The Board's Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee (AC) carries out, on behalf of the Board, the ongoing monitoring and administration of all accreditation activities. Its members are drawn from a wide spectrum of the acupuncture profession, together with others from either health or educational backgrounds who have experience of the accreditation process.

The AC keeps the Board informed on all matters related to the accreditation of institutions in a formal relationship with the Board. It reports to the Board with recommendations about such matters, as well as about its own membership, its processes and other relevant issues. Reports from the AC to the Board during the academic year include an annual schedule of proposed visits to institutions, an account of all such visits with detailed recommendations to the Board, and a commentary on any emerging issues arising from the annual reports provided by all institutions in a formal relationship with the Board. Decisions and recommendations of the AC are subject to Board debate, approval and ratification.

In addition to regular reports produced three times a year for Board meetings, the AC provides the Board with an annual report which critically evaluates its own performance over the previous year, sets itself an action plan for the coming year and reports on the status of all institutions in a formal relationship with the Board.

The AC has equal membership of acupuncturists and non acupuncturists with the addition of a non-acupuncturist chair.

Members may serve for 3 years and may be appointed for one further period of office:

  • 4 acupuncturists are appointed through advertisement in the BAcC professional journal and within the teaching institutions.
  • 1 representative of the public interest
  • 4 educationalists from professional healthcare education.

Committee members may neither vote on nor review their own institution, nor any other institution in which they have an interest or where there is a potential conflict of interest.

Accreditation Committee

Linda Wicks (Chair of Accreditation Committee)

 Linda Wicks qualified as a homeopath in 1986 and has been in part-time practice in Cornwall since then. Also qualified in Education, she has 20 years' teaching experience in a variety of settings.  Recently, she was involved in setting up one of the first School-based Integrated Health Centres in the country, designed to make health care and the promotion of wellbeing more accessible for young people.  For 16 years she was Senior Education Advisor for The Society of Homeopaths, having developed and maintained a recognition system for homeopathy courses across the UK.  She is now a director of the Society of Homeopaths.

  Annie Milles (Acupuncturist member)

Annie Milles trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. She was Acupuncture Course Director at York for several years before starting teaching, initially at the NCA, then at Leeds Metropolitan University where she gained her PGCHE. She was Senior Lecturer (Acupuncture) at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2010 – 2016, and is now Stream Leader for Chinese Medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture, where she also teaches. She has experience of teaching a range of topics at different levels within Chinese medicine theory, as well as clinical supervision – and still enjoys learning herself!

  Charmian Wylde (Acupuncturist member)

Charmian Wylde BA MBAcC (Fellowship HEA) has been in practice as an acupuncturist since 1989, having trained at The London School of Acupuncture and subsequently in Nanjing, China.

From 2004 - 2014, Charmian wrote and led the BSc Acupuncture degree at The University of East London. During that time she acted as consultant and external examiner to a number of institutions including the Universities of Bedfordshire, Greenwich and Middlesex, and was co-chair of The Council of Heads of Acupuncture Courses (CHAC). Her interest in the migration of Chinese medicine beyond the Orient led to an investigation into the integration of acupuncture into the Cuban health service.

The challenges encountered in winning acceptance in the UK for Chinese Medicine have inspired Charmian to undertake a Masters degree in intercultural Communication as a means to better articulate what acupuncture is and how it works as a therapeutic intervention.

Charmian has practices in Saffron Walden and Dorset.

  Cheng-Hao Zhou (Acupuncturist member)

Cheng-Hao Zhou, born in Shanghai, China, was trained in TCM at the Shanghai University of TCM from 1987 to 1992, and subsequently worked in the Chinese health service as TCM clinician for eight years in which she gained the intermediate medical qualification in 1998.

Her UK practice life started in 2000, and soon took the venture in HE at the Northern College of Acupuncture as herb clinic supervisor. Currently Cheng is a tutor, year leader and clinical supervisor for both of the acupuncture and CHM courses.

Apart from the broad interest in education and clinical practice, Cheng's current key professional development focuses on clinical reasoning process in CM, and the application of classic formula in the modern practice.

 Shelley Berlinskey (Acupuncturist Member)
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Shelley has trained extensively, in Israel and in England, and gained a doctorate in Western Medicine, a licentiate of acupuncture and a licentiate in Oriental herbal medicine. 

Since 2002, after gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in learning and teaching in higher education, she has been leading and teaching courses in Western medicine and research skills, as well as being a supervisor in student clinic.

Currently she also conducts research looking into acupuncture high education in the UK, and practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine North London.

Dr Ann Rumpus (Vice Chair and Educationalist Member)
 Ann Rumpus


Ann Rumpus, formerly Head of the Educational Initiative Centre at the University of Westminster has had 40 years experience in Higher Education. This was initially as a lecturer in Biological Sciences, but then embraced many aspects of learning and teaching, with particular interests in assessment, accreditation of prior learning, capturing the student voice and curriculum design. She was Chair of the South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer, of the London Open College Federation and of the Westminster Education Action Zone, and has significant experience as an external examiner and QAA reviewer. She has delivered many courses and staff development sessions in learning and teaching, both in the UK and abroad. She is pleased to bring this expertise to the support of of acupuncture education. 

(Educationalist Member)

Helen Thomas (Educationalist Member)
   Helen’s academic background is in teaching English as a foreign language and applied linguistics. She taught both overseas and in the UK in HE. After nine years as a British Council Officer in the overseas service, she settled in the UK where she has spent over 20 years working in HE. This has included roles as Dean of School at Thames Valley University (now University of West London), chief academic auditor at King’s College, London and QAA review coordinator. She spent eight years as Assistant Director at the Higher Education Academy where she led the development and implementation of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and also directed the associated accreditation and recognition services. She is currently a freelance consultant, focussing principally in the areas of teaching quality enhancement, quality assurance. She is a Trustee and Director of the Northern College of Acupuncture and acts as a quality assurance expert for EKKA. She was an accreditation officer for BAAB in 2016, and has acted since as accreditation adviser to the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.
  Caroline Squire (Educationalist Member)

Caroline Squire is an educationalist member of the Accreditation Committee. She retired recently  from a Senior Lectureship in Midwifery at the University of West London but has returned to academic life to run a blended learning module entitled ‘Mentorship for Healthcare Professionals’.

Caroline qualified as an Acupuncturist in 1998 and Oriental Herbalist in 2000 and ran an acupuncture clinic at the University for both students and staff, for many years.   During her career, Caroline has published widely on both clinical and social science subjects, and edited a book entitled ‘The Social Context of Birth’.  She has an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and is currently writing a chapter on the contribution of Anthropology to the understanding of the cultural context of childbirth.

Olga Crosse (Lay Representative)

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