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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:06

Anxiety: the silent sufferers

New research out today suggests that anxiety is often suffered in silence, as over two thirds of the estimated three million UK sufferers fail to seek treatment.
The study carried out by the British Acupuncture Council and Anxiety UK, to mark World Mental Health Day (10th October), questioned whether sufferers are currently aware of all the alternative options available to them.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:21

Back care awareness week

As you may know, BackCare Awareness Week 2013 starts this Monday 7th of October and runs until the 11th of October. The theme for the week is 'Caring for Carers'. BackCare UK  has a newly published booklet with the latest research and advice especially focused to help carers which comes along with a free DVD. The pack also has the latest poster and balloons!

 

You can order the pack now via the link http://www.backcaretrading.org.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=101

 

They are also taking last minute orders via the phone 02089775474 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 16:10

Traditional acupuncture and depression

A major new piece of research has just been published entitled 'Acupuncture & Counselling for Depression in Primary Care - A Randomised Controlled Trial'. The study was carried out by research scientists at York University, and this is the first major study to look at evaluating in such a thorough way, the clinical impact of acupuncture and counselling for patients with ongoing depression.

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.

Friday, 17 May 2013 08:52

Anxiety Research Project Launches

To promote Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May), The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has partnered with Anxiety UK, the country's leading anxiety disorders charity to launch a joint research project and increase awareness of how traditional acupuncture can help those with anxiety disorders.

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Katie Osborne

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