Gavin Erickson

Gavin Erickson

Saturday, 16 August 2014 09:00

WHO list of conditions

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials


Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Insurance FAQs

These are common questions the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) receives from potential members and members in relation to Medical Malpractice/Public Liability Liability Insurance.

1. Do I need to carry Medical Malpractice/Public Liability Insurance to practice as an acupuncturist?

As a professional you are always at risk of legal action being taken against you in respect of your legal liability for loss arising from breach of a professional duty. The professional indemnity insurance for acupuncturists policy protects you, providing you with cover in respect of both any claims that are made against you and the legal costs associated with any defence.

2. How do I take out this insurance with the BAcC?

It is a block membership based policy, which is included in your membership. You will need to contact the BAcC who will check your qualifications and if you are eligible you would apply for registration with them as a member. If you become a member the insurance arrangements will be put into place from the date you join.

3. Can I take up my membership without insurance

Membership includes insurance. The only exceptions are those who are Registered Medical Practitioners, those working solely within the NHS and those practising 'high risk' therapies such as osteopathy, chiropractic, manipulative therapy, colonic irrigation etc. which the bloc policy does not cover. Cover to include acupuncture and 'high risk' therapy can be provided separately by the insurers. If this is taken up the insurance part of membership is excluded from the fees.

4. I was a member some years ago, how do I re-join?

If it is within 2 years of leaving you can have automatic re-entry. If it is after 2 years, you need to go through a re-admissions procedure via the Admissions Department of the BAcC.

5. What is the limit of liability of cover I have for my Medical Malpractice/ Public Liability?

£5,000,000 any one event, which is also claims occurring, i.e. if you were insured when the incident happened you remain covered even after your membership and 'active' insurance ceases. This differs from 'claims made' policies where you have to be insured at the time the claim is actually made.

Our broker

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Lockton is the world's largest privately owned global insurance broker with over 5,000 employees in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Lockton delivers insurance and risk management services to organisations of all sizes as well as individuals.


Healthcare is a highly complex area of risk with a vast diversity of services, dynamic regulatory environment, challenging financial circumstances and growing patient expectations.

The Lockton healthcare broking team is one the largest in the UK, with unparalleled expertise across the sector in managing risk and insurance.

About RSA

RSA (Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc) is the principle insurer to the BAcC Indemnity scheme. With a 300-year heritage, RSA is one of the world's leading multinational insurance groups and is an established 'A' rated insurer. Today, it employs around 23,000 people, serving 17 million customers in over 140 countries.

The company's focus is to deliver strong and effective performance, even in the most challenging market conditions.

RSA will provide the key component of the insurance; the Professional Indemnity to protect against any claims of clinical negligence and public and products liability claims.

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Monday, 07 July 2014 18:50

Show migraines the door

BAcC member Rhiannon Griffiths on traditional acupuncture for migraine relief.

Jenni's sciatica resumed after a hip operation. She found instant relief from acupuncture.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Join the BAcC

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.

Stand tall

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.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:04

Kate: How I beat the odds to be a mum again

The 43 year old BBC presenter credits acupuncture with helping her conceive again.

Kate used acupuncture as part of her regime to stay in shape emotionally and physically.

...bur were afraid to ask

Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:39

Bye bye back pain

Got a niggle in your back? You're not alone...

Complaints policy and procedure


Policy statement

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is committed to providing a good quality service in dealing with members of the public, practitioners and other professional organisations. It takes all complaints seriously and sees them as an important tool for continually improving our service.


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.

Stage 1

Contact the manager of the member of staff who has been dealing with your matter

Stage 2

Write to the chief executive of the BAcC


Chief Executive Officer
British Acupuncture Council,
63 Jeddo Road,
London W12 9HQ

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phone 020 8735 1200
fax 020 8735 0404


Stage 3

Write to the chair of the BAcC's Governing Board

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.


Click here to view the current Professional Conduct Committee findings and orders