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'Patients who suffer from depression may benefit more from acupuncture or counseling alongside their usual care, compared with usual care alone. This is according to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.'
'Patients with depression who received acupuncture or counselling on top of their usual care in primary care experienced greater improvement in their depressive symptoms at three months than patients who received usual care alone, UK researchers have found.'
How we use your information
This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) collects personal information. Personal information is held strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
It applies to information we collect about:
- visitors to our websites
- people who use our services, for example to enquire about the services of our members or acupuncture generally
- our members
- job applicants and our current and former employees
- any other information that you choose to send to us
Visitors to our websites
When someone visits www.acupuncture.org.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone other than in circumstances such as logging into the member area, when we need to identify our members.
We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those non-members visiting any of our websites, which are generally hosted on subdomains of acupuncture.org.uk, for example:
We will not associate any data gathered from these sites with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be upfront about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve our website and search functionality. No user-specific data is collected by either the BAcC or any third party.
We deliver a monthly e-newsletter to our members and student members. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter.
People who telephone us
When you call the BAcC we may record your call for training purposes and to help us improve our service.
People who email us
Any email sent to us, including any attachments, may be monitored and used by us for reasons of security and for monitoring compliance with office policy. Email monitoring or blocking software may also be used. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send to us is within the bounds of the law.
Complaints about the BAcC
All complaints about the BAcC are treated seriously and we will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. For details see our complaints policy.
Complaints about our members
The BAcC has strict disciplinary procedures and all complaints are treated as confidential. We usually have to disclose the complainant's identity to the member concerned, however sometimes we will pursue a complaint against a member where the complainant wishes to remain anonymous. We will keep personal information in a safe place and access will be restricted according to the 'need to know' principle.
We never publish the names of complainants but we do publish the names of members in the event that findings and/or orders are made against them by the Professional Conduct Committee.
People who use BAcC online services
The BAcC offers various services to the public and to members, including:
- Find an acupuncturist: practitioner search via the website and also via telephone enquiry
- 'Ask an expert': an advisory service where people can pose questions to an in-house acupuncturist
- public surveys
- public online promotions
- event booking
- BAcC presence on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Googleplus
- member area of website
- online shop
- member surveys
- member online promotions
- event booking
Most of services we provide are run in their entirety by the BAcC. Exceptions would be surveys and competitions, which may be partly hosted with third parties.
Where possible, we do not request personally identifiable information unless it is necessary for the functionality of the service being provided. In accordance with the Data Protection Act, we do not request more information than necessary to supply the service. For example, surveys may or may not have personal data attached, whereas competitions will need personal data in order to inform a winner. Similarly, identities are needed in order to sign into the member area of the website. However, we only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes. When people do subscribe to our services, they can cancel their subscription at any time and are given an easy way of doing this.
Where financial transactions take place online, personal details such as name and address are stored on the BAcC servers, however we do not directly request or retain financial details such as credit card numbers, back account details, etc. Financial transactions take place via a third party - the BAcC uses WorldPay as a payments processor - who handles transactions in a secure manner. In this workflow, a successful transaction is the only detail notified to the BAcC who are never party to the financial details of an individual in these processes.
Online promotions and competitions
When entering an online promotion or competition run by the BAcC, note that any information gathered is stored in a secure manner on systems administered directly by the BAcC, and not on any third party systems nor on any host social media platforms.
Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual's prior consent.
The information an individual provides, including name and contact information, will not be sold or distributed in any manner and will be used solely by the BAcC, at the discretion of the BAcC. For further details please see our terms and conditions.
Job applicants, current/former BAcC employees, committee members, Governing Board members
When individuals apply to work or take up a position at the BAcC, we will only use the information they supply to us to process their application and to monitor recruitment statistics. Where we want to disclose information to a third party, for example where we want to take up a reference or obtain a 'disclosure' from the Criminal Records Bureau we will not do so without informing them beforehand unless the disclosure is required by law.
Personal information about unsuccessful candidates will be held for 12 months after the recruitment exercise has been completed, it will then be destroyed or deleted. We may use depersonalised statistical information about applicants to help inform our recruitment activities, but no individuals are identifiable from that data.
Access to personal information
You can obtain confirmation of the basic information that we hold about you at any time. If it is incorrect we will correct it when we have received the appropriate notice or evidence from you in writing. You can make a request in writing for information that we hold about you, under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
To make a request to the BAcC for any personal information we may hold about you, you should put your request in writing to the address provided below.
Changes to this privacy notice
We aim to keep our privacy notice under review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 September 2013.
How to contact us
British Acupuncuture Council
63 Jeddo Road
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Speaking about his views on balancing conventional medicine with complementary treatments he said: 'I know lots of people who find they aren't benefited in every case by just the conventional, orthodox drug and finally discover that actually an approach - whether it's herbal medicine or acupuncture or various other forms of complementary medicine - actually does benefit them.'
