Gavin Erickson

Gavin Erickson

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) was pleased to hear the discussion around the role of acupuncture on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this morning.

Of particular interest is how there is growing recognition of the use of acupuncture in the primary care or general practice context.

GPs are experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand for their services across the UK, with an increase in face-to-face contact with patients of 13% and an increase in telephone contacts of 63%.1

Such increases are not entirely unexpected, given the changes in age demographics and corresponding rise in numbers of patients with long-term conditions and co-morbidities. Adding to the burden of sheer numbers is the recognition that such conditions often cannot be fully resolved by the usual western medical management options, leading to an increase in anxiety for many patients; a rise in numbers of the so-called ‘worried well’.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 23:24

Acupuncture reduces crying in colicky babies

A Swedish university study published yesterday concluded that acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for babies that continue to cry when conventional approaches have been unsuccessful.

They recruited healthy infants, aged 2-8 weeks, who were still crying more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, after having cow’s milk protein excluded from their/their mothers’ diet. In this randomised trial 98 babies had 4 sessions of acupuncture over 2 weeks and 49 had no acupuncture. All of them received gold standard conventional treatment in specialist child health centres. The acupuncture was minimal (very few needles, very shallow insertion, retained for a very short time period), according to usual practice among acupuncturists who specialise in treating infants. Effectiveness was measured in crying time, as recorded in diaries by the parents. Note that parents (and nurses) were both blinded, i.e. they didn’t know whether their baby was getting acupuncture or not, to avoid biasing the results.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:40

Danny Maxwell

After completing an MA in English and Italian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Danny went on to train in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage in both the UK and China. He currently practises from clinics in London and Somerset. Danny is also the editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, the foremost international English language journal dealing with all aspects of Chinese Medicine. In 2004 he founded and the charity World Medicine, which facilitates acupuncturists and other CAM practitioners travelling around the world to where their skills are desperately needed. He has lectured on acupuncture and Chinese medicine at various colleges, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of the Chinese martial arts, qigong and meditation.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:35

Ron Bishop

Ron Bishop is a practitioner member of the GB.

Founder member of the BAcC.Registered Osteopath ‎and Naturopath. Past Chair Executive Committee and Past Chair GB of BAcC.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:30

Rob Strange

Rob Strange OBE is an experienced Trustee, NED and Chief Executive, a Chartered Director and Chartered Banker, with considerable experience within the financial and not-for-profit sectors. He was, until 30.4.13, a Trustee of IOSH and has held other Trustee and Non Executive Director roles as well as serving on five Finance & Audit Committees. He is currently a Trustee of the charities Greensleeves Homes Trust (Vice Chairman from 1 October 2014), Education for Health and the Child Migrants Trust (until 2014), in addition to his role as Lay Treasurer of the British Acupuncture Council.

He is now an independent consultant to Boards of Directors, including at present Southalls (Safety Cloud), and an Interim CEO, having fulfilled this role recently for both the Association for Project Safety and also the British Acupuncture Council.  He was awarded the OBE in 2008 for his services to occupational safety and health.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:29

Anthony Lock

Anthony Lock has held various positions to director level in major quoted and unquoted companies, working in both the UK and The Netherlands. He holds an honours degree in business with marketing as a specialism.

He is also a director of three freehold property management companies, a non-executive board director of Tenancy Deposit Solutions Limited over eight years and a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) for ten years and has been a non-executive lay member of the British Acupuncture Council since October 2015. He has been a non executive director of the National Landlords Association for 14 years, including being a member of the finance sub-committee and the chairman of the remuneration committee.

In addition Anthony has over sixteen years’ experience in corporate marketing, as well as having run businesses in residential property development and lettings management.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:25

Dr Mingzhao Cheng

Dr Mingzhao Cheng is currently an Associate Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Middlesex University. He has led the development of Chinese medicine courses there for the last 16 years.

He graduated from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 1983 and worked in its orthopaedic department before he was admitted to Oxford University for his Master’s studies in 1987 on a British Government scholarship. He was awarded MSc in Medicine there in 1991. In 1995, he was awarded his PhD degree by University of London after a further 5 years of research work. He continued his post-doctoral medical research until he joined Middlesex University in 2000. He has since been working in the TCM field. He represented TCM on the DH’s working group for regulation.

He has been a member of the BAcC since its inception, an Executive Council member of the ATCM and a council member of the WFCMS. He has been a Governing Board member of the BAcC for the last 5 years.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:23

Cathy Chapman

Cathy qualified as an acupuncturist in 2003 from Westminster University but has been a complementary therapist since 1999, when she completed her training as a massage therapist and aromatherapist.

Cathy currently runs a busy practice from her home in Lancaster working as both an acupuncturist and mentor as well as raising a young family. Past employment includes working for the NHS as an acupuncturist and massage therapist and working as an assistant supervisor in the teaching clinic at Westminster University.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:19

David Abrahams

David Abrahams was appointed a lay member of the Governing Board when it was first established in 2011.

David’s professional background is in policy, regulation and government relations in the technology, telecoms and utility sectors.  Most recently David worked at Nominet as Head of Policy.  Prior to that he worked at communications regulator, Ofcom, where he directed competition investigations, regulatory disputes and consumer protection programmes.

David will step down from the Board in 2017 when he reaches the recommended six year limit for non-executive directors.

David lives in north London with his wife, Naava Carman, who is an acupuncturist and herbalist, and their young son.  David’s Twitter handle is @DAbrahamsUK

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published the Guideline on Low Back Pain and Sciatica that had been produced in draft form in April 2016 as NICE guideline [NG59].

We note with concern the final recommendations published today.

The exclusion of acupuncture from its place in the 2009 guideline we believe to be both a mistake and a retrogressive step.

The British Acupuncture Council wishes to make three clear statements regarding this decision.