HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO CD
British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) Facilitator Aaron Kenneth Ward-Atherton Lord of Witley & Hurcott, was recently formally recently invited to a royal reception at St. James Palace in London, hosted by HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York. Also present were members of the Saudi Royal Family and many other high profile dignitaries.
His Royal Highness was particularly interested to hear about the role of Complementary therapies in the NHS, and the formation of the new British Acupuncture Federation and particularly its incentive of fulfilling the House of Lords CAM recommendations of ‘working together’ . HRH gave his full support for the BAF, for its innovation, diversity and vision for the future, particularly the roll it will play in informing the public of best and safe practice in the delivery of different styles of Acupuncture both within the NHS and Independent practice.
The Duke of York is a full-time working member of the Royal Family, and is sixth in line to the throne. HRH carries out official engagements in support of Her Majesty The Queen, and works to promote economic growth and skilled job creation in the United Kingdom.
The Duke of York believes entrepreneurs will be the growth and job creators of the future, and he therefore supports initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship and is also conscious that the United Kingdom has always been a great innovator and the importance of innovation in creating new enterprises. On education, the Duke of York is committed to supporting a wide range of pathways, including vocational learning, to ensure that people develop relevant skills to allow them to become economically active.
Ken Ward-Atherton has been Patron of the Integrated Therapies Unit at Christie Hospital NHS Trust Foundation Manchester since 2005, and supports the provision of Complementary therapies as part of cancer care. He is trained in both Western & Traditional Chinese Acupuncture as well as a range of other Complementary Therapies, and has been in clinical practice for more than 30 years. He was a selected DH funded committee member that produced the first Government report on Acupuncture & Herbal Medicines for the Minister of State for Health in 2008.
As well as facilitating the British Acupuncture Federation, Ken is an experienced Healthcare Professional having worked extensively in mainstream health care in the NHS, prior to his career in Complementary Medicine.
HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO CD - Supports the BAF
HRH Prince Andrew in discussions with BAF Facilitator – Ken Ward-Atherton
Cherie Blair CBE QC - Supports the BAF
Cherie Blair CBE QC
Cherie Booth is recognised both nationally and internationally, she a leading barrister specialising in arbitration, mediation, public law, human rights, employment law and European Community law. Cherie is the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a pioneering international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments, corporate and private clients. She has appeared in a number of leading cases both at home and abroad specialising in employment, discrimination, and public law.
She is a Queen's Counsel and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Largest NHS workers union, supports the BAF
BAF Independent Chair – Sir Bill Connor has recently signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation on behalf of the British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) and the Unison Healthcare group. Sir Bill said “I am delighted to have facilitated and negotiated this groundbreaking agreement, which means Unison and BAF agree to work together in their mutual interest to facilitate the BAF in promoting the safe and effective use of acupuncture within the healthcare sector and so ensuing proper protection of the public”.
UNISON is one of the UK's largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. UNISON represents full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors. UNISON are politically active within Government and represent a considerable number of NHS Professionals, including nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and paramedics – along with many other allied Health Professionals.
Former Chair and now Specialist Advisor to BAF - Sir Bill Connor
Sir Bill was general secretary of Usdaw, from 1997 – 2004 and was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2003 New Year’s Honours list for his service to Industrial Relations.. During his time with Usdaw Sir Bill Connor is noted for the launch of the Lifelong Learning programme to teach shop workers everything from computer skills to foreign languages, and the Freedom From Fear campaign against violence at work experienced by shop workers Under Sir Bill’s tenure Usdaw also developed important partnerships with retail giants such as Tesco. In his period of office as GS additionally he is noted for expanding Usdaw’s membership from 40,000 to 323,000, commenting that he believed that there is scope for even more growth.
In his 33 years as an Usdaw official he represented members at all levels including international forums in the European Community and at one time held the position of Vice-President of the Commerce sector of the Union Network International.
He was appointed independent chair of the BAF in 2013.
Obituary - Professor George Lewith MA DM FRCP MRCGP (University of Southampton) Complementary Medicine Champion & Researcher
I got to know George very well in the early 1980’s attending several Acupuncture courses for medics and NHS healthcare professionals at the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Southampton. At the time he shared and ran the practice in Southampton with Dr Julian Kenyon, frequently organising many trips to Germany where we were introduced to the Vega and EAV (Electro-Acupuncture acc to Voll) techniques, involving the application of Homeopathic remedies from electrical measurements of Acupuncture points.
With his ever inquiring mind, Professor Lewith took a keen interest in many popular German medical ideologies over the years, including complex homeopathy and other modalities of natural healing interventions, especially at a time when little was known outside Germany of what some might have described as innovative thinking within the realms of ‘non-drug’ approaches to Healthcare .
Apart from being a great friend and colleague, George will be remembered as an outstanding University researcher and a man of principles, who despite a scientific conventional medical training was willing to explore other therapeutic options for his patients – even when it meant intense personal backlashes against his professional character and beliefs, often from his own medical and scientific community.
His keen interest in advancing all things Complementary, kept myself and many others in touch over the years - so sad to see him go at this early age - may he rest in peace
Aaron Kenneth Ward-Atherton
Lord of Witley & Hurcott
Facilitator – British Acupuncture Federation (BAF)