Acupuncture is particularly relevant to many of the chronic diseases, which form a large part of the workload of health professionals. Acupuncture treatment is popular with patients and can reduce reliance on medication. The BMAS promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis by suitably trained practitioners.
Partcipants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership for their first two years.
Interested in joining? Please contact the office for further information:
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Qualifications for BMAS Membership
Membership of the BMAS is open to most UK-based health professionals who are subject to statutory regulation. The list includes doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, health visitors, osteopaths, chiropractors, and podiatrists.
UK-based veterinary surgeons are also welcomed as members, although the BMAS has a close working relationship with the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturist) www.abva.co.uk
Overseas membership can be arranged for health professionals who are subject to statutory regulation in the country in which they practise.
There are special membership arrangements for retired members and medical students - see below.
The following organisations are affiliated to the BMAS:
The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists: www.aacp.uk.com
The Dutch Medical Acupuncture Association (Nederlandse Artsen Acupunctuur Vereniging): www.acupunctuur.com
The Norwegian Association for Medical Acupuncture (Norsk Forening for Medisinsk Akupunktur): medisinsk-akupunktur.no
Benefits of BMAS Membership
- The opportunity to belong to a fully multidisciplinary medical acupuncture society which accepts only regulated health professionals as Members
- 4 copies per year of the journal Acupuncture in Medicine - Acupuncture in Medicine (published quarterly)
- A regular newsletter - The Point (Perspectives of Interest in Needle Therapy)
- Reduced registration fees at the twice-yearly Scientific Meetings and other BMAS meetings
- The opportunity through political lobbying to influence the future of medical acupuncture
- The opportunity to be listed as an Accredited member on the BMAS Website
- Recognition of Accredited Members by a growing number of patient insurance companies
- Help and advice from the Society's Council and Committees.
Categories of BMAS membership
HONORARY: membership is granted by the Society to eminent practitioners.
MEMBER: Regulated healthcare professionals with an interest in acupuncture can apply to become a Member. Married couples who are both members of BMAS, or those in long term relationships resident at the same address, may pay a reduced fee of £134 for two members. The annual member subscription fee is £115.00.
ACCREDITED: Members who have achieved full BMAS Accreditation (Diploma of Medical Acupuncture - Dip Med Ac), and have maintained their status by reaccreditation every five years. Reaccreditation requires 30 hours of learning spread over 5 years (a min of 5 hours in any one year) following the award of a Diploma of Medical Acupuncture. The annual subscription fee is £115.00.
OVERSEAS: Membership is open to overseas healthcare professionals who are fully registered (i.e. subject to statutory regulation) in the country in which they practise outside the United Kingdom (please provide a copy of your registration). The annual subscription fee is £79.00.
DENTAL / VETERINARY: Membership is for those practitioners who are fully registered with either the General Dental Council of Great Britain, or the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (please provide a copy of your registration certificate). The annual subscription fee is £79.00.
RETIRED: Membership is offered to healthcare professionals who have retired from active clinical practice. The annual subscription fee is £30.00.
AFFILIATED: Membership is open to any final year student attending a medical school within the UK. The annual subscription fee is £30.00.
SALARY LINK: Any UK member whose TOTAL gross income is not expected to exceed £34,061 can claim the reduced 'Salary Link' rate of 60% of the FULL membership fee, which will be £69. Proof of earnings must be submitted with this declaration in the form of a Tax Return. A separate claim must be made each year.
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