BA(Hons), LicAc, MBAcC
I studied acupuncture for three years at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) which was based in Warwick. Over time I have expanded my practitioner skill and knowledge through regular attendance at specialist training events. These sessions have included instruction which have focussed on the use of electro-acupuncture in the treatment of muscular skeletal problems, auricular acupuncture, trigger point techniques and the use of acupuncture in relation to male and female fertility support.
With another colleague I am currently a West Midlands joint regional coordinator for The British Acupuncture Council. In these roles we aim to support the work of practitioners by arranging group meetings throughout the year as well as organising workshops with relevant input by other health care professionals. In the last twelve months these have included first aid training, a seminars given by a clinical pharmacologist about different drugs used in the management of mental health, information about the third trimester of pregnancy given by a community midwife and the latest back pain management strategies employed by the NHS. I think that continuing professional development is an important aspect of our profession and I find it increases my confidence and effectiveness as a practitioner.
With my work I have supported people hoping to address and manage a range of conditions often seeking acupuncture treatment with the support of another health care professional such as a GP or midwife. Acupuncture treatment is safe to have during pregnancy if given by a trained practitioner.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council – the main professional body for practitioners in the UK.