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The BAcC is the membership body for career practitioners of professional traditional acupuncture. We are globally recognised and a leading member of the European Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture.
Our membership is comprised of those who have completed degree level qualifications or equivalent. Through our sister organization, the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, we ensure high standards of acupuncture education in the UK and its professional standing.
Develop your practice
If you're just starting out, the BAcC supports you through regional groups and professional development leads. Services include business/legal support, marketing templates, forums and social media communities. In our London office we have full time staff to provide advice on marketing, safe practice, legal and Continuing Professional Development matters. We host an annual conference and research symposium, provide a peer review journal (EJOM) a monthly e news bulletin, and a members newsletter five times a year. For all members, however, long they have been with us, we offer piece of mind with standard insurance and legal protection and expert advice from our specialist staff team.
We offer enhanced status as we are the only traditional acupuncture body accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority assured voluntary register scheme. For those who are looking further enhance their professional standing, we offer a Fellowship scheme. Our high standards also in practice mean that you can access patients from private health insurers and the NHS.
As an institution, the British Acupuncture Council we offer a voice, campaigning visibly for traditional acupuncture. BAcC can trace its roots back to the early 60s and has been working tirelessly to promote the value of traditional acupuncture to the public and policy makers since its formation from five precursor associations in 1996.
In short, BAcC membership ensures that its members are well trained, safe and effective – with ongoing quality validated by external scrutiny. We look forward to welcoming you as a BAcC member.
Complaints policy and procedure
In considering complaints we aim to apply the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's Principles of Good Administration, which are:
- getting it right
- being customer focused
- being open and accountable
- acting fairly and proportionately
- putting things right
- seeking continuous improvement
Who can complain?
Anyone who comes into contact with our organisation and who is unhappy or dissatisfied with the service they receive can complain. For example, you may wish to complain about the way we answered your query or correspondence or any delay in getting back to you.
Who do I complain to?
We have a three-stage process for dealing with your complaint. If you remain dissatisfied at any stage, you have the option of taking your complaint to the next stage.
How long will it take to deal with my complaint?
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within seven working days and aim to give you a full response within twenty-eight days. On rare occasions this might take longer, if there is a lack of documentary evidence or the matter needs further investigation.
What to do if you are unhappy about the service you have received from your practitioner
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