3.4 Consider the importance of undertaking a recognised training programme in reflexology

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Principles and Safe Practice for Clinical Practitioner Reflexology 

1.2 Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine

Unit Reference Number


Unit Title

Principles and Safe Practice for Clinical Practitioner Reflexology

Unit Level


Number of Credits


Guided Learning Hours (GLH)


Total Qualification Time (TQT)


Mandatory / Optional


Sector Subject Area (SSA)

1.2 Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine

Unit Grading Structure


Unit Aims
To embed safe working practices of legal responsibilities, professional boundaries, assessed risk to patients, caution and consideration. This unit must be completed before moving on Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology in Illness and Health.

Learning Outcomes, Assessment Criteria, and Indicative Contents

Learning Outcomes – the learner will:

Assessment Criteria – the learner can:

Indicative contents

1.Understand safety, health and welfare principles and practice for Reflexology

1.1 Explain safety, health and welfare principles and practice for reflexology.

1.2 Explain the difference between using clinical reflexology diagnostic skills and medical diagnosis.

Holistic overview recognising the responsibilities required for safe reflexology practice.

Principles of assessment including perception of non- verbal communication

  • Environmental safety
  • Equipment safety
  • Consultation and Informed Consent
  • Professional conduct and Integrity
  • Professional boundaries
  • Confidentiality
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Cultural respect and awareness

Differences between a general wellbeing reflexology training vs specialised with a clinical context.

Differences between a generic treatment and a treatment that is specific to individual need.

Diagnostic observations to develop an appropriate, evidence-based treatment plan.




2. Understand the importance of effective record keeping for all treatments within reflexology

2.1 Explain the reasons why record keeping is essential within reflexology practice.

2.2 Explain the elements necessary for Clinic Record keeping for reflexology


  • Length of time required to keep client records.
  • GDPR.
  • Rules on client confidentiality

Blending information from SOAP notes to provide a holistic overview of treatment and findings.

Effectively acquiring information from study clients to assess findings and record accurately:

  • Verbal
  • Non-verbal
  • Feet + lower legs tactile
  • Visual observations 

Storage of personal data/records.

3. Understand the legislative and regulatory governance of reflexology practice

3.1 Explain the legislation underpinning standards of good practice in reflexology.

3.2 Analyse the role of professional codes of practice in relation to reflexology practice

3.3 Analyse the role of professional bodies in relation to reflexology.

3.4 Consider the importance of undertaking a recognised training programme in reflexology

Expectation of understanding:

Health and Safety; Risk assessment; Informed consent; GDPR; Safeguarding Adults and Children; Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Own professional code of practice e.g. GMC; NMC Code of Practice (CREA and reflexology members organisation as student and graduate)

Profession voluntarily regulated, therefore standards assured via regulated training CREA / OTHM / Ofqual; NOS – SFHCNH11

Informed practice

To achieve a ‘pass’ for this unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria.

Learning Outcomes to be met

Assessment criteria to be covered

Type of assessment

Word count

All 1 to 3

All AC’s under LO 1 to 3

Group Tasks, course work and seminars


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