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LONDON (w/e)2020 Foundation course
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - (View on Map)
31 Oct & 01 Nov and 05 & 06 Dec 2020

Foundation Course in Western Medical Acupuncture

Date :  31 Oct/01 Nov and 05/06 December 2020

Location: NCVO, Regents Wharf, London  N1 9RL

Price:  Early bird £585   Standard £650     (Early bird available until 1 August 2020)

This introductory course lasts four days making up 24 training hours. The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10.

In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique. Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.


The course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments. Courses are non-residential.  BMAS Foundation and Supplementary courses are recognised by many of the professional bodies that monitor and accredit CPD for health professionals, such as the Royal Collete of Physicians.  Your attendance certificate can be used to support your claim for external CPD.  4th & 5th year Medical students and final year students of Physiotherapy, Osteopathy & Chiropractic can attend our Foundation Course, however student* places are limited to two per course and subject to the completion of a supervision form. There is a generous student discount.  (*undergraduates undertaking their first degree)


In order to maximise the training and educational value of the course we recommend that you use these pre-course revision notes  to guide you in doing a little preparation.


On completion of the course we would expect the student to be equipped to start to practice medical acupuncture, and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate of Medical Acupuncture (CMA) within 12 months of the course.  On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.


To be eligible to attend you must be:

  • subject to statutory regulation and whose professional body considers acupuncture to be within the extended scope of practice of the profession (this includes doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists and podiatrists); 
  • or subject to voluntary regulation which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority, and have undergone degree level training in a patient-facing healthcare discipline that includes clinical touch, with no regional anatomic restrictions; 
  • or members of the British Acupuncture Council.  

Health professionals from overseas may also apply for BMAS courses and will need to provide details of the regulatory body in the country in which they practice.


Foundation course programme (subject to change)

Day 1

·         Overview & brief history

·         Safety brief

·         Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm

·         Trigger points

·         Safety questionnaire

Day 2

·         Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg

·         Neurophysiology

·         Clinical aspects

·         Clinical cases for discussion

·         Safety & side effects

Day 3

·         Traditional acupuncture

·         Lecture and practicals on face & abdomen

·         Segmental Acupuncture

·         Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

·         ENT & respiratory

·         Dermatology

Day 4

·         Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical

·         Neurology & psychology

·         Ear acupuncture & addictions

·         Research & audit

·         Running a clinic

·         Quiz

·         Case presentations

Please note:

·         This is a practical course and proof of Hepatitis B immunisation with antibody levels is required. Please read this policy before proceeding: HEPATITIS B POLICY .  If you have any questions regarding this contact the office tel: 01606 786782

·         There are several mixed-sex practical groups for palpation, point finding and needling. These will require reasonable exposure of the limbs, shoulder girdle, hip girdle and back. You are therefore advised to wear loose, casual clothing to discreetly allow the required exposure. If you are unable to participate in this activity, please contact the office to discuss your options before booking a place on the course. Tel 01606 786782

·         Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. However, if you are or suspect you may be pregnant you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.

The EARLY BIRD Rate of £585 is ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 01 August 2020 if full payment is made at the time of booking.



LONDON Nov/Dec - Early Bird available until 1 August 2020£650.00
LONDON Nov/Dec - Standard rate£650.00
LONDON Nov/Dec Final year UK student, proof required£450.00

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