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Corona Virus COVID-19

Update  27/03/2020

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The scheme, which is available to self-employed individuals or partnerships, will provide a taxable grant of 80 per cent of average monthly profits (calculated from profits from the last three years) up to a cap of £2,500 a month. The scheme will be open to those who earn the majority of their income from self-employment and have profits of less than £50,000. Further details can be found here.

Acupuncture Society members and other therapists must stop practising hands on treatments now,  if you haven’t already stopped,  as practising these therapies are no longer compatible with the 2 meter social distancing requirements,  insurers now require this to maintain cover.  It is still possible to use herbs without face to face contact and depend on photographs of tongues and eyes and client symptoms (its not ideal but can work in the short term – this would be classified as a hand off treatment)  please keep an eye on our homepage and newsletters for further updates.

  Most professional indemnity cover will not include loss of earning unless you have paid extra for that in a complete business package,  and many of those will minimise the conditions where the payout is possible,  you would need to check with your insurers about that,  things are fast moving and CNHC have also advised against hands on treatments and allow hands off and remote treatments see here:

Click the below link for the most up to date official advice from the NHS website

If you are based in Scotland also check the NHS Inform Scotland and Public Health Scotland websites and for Wales see Public Health Wales.

Here are some useful links for Government financial compensations and NHS advice on symptoms:

COVID-19: support for businesses

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

NHS Advice on what to do and how to spot COVID -19

Handbook of Covid-19 Prevention and Treament

COVID-19: guidance for employees

Support for those affected by COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Benefits

Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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The Acupuncture Society is a professional body of Acupuncture and Oriental Therapist Practitioners recognized by the London Local Authorities on 29th October 1996 under the London Local Authorities Act 1991 section (4) As a Society of Acupuncture, TCM and Oriental Therapist Practitioners exempted from local authority special treatment licensing (this exemption is mainly applicable in the London area, all members must check with their Local Council Environmental Health Department before claiming this exemption). Practitioners in Hounslow Click here. Practitioners in Bexley can now claim exemption

The Acupuncture Society is an association and register of professional acupuncture therapists and was formed to promote the development of TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other Oriental Therapies such as Shiatzu, Tuina, Acupressure and Auricular & Microsystems Acupuncture as effective complementary medical practices. Our membership is composed of Chinese Traditional, Medical, Orthopaedic, Korean and Auricular Acupuncturists, Chinese Herbalists and Oriental Body Workers.

Members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and a Code of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice. Members are obliged to comply with local health authority safety, hygiene and sterilization requirements, government regulation and carry full indemnity insurance, undergo first aid training and attend CPD courses. All members are on the Acupuncture Society professional register of practitioners

The Society provides support to practitioners in all aspects of their clinical practice, licensing, insurance, first aid, sharps disposal, updates on regulation, disciplinary and appeals procedures and current professional standards etc.

The Acupuncture Society was an active member organization of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group (ASG), which was composed of the major UK Voluntary Regulatory Bodies like the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA) and Bodyharmonics Acutherapy Council who met quarterly to discuss and update of standards and self regulation within the profession, also the Society is a member of the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group and The British Acupuncture Federation which has been formed to merge and cooperate between Western Medical and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Society’s and Associations in the public interest and to promote safe and professional practice.

Acupuncture Society Microsystems Acupuncture practitioner members can also apply to be included in the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council Visit CNHC Register, if they are already a practising registrable therapist with Anatomy and Physiology Level 3.  The CNHC are a Voluntary Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority

CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark.

General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.

The Acupuncture Society can verify appropriate applications for CNHC registration in respect of Microsystems Acupuncture.

Applicable Acupuncture Society Members wishing to register with CNHC should contact Amanda Shayle at:

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Benefits of Acupuncture Society membership include:

  • Insurers, employers, health centres and local councils prefer that practitioners are members of a professional body
  • We have a newsletter
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  • Members working in the London area can claim exemption from local authority licensing
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