British Acupuncture Accreditation Board

| February 8, 2010 | 0 Comments | 467 views

As a result of a joint initiative of the Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Council for Acupuncture (CCAM / CFA) in the UK, a structure for accrediting independent schools and colleges of acupuncture was developed, and in November 1990 the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) was formally established. The Council for Acupuncture became the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), in l995.

Important questions to be addressed in acupuncture training include:
• what constitutes minimum professional standards for new practitioners?
• what constitutes an acceptable standard for on-going practice?
• when is ‘full competence’ achieved?
• what professional monitoring or ‘training input’ is required in post-registration years?
• what are key training issues related to safety, referral and management of patients?

The core syllabus now published by the UK BAAB and supported by the British Acupuncture Council includes topics such as history taking, basic theory, knowledge of acupuncture points, methods of diagnosis and treatment principles and techniques, including issues of safety and sterile procedures, anatomy, physiology, and research methods. The BAAB also puts great emphasis on professional competencies. The aim of training should also be to "encourage the development of a reflective, researchminded practitioner with qualities of integrity, humanity, caring, trust, responsibility, respect and confidentiality "(Shifrin, 1995).

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