The Board

The Board is a not-for-profit company focusing on acupuncture education in the UK, and formally constituted through the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company. It meets three times a year to discuss policy issues, receive reports and to make accreditation decisions. Key to its integrity and accountability for establishing and maintaining standards of acupuncture education is the nature of its membership.

This comprises of:

An independent Chair

  • A person who is not an acupuncturist and has no other association with acupuncture.

Non acupuncturist members

  • 2 educationalists, with experience of higher and professional education, with a particular remit to bring their educational expertise to the debate and decision making
  • 1 representative of the public interest, with a particular remit to ensure that issues of public concern about standards of training in acupuncture are kept to the forefront of Board discussion and decision making
  • 1 representative of conventional medicine, to contribute a western medical perspective to discussions about the content and standards of the courses
  • 1 representative of another complementary medicine, to contribute a broader complementary medicine perspective to debate

Acupuncturist members

  • 3 representatives of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), to contribute a professional acupuncture perspective and to ensure that issues in common between the BAAB and the BAcC are discussed, and that policies and processes are congruent
  • 2 representatives of the Council of Heads of Acupuncture Courses (CHAC), to contribute a professional acupuncture education perspective and to ensure that developing Board policies and issues of concern to teaching institutions are fully debated

The Board is also attended by the officers of the Board, invited attendees such as the CEO or Chair of the BAcC and the Board's Consultant Advisor, and observers from teaching institutions – who are excluded from the closed agenda.

All members of the Board and Accreditation Committee, Officers, attendees and others involved in Board work are bound by the Board's Code of Conduct

Board meetings

The Board meets three times a year, the first half of the meeting is about policy issues and is open to observers. In the second half of the meeting the Board considers confidential reports about teaching institutions. This is closed to observers.

The Board considers all reports and recommendations from the Accreditation Committee (AC) and ratifies, challenges, amends or overturns initial AC recommendation on accreditation.

The Board initiates and follows through discussions on policies to do with educational standards, the accreditation processes, its own internal processes, national reports on professional regulation and the future for acupuncture regulation.

 

The Board

Rita Lewis (Chair)
 Ritachair Rita Lewis, Board Chair has a BA(Hons) Econs and an MSc in Public and Social Policy and a PGCE. She is the Chair of the national charity Action Against Medical Accidents. She has been a lay member of 3 professional regulatory bodies for Nursing and Midwifery, Osteopathy and Chiropractic, and a Community Health Council member and Chair of the National Association for England and Wales. She has taught Health Management in Higher Education and been a NHS Trust board non-executive director.
   
Jasmine Uddin (Vice Chair, BAcC representative)
 Jasmine-Uddin2 Jasmine Uddin is a past President and Chair of the British Acupuncture Council and is now its President Emeritus. She is currently an education consultant to the BAcC and Vice-Chair of the BAAB as well as being editor of the European Journal of Oriental Medicine. After being its President for many years, she now leads the Education Committee of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association which aims to foster high standards of education and practice across Europe. She has an acupuncture practice in Brighton.

   
Janice Booth (BAcC representative) 
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Janice Booth supports the BAcC’s Admissions committee in interviewing potential new members. She qualified as an acupuncturist at CTA in 1988, undertook the Integrated TCM/5 Element course with J. and A. Hicks in 1990 and has had a practice in Swindon for the last 27 years. She is a senior lecturer and the programme leader for Chinese Medicine Theory at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.

   
Dr Sue Harrington (BAcC representative) 
 Sue harrington  Dr Sue Harrington is a member of the BAcC Student Advisory Group and is in her third year at The Acupuncture Academy studying for her Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture. Sue is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, registered with the HCPC, and she has BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, PGCE in Higher Education and her PhD explored workplace bullying. Until she began her acupuncture studies, Sue was a lecturer at the University of Leicester, teaching on the distance learning MSc Occupational Psychology and campus-based BSc Psychology courses.
   
Ian Appleyard (CHAC representative) 
 Ian-Appleyard-2 Ian Appleyard BSc (Hons) Acupuncture MBAcC is course director for acupuncture at London South Bank University Confucius Institute for TCM. He lived for over 3 years in China learning the language and continuing his acupuncture training in various hospitals. He also spent a year in Japan studying with a private practitioner. He is currently undertaking a PhD
   
Jonathan Pledger (CHAC representative) 
 jonathonpledger Jonathan is vice principal at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, as well as a Chinese Medicine teacher and clinical supervisor.  He has completed a masters researching the effects of acupuncture on autistic children.
   
 Dr Richard Giordano (Educationalist) 
 Giordano Selfie  Dr Richard Giordano is a senior lecturer and programme lead for the MSc in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care at Southampton University. He has held academic and research positions at Birkbeck, Brown University, MIT, and the University of Manchester. He was a Senior Consultant in Leadership Development at the King’s Fund. Richard's expertise and teaching broadly includes informatics, work practice and information processing, decision making, evaluation, and organizational development. His current research is focused on healthcare informatics, particularly analysis and design theories, implementation, and the effect of digital information on work practice and sense making in organisational settings.

 
Jacqueline Dodding (Educationalist) 
 JacquelineDodding Jacqueline has a BSc (Hons) in Homeopathic Medicine, MSc Homeopathy and is a Fellow of the HEA and registered member of The Society of Homeopaths (RSHom). She teaches at The University Centre Blackburn College on the FdSc Complementary Therapies, BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Complementary Therapies and BA (Hons) Education Studies.  She principally teaches Social Science Research Methods at Levels 4, 5, 6 and supervises undergraduate dissertations.  Currently she is in the write up year of her Professional Doctorate in Education at The University of Central Lancashire, for which she has undertaken research investigating the experience of Higher Education in Widening Participation students.
   
Barbara Ross (Public representative) 
   
   
Dr Mike Cummings (Medical representative) 
 Mike-2014 Dr Mike Cummings is the Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), and a former medical officer in the Royal Air Force. He was awarded his degree in medicine from Leeds University in 1987. He is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. His principal academic and clinical interest is musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes
   
Zofia Dymtr (Complementary Health representative) 
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