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Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:50

The BAAB is looking for a Treasurer/Finance Officer

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The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board is responsible for the accreditation of the pre-registration acupuncture education courses and for implementing the standards set by the British Acupuncture Council (

The Treasurer/Finance officer will work with the Executive Secretary and report regularly to the Board on its overall financial position and viability. They will also review and provide a commentary on financial statements from Accredited Course Providers. This interesting and responsible role, is a remunerated position requiring a commitment of about 2 days a month.

The Board meets 3 times a year in April, July and November. All Board members share responsibility as part of a team to ensure that the Board exercises its functions effectively, efficiently, economically, with good governance and in accordance within the terms of the Board’s Memorandum and Articles and Code of Conduct.

Treasurer/Finance Officer Role description

S/he will work closely with the Executive Secretary and the Lead Accreditation Officer on the annual budget and on financial matters generally.
S/he will liaise with the British Acupuncture Council as appropriate, and attend any meetings on behalf of the Board with them or any other body as necessary.
S/he will transmit annually to the British Acupuncture Council a request for funding based on the income and expenditure in the Board's budget, and will liaise with the British Acupuncture Council on financial matters as appropriate.

If necessary during the year s/he will transmit, a supplementary request for funding to the British Acupuncture Council.
S/he will present an income and expenditure report to each Board meeting, which will compare budget with actual income and expenditure and will contain a simple overview of the Board's financial situation to date.
S/he will deal with the Board's Auditors on the annual audit, and present the audited accounts to the Directors and Members of the Board at the AGM.
S/he will work with the Executive Secretary on reconciliation of the Board's cash position with the accounts, as and when required.
In liaison with the Executive Secretary and the Lead Accreditation Officer, s/he will scrutinise invoices from Board members and Officers for any services, allowances and expenses rendered in accordance with the agreed scales, and sign cheques.
S/he will attend any BAAB meeting as required.
In the capacity of 'Finance Officer' s/he will provide any additional policy, legal, financial or management advice within their competence.
S/he will oversee the organisation’s financial risk-management processes.
Review and analyse general purpose financial statements from Accredited Course Providers
and report on this to the Accreditation Committee.
S/he will receive an annually agreed remuneration for work in this role and will have reasonable and appropriate expenses reimbursed.

Further information about the BAAB is available on our website If you are interested in the role please send your application with your CV to Petra Nannes
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 18th March 2019.

Harriet Lansdown and Kerstin Lehr gave a talk on the role of the BAAB providing high standards of education and training for the acupuncture profession in the UK.

The City College of Acupuncture’s 3 year, full-time and part-time Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic.Ac) achieved full accreditation (subject to periodic major review) at the July Board meeting.
The visiting panel commended the course for ten areas of effective practice:
1. Strong business and management support from The City College.
2. The confidence of final year students in theory and clinical skills.
3. The provision of a graduate clinic to support transition into practice.
4. A strong and committed teaching team.
5. The long term vision for the growth of the acupuncture programme and clinic.
6. Design of the curriculum with clear learning outcomes and relevant assessment strategy, and modules which link together helping students progress towards an understanding of complexity.
7. The level of support offered to students from their first contact with the College.
8. Free access for teachers to achieve an in-house BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.
9. A well designed clinic facility with flexibility for a variety of teaching situations.
10. Use of a guest examiner in final year examination to bring in elements of externality.

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