The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of five practitioner members (including the Chair) and four lay representatives. The Board ensures that the BAcC meets its responsibilities to promote the benefits of traditional acupuncture as a valid system of healthcare; safeguard the public; promote members' interests and uphold benchmark standards of education and practice. Members of all the GB and BAcC committees and advisory groups agree to abide by the seven key principles of public office - the Nolan Principles. At every meeting of the GB its members are required to declare any conflicts of interest. The GB regularly reviews its good governance practice.
Current practitioner members on the BAcC Governing Board are Charles Buck (chair), Ron Bishop, Ming Cheng, Isobel Cosgrove, and Philip Rose-Neil. Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board are David Abrahams, Charles Cecil, Shelley Adams and Peter Ward. In addition, non-voting attendees of the BAcC Governing Board include a lay Treasurer, Rob Strange MBE, and a Company Secretary, John Wheeler.
The GB is helped by a number of subcommittees and advisory groups working on specific areas, including finance, education, professional conduct, and research. Appropriate lay representation ensures that the BAcC's processes for developing policies and guidelines are fair, transparent, free from bias, and serve the public interest at all times. A patient and public involvement group reviews the BAcC's Strategy, Business Plans, and public facing activity, such as complaints procedures. Please contact us for an up-to-date list of BAcC subcommittees and advisory groups.
Dates of Governing Board (GB) meetings for 2015 are Monday, 9 February 2015, Thursday, 11 June 2015, and Friday, 16 October 2015. If you wish to attend a Governing Board meeting as an Observer, please review the policy below for more information and contact details.
At the last GB on 16TH October 2014 the meeting reviewed the following areas, which are of public interest:
- Data from the Adverse Incident Scheme - the BAcC Safe Practice Officer will be following up this data and also plans to revise the codes of safe practice.
- Comments from the patient group on the most recent PSA accreditation of the BAcC.
- A report from the Registrar which highlighted areas where admissions processes were being strengthened – including improved quality assurance processes, questions by applicants about Criminal Record Bureau, Safe Practice Self Audit procedures and a minimum score for International English Language Testing System of 6.5 overall.
- Training of the joint Professional Conduct and Investigating Committees.
The day-to-day work of the BAcC is carried out in our West London office by a small experienced team, led by Chief Executive Officer Nick Pahl. Many of the staff are qualified acupuncturists who also offer skills in other specialist areas; the rest of the team bring vital knowledge and experience from other fields of business. This wide spread of expertise helps us provide a rapid and authoritative response to both members of the public and our members.
The BAcC funds several important initiatives including: the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB), an independent body responsible for setting standards in teaching institutions providing undergraduate training in acupuncture; the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC), which provides information, advice and support on research to acupuncturists; and the European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM), published twice a year.
The BAcC is also a founder member of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA).