The Acupuncture Society is an association and register of professional acupuncture therapists and was formed to promote the development of TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other Oriental Therapies such as Tuina, Acupressure and Auricular Acupuncture as effective complementary medical practices. Our membership is composed of Chinese Traditional, Medical, Orthopaedic, Korean and Auricular Acupuncturists, Chinese Herbalists and Oriental Body Workers.
Members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and a Code of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice. Members are obliged to comply with local health authority safety, hygiene and sterilization requirements, government regulation and carry full indemnity insurance, undergo first aid training and attend CPD courses. All members are on the Acupuncture Society professional register of practitioners
The Society provides support to practitioners in all aspects of their clinical practice, licensing, insurance, first aid, sharps disposal, updates on regulation, disciplinary and appeals procedures and current professional standards etc.
The British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA) trains doctors and nurses in western acupuncture which has evolved from over 30 years of acupuncture training courses with the overall aim being to equip professionals with the best standards of education to support a successful and responsible career in medical acupuncture.
Founded in 1976, the Academy is rapidly growing. Such is the growth of interest in the subject that a genuine need exists for a practical and somewhat simplified approach to what has been traditionally a confusing art, steeped in terminology and ideals not accepted by western doctors. The form of acupuncture known as Western Acupuncture is a modified form of the traditional Chinese art, and is essentially based upon the observations of George Nieman, the founder President of the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture. The principal aim of the Academy is to achieve and maintain acceptable and high standards of Acupuncture training. The British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture is one of the four bodies involved in intense negotiation with The Department of Health to introduce legislation.
Chinese Medical Institute and Register
The Chinese Medical Institute and Register (CMIR) was established in 1994 by the AcuMedic Foundation and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. A member of the Chinese Medical Council (CMC), the China-UK Consortium for Medical Integration, Research and Collaboration (CUC) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), it is dedicated to the modernisation of Chinese medicine and its proper integration into conventional mainstream medical practice.
The Institute maintains a register of properly qualified practitioners, who abide by a set code of practice and provides a forum for academic exchange and public awareness of the benefits and development of Chinese medicine.
Members are qualified medical doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a degree or diploma in Chinese medicine and acupuncture from a recognised professional training institution or are Chinese medical doctors, who have completed a degree from an accredited Chinese medical university in China, such as Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
There are also categories for specialist, associate and student membership.
Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine
The ICNM (Charity no. 1123644) provides the public with information about the safe and appropriate choice of Complementary Medicine and promotes and supports Best Practice for all practitioners and therapists who work within Complementary Medicine.
The ICNM offers a search facility for the public to access practitioners and therapists who are members of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP).
The ICNM recognises that CAM practitioners make a complementary diagnosis (as distinct from a medical diagnosis) allowing the practitioner to suggest appropriate treatment for the particular client/patient. It also actively supports the regulatory process for CAM..
Additionally the ICNM administers the BRCP which was established in 1989 and is one of the longest-running registers for CAM practitioners. The national Register is made up of discipline Divisions. Each Division has Advisors with relevant clinical expertise who support the BRCP Registrar with membership applications, course accreditation and research enquiries.
The ICNM offers a career structure for its BRCP members from Therapist to Practitioner to Senior Practitioner and is actively engaged in the development of training standards. It accredits CAM Training Courses and provides an information service to schools and Careers Libraries in the UK as required.
The ICNM offers a search facility on its website, www.icnm.org.uk for the public to access practitioners and therapists.
Microsystem Acupuncture Society
The Microsystems Acupuncture Society is a professional register of Microsystems Acupuncturists, founded to promote and develop effective Microsystems of Acupuncture. Members and Associate members agree to adhere to the Society's Code of Ethics and Safe Clinical Practice. As Members and Associate members they all agree to comply with local health authority safety, hygiene requirements and carry full indemnity insurance. They also agree to maintain and update a regular CPD portfolio. The Microsystems Acupuncture Society supports the continued development of practitioners within the profession. It has a forum for qualified practitioners to discuss complex cases and new medical and political developments in the field. It has Regional Peer Support Groups and Regional Re-Assessors to promote Auricular Acupuncture and share good practice. It is a point of contact for the public to have access to competent Microsystem Acupuncture Practitioners in their area.
Total Therapy is a non profit organisation that provides a wide range range of therapies for clients as well as educationally registered training courses for therapists. These include various styles of acupuncture, Tui-Na Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Oil Massage as well as being the leader in cosmetic acupuncture treatments. We also train and certify first aid courses for therapists and have links with China, Taiwan and Japan.
We have a separate charity organisation which provides help and assistance with clinical treatments and trials, education and sholarships and other community based support.
We keep a register of members who follow a Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and a health and safety Code of Safe Practice. Members are also registered with and follow specific local health authority safety, hygiene and sterilization requirements, government regulation and carry full indemnity insurance.