About me

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My interest in acupuncture started in 1998 when I suffered a spinal injury and tried acupuncture for pain relief.  At the time I was looking for a career change from the IT industry and decided to go back to University and study acupuncture and chinese medicine.


Training and qualifications

After 3 years full time study I received my Licentiate in Acupuncture from The College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa and a B.A.(Hons) in Acupuncture from Oxford Brookes University.  I also have a B.Sc(Hons) in Behavioural Sciences from Huddersfield University.

My initial training was in 5 Element Acupuncture, often considered "classical" which I followed up with 2.5 years post graduate study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.  The BAcC mandate continuing professional development to ensure their members remain up-to-date and so I have attended many specialist courses over the last 17 years.

Experience

I have been in private practice since 2001 and at the same time I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to set up an acupuncture clinic at St. Gemma's Hospice, Leeds and gained valuable experience working alongside conventional medical practitioners for several years. I designed and ran a research project to identify the benefits of acupuncture in a hospice setting. 

Animals and wildlife are a great love of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed providing acupuncture to dogs and horses over a 2 year period working one day per week with the vets at The Friendly Animal Clinic in Sowerby Bridge.  Animals respond very well to acupuncture and appear to relax and appreciate the healing that the needles bring. 

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My Approach

I consider myself a calm, supportive and sensitive practitioner. It’s important for me to set out clear, realistic goals for treatment and achieve real measurable results. In my ideal world I would work alongside GP's and other health professionals to provide patients with the most appropriate treatment for their condition, but I recognise that this isn't always possible in the NHS.

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

With over 3,000 members the British Acupuncture Council is the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture. We maintain high standards of education, ethics, discipline, and practice. Our aim is to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times.

When you choose to visit a BAcC member you can be sure of:

  • extensive training (minimum three years degree level), including anatomy, physiology, and other appropriate elements of western medicine
  • adherence to the Council’s Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct
  • compliance with current health and safety legislation
  • full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover
  • up-to-date practice skills maintained by mandatory continuing professional development.

British Acupuncture Council
63 Jeddo Road, London W12 9HQ
Telephone +44 (0)20 8735 0400
Email info@acupuncture.org.uk
Website www.acupuncture.org.uk

Professional Standards Authority

I am on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The AVR scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public and accreditation demonstrates my commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.

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