We are pleased to announce that Paul Hitchcock will be our new chief executive, joining us in July. As well as his current NHS role Paul brings valuable experience from his time as director of the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF), which looks after professional healthcare bodies similar to the BAcC. We hope you will join us in welcoming Paul to the BAcC at this time of great change and opportunity.
We are running a prize draw on facebook to coincide with Acupuncture Awareness Week - one lucky winner will receive six treatments from a local British Acupuncture Council member.
All you need to do is like our page and answer a couple of simple questions (there is no right or wrong!)
The competition runs until 18 March 2014. Full terms and conditions are accessible from the competition page.
Please note that the competition requires that you are a facebook user. The competition is designed for desktop browsers and will not work in the facebook mobile app.
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We are running a prize draw on facebook - one lucky winner will receive six treatments from a local British Acupuncture Council member.
The competition runs until 17 October 2013. Full terms and conditions are accessible from the competition page.
The BAcC continues to receive calls and emails about the NHBTS policy that any patient who has had acupuncture treatment delivered by a practitioner who is not statutorily regulated has to wait four months before they can donate blood. This change to the NHSBT's donor criteria came into effect in late 2009,and with the statutory regulation of acupuncturists now unlikely in the foreseeable future, this could mean that someone having regular treatment with a BAcC member would never qualify to donate blood.
The BAcC has exemplary safety standards and campaigned vigorously to challenge this decision. We have since done our best to make sure that all of our members let their patients know that they must wait four months to donate blood or bone marrow products.
The official notification and rationale for the decision is available on http://www.transfusionguidelines.org/document-library/documents/change-notification-no-32-2009/download-file/dl_change_note_2009_32.pdf and http://www.transfusionguidelines.org/document-library/documents/change-notification-no-33-2009/download-file/dl_change_note_2009_33.pdf but some enquirers have found this difficult to locate on official sites.
The BAcC is fully committed to reversing this decision for the benefit of the patients of its members. The recent accreditation of the BAcC under the Professional Standards Authority Assured Voluntary Register scheme has given us hope that this new flagship scheme will provide the recognition of exemplary standards the BAcC needs for its members to be granted exemption from the deferral period for donation.
Back pain is no longer just the curse of middle age according to new research released today as 1 in 3 people under the age of 35 admit to constantly suffering with the condition.
Despite the common occurrence of back pain amongst the under 35s as identified by the research, nearly 4% of people aged between 18 and 24 years old claim they visited a GP about their problem and were turned away without treatment.
The most common cause of back pain for the nation, the research study, was wear and tear (21%) however nearly 9% blame gardening and a further 10% say lifting heavy work equipment was the culprit. Over 2% of those polled are clearly getting more of it than others as they admit their back pain is the result of having lots of sex!
The independent study, in which 1,000 UK men and women were questioned, was carried out on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council to mark Back Care Awareness Week which takes place 8th – 12th October.
Its common knowledge that the UK is a nation of pill poppers and this research supports that as a nearly half of those polled (48%) admit they rely on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to deal with their back pain. Over 12% however prefer the natural route using acupuncture and massage to get relief. Surprisingly 15% have not sought any professional help and ignored their back pain, whilst 4% suffer in silence because they don't know how to deal with it.
Nick Pahl, CEO, the British Acupuncture Council, the UK's leading governing body for the practice of acupuncture, comments on the research: "It's clear from the results that back pain can have a significant effect on our wellbeing and much of the nation is relying on over-the-counter or prescription medication to cope with it. However there are proven, natural ways to combat the pain including acupuncture. In fact the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for patients with persistent low back pain."
Back pain can have a huge impact on our everyday lives say those surveyed with over 18% admitting it has made them depressed and nearly a quarter (24%) claiming it has affected how much exercise they do. Sadly over 9% are on constant medication because of their condition and 6% have lost their job over it. Though a surprising 9% of the nation say back pain has impacted on their sex life!
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