The Board's Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee (AC) carries out, on behalf of the Board, the ongoing monitoring and administration of all accreditation activities. Its members are drawn from a wide spectrum of the acupuncture profession, together with others from either health or educational backgrounds who have experience of the accreditation process.

The AC keeps the Board informed on all matters related to the accreditation of institutions in a formal relationship with the Board. It reports to the Board with recommendations about such matters, as well as about its own membership, its processes and other relevant issues. Reports from the AC to the Board during the academic year include an annual schedule of proposed visits to institutions, an account of all such visits with detailed recommendations to the Board, and a commentary on any emerging issues arising from the annual reports provided by all institutions in a formal relationship with the Board. Decisions and recommendations of the AC are subject to Board debate, approval and ratification.

In addition to regular reports produced three times a year for Board meetings, the AC provides the Board with an annual report which critically evaluates its own performance over the previous year, sets itself an action plan for the coming year and reports on the status of all institutions in a formal relationship with the Board.

The AC has equal membership of acupuncturists and non acupuncturists with the addition of a non-acupuncturist chair.

Members may serve for 3 years and may be appointed for one further period of office:

  • 4 acupuncturists are appointed through advertisement in the BAcC professional journal and within the teaching institutions.
  • 1 representative of the public interest
  • 4 educationalists from professional healthcare education.

Committee members may neither vote on nor review their own institution, nor any other institution in which they have an interest or where there is a potential conflict of interest.

Accreditation Committee

Linda Wicks (Chair of Accreditation Committee)
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 Linda Wicks qualified as a homeopath in 1986 and has been in part-time practice in Cornwall since then. Also qualified in Education, she has 20 years' teaching experience in a variety of settings.  Recently, she was involved in setting up one of the first School-based Integrated Health Centres in the country, designed to make health care and the promotion of wellbeing more accessible for young people.  For 16 years she was Senior Education Advisor for The Society of Homeopaths, having developed and maintained a recognition system for homeopathy courses across the UK.  She is now a director of the Society of Homeopaths.

 
  Annie Milles (Acupuncturist member)
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Annie Milles trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. She was Acupuncture Course Director at York for several years before starting teaching, initially at the NCA, then at Leeds Metropolitan University where she gained her PGCHE. She is currently Senior Lecturer (Acupuncture) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has experience of teaching a range of topics at different levels within Chinese medicine theory, as well as clinical supervision – and still enjoys learning herself!

   
  Celia Tudor Evans (Acupuncturist member)
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Celia Tudor-Evans, formerly Vice Principal at CTA, has been both acupuncture practitioner and teacher for over 35 years. At present, as an experienced external examiner and advisory board member of acupuncture courses, Celia has been afforded the opportunity to further develop her life-long involvement in the learning experience of the student-practitioner.  Being a member of the Accreditation Committee, as an acupuncturist site visitor, has further enabled Celia to support the excellence of acupuncture education, and thereby the student experience in the UK.

   
  Cheng-Hao Zhou (Acupuncturist member)
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Cheng-Hao Zhou, born in Shanghai, China, was trained in TCM at the Shanghai University of TCM from 1987 to 1992, and subsequently worked in the Chinese health service as TCM clinician for eight years in which she gained the intermediate medical qualification in 1998.

Her UK practice life started in 2000, and soon took the venture in HE at the Northern College of Acupuncture as herb clinic supervisor. Currently Cheng is a tutor, year leader and clinical supervisor for both of the acupuncture and CHM courses.

Apart from the broad interest in education and clinical practice, Cheng's current key professional development focuses on clinical reasoning process in CM, and the application of classic formula in the modern practice.

   
 Mei Xing (Acupuncturist Member)
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Mei Xing originally trained in China and gained 15 years of experience in acupuncture practice and education there. Since coming to the UK in 2000, she has held senior teaching positions at Salford and Manchester Metropolitan universities.

Alongside her busy practice in Manchester, she recently established the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which offers CPD courses for acupuncture graduates. Mei holds an MSc from the Chengdu Traditional Chinese Medicine University and is keenly devoted to acupuncture education. She is currently a member of both the BAcC and the ATCM.

   
Dr Ann Rumpus (Educationalist Member)
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Ann Rumpus, formerly Head of the Educational Initiative Centre at the University of Westminster has had 40 years experience in Higher Education. This was initially as a lecturer in Biological Sciences, but then embraced many aspects of learning and teaching, with particular interests in assessment, accreditation of prior learning, capturing the student voice and curriculum design. She was Chair of the South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer, of the London Open College Federation and of the Westminster Education Action Zone, and has significant experience as an external examiner and QAA reviewer. She has delivered many courses and staff development sessions in learning and teaching, both in the UK and abroad. She is pleased to bring this expertise to the support of of acupuncture education. 

   
Kay Leedham (Vice Chair and Educationalist Member)
 

I have enjoyed a career in nursing which involved roles in clinical practice, education and management. I specialised in cancer and palliative care nursing and completed an MSc in Cancer Care at the University of Surrey. I have held posts as Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing, Manchester University and at Oxford Brookes University.

Throughout my career I have been interested in holistic care and value the impact that a therapeutic relationship between patient and practitioner can have on outcomes for health and well-being. In recent years reflective practice has been recognised as key in developing safe and effective practitioners and I continue to value this approach to teaching and learning.

   
 Ralph Manly (Educationalist Member)
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 Ralph is a biologist and former Head of Life Sciences and then Head of the Graduate School and Director of Graduate Studies at Kingston University. He was heavily involved in course developments across a wide variety of subjects including radiography, osteopathy and acupuncture. He was an external examiner for several UK and overseas universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and successfully supervised both Masters and PhD students. Although now happily retired, he is a Governor of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading and a committee member for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex branch of the Society of Biology.

   
  Caroline Squire (Educationalist Member)
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Caroline Squire is an educationalist member of the Accreditation Committee. She retired recently  from a Senior Lectureship in Midwifery at the University of West London but has returned to academic life to run a blended learning module entitled ‘Mentorship for Healthcare Professionals’.

Caroline qualified as an Acupuncturist in 1998 and Oriental Herbalist in 2000 and ran an acupuncture clinic at the University for both students and staff, for many years.   During her career, Caroline has published widely on both clinical and social science subjects, and edited a book entitled ‘The Social Context of Birth’.  She has an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and is currently writing a chapter on the contribution of Anthropology to the understanding of the cultural context of childbirth.

   
Mark Chamberlayne (Lay Representative)
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Mark Chamberlayne is a lay member. He has retired from full time employment in business where he was responsible for personnel matters for the Reuters Group and before that for the BAT industries group. He is a Law Graduate from Oxford University and has also been a Lay Member of the Bar Council Professional Conduct Committee and a local Healthcare Forum as well as of the British Horse Society and the British Horseracing Authority. He now runs a small private farm

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