Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Harriet Lansdown & Kirsten Lehr

Workshop title

British Acupuncture Accreditation Board - Building Confidence in the Profession

Workshop times

Friday 1700-1730

Workshop description

Public attitudes towards acupuncture in the UK remain profoundly ambivalent. In reality, the professional competence and expertise of BAcC members is on a par with that of healthcare practitioners working in the NHS, who are held in uniformly high esteem in all UK surveys of public opinion. There is no reason why professional acupuncturists cannot be held in similar high regard.

In this session, we will give a brief overview of why we can be confident in our profession through the quality assurance and regulation we have in place. We will be joined by a diverse array of speakers who can testify to the strengths of the profession in relation to other healthcare professions. Some will provide vivid personal testimony of the quality of acupuncture training. Finally, we shall explore a number of strategies that can be used to inform the UK public, and raise the reputation of our profession.

Speaker biography

Harriet Lansdown (BAAB Lead Accreditation Officer)

Harriet is an acupuncturist with more than 25 years of experience and has a practice in York, where she is the deputy clinical director of the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare. She has been extensively involved in acupuncture education, working for a range of colleges and university courses as a teacher, course leader, external examiner and educational consultant. After gaining an MSc in Health Services Research with the University of York in 2006, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship there, investigating the use of acupuncture to treat arthritis of the knee, back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and neck pain.
She began working for the BAAB’s Accreditation Committee in 1998, and returned in 2013 as Lead Accreditation Officer. Harriet is passionate about quality standards in acupuncture education, and the educational experience of students, especially in developing their capacity to critically reflect on their practice and thus to engage in life-long learning.

Dr Kerstin Lehr (BAAB Accreditation Officer)

Kerstin is a practising acupuncturist working from clinics in Harley Street, London and Letchworth Garden City. She is a member of the Hertfordshire Acupuncture Childbirth Team, and has worked with the Maternity Acupuncture Support Team based at the Lister (Stevenage) and Bedford Hospitals. She is also a trained social scientist with particular expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, and holds a PhD in contemporary Chinese education. Kerstin has extensive teaching and administrative experience across the UK higher-education sector, having worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the School of Advanced Studies (SAS), University of London.

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