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A major new piece of research has just been published entitled 'Acupuncture & Counselling for Depression in Primary Care - A Randomised Controlled Trial'. The study was carried out by research scientists at York University, and this is the first major study to look at evaluating in such a thorough way, the clinical impact of acupuncture and counselling for patients with ongoing depression.
From the healthcare innovations supplement in Saturday 21st September 2013 issue of the guardian - a piece on recent studies from University of York. Download the pdf for the full item.
If you choose to enter any of the competitions on this site, it is assumed that you have carefully read the following terms and conditions and agree to adhere to them.
- All competitions are organised by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) at 63 Jeddo Road, London W12 9HQ.
- An entrant must be resident in the United Kingdom and aged 18 or over. An entrant must not be a member, student member, employee or contractor of the BAcC or any person directly or indirectly involved in the organisation or running of the competition, or their direct family members. The BAcC reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants. In some instances, an entrant may need to show that they can fulfil further eligibility requirements, for example a valid passport, visas and/or driver’s licence if a competition prize includes travel outside the United Kingdom and/or car hire.
- In the event that any competition entrant is disqualified, the BAcC in its sole discretion may decide whether a replacement entrant should be selected. In this event, any further entrant will be selected on the same criteria as the original entrant and will be subject to these rules.
- Only one entry per person per competition is allowed and multiple entries will result in an entrant being disqualified. Where a winner has been selected and the BAcC discovers or has reasonable grounds to believe the winner has made more than one entry, the BAcC reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Any further entrant will be selected on the same criteria as the original entrant and will be subject to these rules.
- All competition entries must be received by the closing date specified on the competition entry page. Any entries received after this date will be automatically disqualified.
- Proof of posting, online submission or email cannot be accepted as proof of delivery or receipt of your entry. The BAcC cannot accept responsibility for the delay or loss of a competition entry resulting from an action outside of its control. This includes, but does not exclusively consist of, strikes by the postal service, server malfunctions or computer bugs and viruses.
- Winners will be drawn randomly from all qualifying entries received within 28 days of the closing date, unless otherwise specified on the competition entry page. Tie-breakers will be judged by the BAcC and, if required by law, by an independent adjudicator. In all matters, the decision of the judge(s) and the BAcC shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
- Winners will be notified with 28 days of the closing date of the competition. Should the prize notification be returned as undeliverable, or a reply to the notification be received after the allotted time, the prize winner will be disqualified and an alternative winner will be selected. If more than one prize is awarded, only one prize per entrant will be awarded. The BAcC reserves the right to publish the names of competition winner(s) online on the BAcC websites or through the relevant print media. To receive a list of competition winners by post, write to the British Acupuncture Council, 63 Jeddo Road, London W12 9HQ, including a self-addressed stamped envelope and specifying the competition name.
- Claims for prizes must be made within the time specified on the prize notification. Failure to claim a prize within this time or in the manner specified may result in disqualification and selection of an alternative winner. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The BAcC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
- Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the BAcC and no prizes will be awarded as a result of improper actions by or on behalf of any entrant.
- All taxes, insurances, transfers, spending money and other expenses (including meals or personal expenses, upgrades, etc, as the case may be) unless specifically stated, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.
- The BAcC cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize. The BAcC is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, telephone lines or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person’s computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition. Nothing shall exclude the BAcC's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
- The BAcC reserves the right to amend these competition rules at any time without prior notice. The BAcC may also create additional rules which may apply to specific competitions only. In this instance, any additional rules will be published on the relevant competition entry page.
- In the event of a dispute with regard to a competition or its outcome, the decision of the BAcC is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The BAcC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the above terms and conditions.
- Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s prior consent.
- Where the online promotions are presented in a social media platform, the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the host social media platform. Specifically, online promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by any of the following:
- Facebook, Inc
- Google, Inc
- LinkedIn corporation
- Twitter, Inc
- The information an individual provides, including name and contact information, will not be sold or distributed in any manner and will be used solely by the BAcC, at the discretion of the BAcC. The BAcC reserves the right to use all participants’ images including, but not limited to, Facebook profile images. The BAcC reserves the right to post said images on the BAcC website or associated microsites, the BAcC Facebook page, the BAcC Twitter account, the BAcC LinkedIn pages and the BAcC Google+ pages, as well as any other media platform representing the BAcC.
- The winner of an online promotion will be notified and awarded in accordance with the promotion’s accompanying terms and conditions.
- By accepting and/or using the prize(s), the winner consents to the use of his/her name, voice and/or likeness for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and upon request will provide such consent in writing.
- Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity and the BAcC reserves the right to use the names and addresses of winners in any publicity.
- The competition and the terms and conditions of this agreement will be governed by English law.
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One of the fundraisers, police staff member Jackie Campbell is a MS sufferer and user of the centre -"I now visit twice a week for acupuncture and massages - and for general fellowship"
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Supermodel Jodie Kidd talks lifestyle in the Daily Mail - Jodie is supporting the Simplyhealth back care app which includes British Acupuncture Council members in its practitioner list. Simplyhealth will be donating £1 for every download to the charity Backcare.