The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is Europe’s largest public sector centre for integrated medicine.

The hospital offers a range of therapies which are fully integrated in to the NHS and with conventional medicine.

All therapies are provided by registered health professionals who have additional training in complementary medicine.

With a few exceptions, clinics at RLHIM focus on conditions, or patients, rather than specific therapies. Each clinic offering a range of therapies adapted to the individual needs of the patient. The conditions treated are often complex chronic conditions.

All the doctors at the RLHIM are qualified in conventional medicine and therefore they are able to prescribe and advise on conventional as well as complementary treatment.

Integrated medicine brings together conventional medicine with safe and effective complementary medicine. It emphasises the importance of the doctor patient relationship and the use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve healing and optimal health. At RLHIM patients are active participants in their health care.

Education, research and information

In addition to its clinical services, the RLHIM has academic, research and high-quality information activities including the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS). Our education and training programme includes the UK’s only course for GPs on integrating complementary medicine into daily practice. The research department has conducted randomised controlled trials of acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy, as well as Cochrane Reviews, epidemiological and ethical work.

The Research Department at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is a leading centre for the research of integrated and self-care approaches to health. We conduct a range of evaluations and research studies with the aim of improving services for patients at RLHIM and within the wider NHS. The department works with a number of leading national and international partners in conducting research within the field. The department additionally supervises post graduate research students in collaboration with a number of UK universities. The department has received over one million pounds in research funding, including awards from the National Institute for Health Research and World Health Organisation. The research has been disseminated in over 200 publications.

For further details contact Associate Professor John Hughes, Director of Research

Contact details

RLHIM Research Department
The Peter Fisher Centre
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
60 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HR

Enquiries: Associate Professor John Hughes, Director of Research