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The British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture, fully supports NICE's (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) decision that acupuncture be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain.
A meeting is to be held of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare on acupuncture on 1st November 2011, 6-8pm. The event will showcase new research into acupuncture, its cost-effectiveness and the opportunities it provides for patient choice within the NHS. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Integrated healthcare aims to raise in Parliament the profile of integrated healthcare, to monitor new initiatives, and to work to ensure a better deal for people who use such services. Its commitment is to look into issues of interest and importance to people who use such services, healthcare professionals and the NHS. The issues it investigates are wide ranging: from access to services to the approach by the advertising standards authority to professionals who work in the field. Attendees at meetings include MPs and Peers, healthcare professionals, user representatives, and representatives from voluntary organisations. The APPG is lead by David Tredinnick, MP, independent of any interests of people who attend the group.
You can contact your MP to ask them to attend this meeting using this service: www.writetothem.com. Members will be informed after the event of which MPs attended.
A follow up event is occurring for Chinese New Year on 25th Jan 2012.
The British Acupuncture believes acupuncture has an important role to play in meeting the needs of people with long term health conditions and complex needs. The British Acupuncture Council can provide information to patients and carers to assist with their research as to how acupuncture can play its part in meeting their care plan. As Craig Minto, a British Acupuncture Council member states, 'I am involved in a personal care budget pilot in Medway and find that personal budgets can assist in making sure people have access to the best possible acupuncture support'.
The BAcC remains fully committed to pursuing statutory regulation. Our standards and aspirations more than meet those of other regulated bodies and we are convinced that we deserve to stand alongside them.
The BAcC regularly meets with the Department of Health to pursue this issue and recently met with the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence to discuss engaging with its process of taking on voluntary registers.
This BAcC is launching an opportunity for advocates of traditional acupuncture and the BAcC to be Associates of the BAcC. The main aim is to create a community of individuals (and charitable organisations) who wish to support the BAcC. This will help to increase awareness of the BAcC's members and their work, and enable individuals to demonstrate their support. Associates are common in many membership organisations.
An Associate of BAcC can come from all walks of life, for example, a retired acupuncturist or retired BAcC member or a charity with an interest in acupuncture - or even an extremely supportive patient or ex-patient. The scheme is however, not open to BAcC members, nor is it a replacement to any form of membership that the BAcC currently offers e.g. full practising, non practising or overseas membership
Associates will receive regular complimentary copies of The Acupuncturist, The European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM) and will be invited to attend the BAcC conference and other one day events.
To become an Associate download the attached booking form and send it with your payment to Di at 63 Jeddo Road or
Costs will be £60 per year from January to December or pro-rata depending upon the month in which you join. Costs will be £25 for July to December 2011 as the scheme is opening in July 2011.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has appointed Pegasus after a 10-way pitch process to raise the profile of BAcC and drive patients through its members' doors. The campaign will ensure acupuncture is placed firmly on the media agenda, generating positive national exposure which informs consumers where and how to find a BAcC practitioner.
In the quarterly magazine of Anxiety UK, an article about 'Anxiety and Acupuncture'
Anxiety is more than just being anxious.
Just as migraine sufferers get righteously indignant when someone claims to be a fellow sufferer but can still get to work, eat and stand the daylight, so anxiety sufferers know that they bear only the slightest resemblance to people who feel a bit nervous or have 'butterflies in the tummy.' Clinical anxiety is a crippling affliction which can sometimes defy all of the medications and talking therapies that someone can throw at it.
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