The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024

Event overview

Join us on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June for The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 at the Manchester Metropolitan University – Business School – All Saints Campus

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) have joined forces for their 2024 annual event.

Book your conference ticket today!

We’re thrilled to launch our conference tickets, with early bird rates available until Monday 6 May. We also offer some optional services and suggestions for booking your accommodation.

Head over to the tickets and accommodation tab for more details.

Conference programme

We are excited to share the conference programme, which has been curated so that it has relevance to both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Every session is open, understandable and immensely useful to all, no matter your background.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine meet at the point of the practitioner. Accordingly, we have placed the practitioner and clinical applications at the heart of this conference. From fertility to cancer support, PCOS to chronic inflammation, NHS integration to teaching dietary self-help, this year’s conference has it all!

Click on the programme and speaker tabs above to find out more, our read our full announcement.

Conference theme

Our theme for the conference in 2024 will be the Chinese concept yì (意) which can be translated as intention, wish or purpose.

As practitioners we often first come across  yì as the spirit of the spleen. We learn that this spirit in its pathological state is si 思, sometimes translated as ‘overthinking’.

Yi sits between thought and feeling, between consideration and action and between intellectual learning and the direction of energy. Hence, it is a perfect symbol of our medicine which is epitomised by its ability to capture the dynamic interplay between the rational and the intuitive. Read more.


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the event. Find out more on our sponsors tab.


For any queries, please contact us on or 020 8735 0400 and select 4 – Events and CPD. If we are not able to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you.


We’re delighted to announce our programme for the two-day event, with many inspirational and insightful speakers joining us.


Download and view full weekend programme here.

Either click the ‘Speakers’ tab or scroll to the bottom of the page to read all session synopses and speaker biographies.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the conference. If you’re interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Helen Gibb on for further details.


ShiZhen TCM UK Ltd – Celebration dinner sponsor

With 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and wholesale of TCM products (including acupuncture needles), ShiZhen TCM prides itself in delivering a reliable service that is of the highest standard, which has made us the trusted choice for thousands of clients across the UK and Europe.


AcuPrime – exhibitor

AcuPrime aims at supplying acupuncture products at sensible prices. We are your direct link to manufacturers. Based in Exeter, AcuPrime has been trading for over 20 years. With organizational restructuring as we come out of the pandemic and Brexit, we will deliver excellence throughout the UK.


Balance Healthcare – exhibitor

Our website is a place where you can access everything you need in your study and practice of Chinese medicine, whether academic, (books, article archive, Chinese medicine and lifestyle news, free articles etc.) or clinical (needles, moxa, TDP lamps, clinic supplies etc.) all in one convenient place. Also, here you can get access to the journals from the foremost English language journal on all aspects of Chinese medicine.


College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) – exhibitor

CICM is delighted to be exhibiting at The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 and to showcase our range of acupuncture programmes including:

  • Our innovative BSc (Hons) Acupuncture degree course
  • Our one-year courses in paediatric acupuncture; gynaecology, fertility and obstetrics; and tuina massage.
  • Our bi-monthly one and two-day CPD courses to introduce and review a variety of acupuncture practical and theory courses

Please do come and say hello and introduce yourself if we don’t already know you. We will be delighted to see you at our stand.


Herbprime – exhibitor


Herbprime, embracing the ‘Ancient Medicine, Modern Methods, Green Future’ philosophy, is committed to supplying high-quality, safe, and eco-conscious TCM products. Our pioneering brand, MyAcu, features breakthroughs such as compostable, non-petrochemical, non-plastic Moxa Guide Tube Acupuncture Needles, the innovative 3-in-1 Heat Lamp, and the Acu-Pyramid. Join us in shaping a greener and more innovative future in Chinese medicine.


Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) – exhibitor

NCA have been at the forefront of TCM education since 1988 and we are delighted to be at the first UK Conference and of Chinese medicine showcasing our professional development opportunities for acupuncturists, including:

  • MSc/PGDip in Chinese Herbal Medicine: fully online for both class and clinic -next course starts in September 2025.
  • Online Certificate in Chinese Medicine Nutrition – next course starts September 2024.
  • The Practitioner Hub, NCA’s home for practitioners offering events, forums, supervision, and support.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand.


Oxford Medical Supplies – exhibitor

Oxford Medical Supplies continues to bring innovative new products to our customers. Throughout the years we have led the way through innovative manufacturing and technology to the acupuncture community.

We strive to provide the best products and service, with a commitment to promote people’s physical and mental welfare.


Phoenix Medical – exhibitor

Phoenix Medical Ltd is a leading developer of superior quality acupuncture needles and herbal products in the UK and Europe. Phoenix Medical places significant emphasis on guaranteeing supplies safety, efficacy, and consistency, effectively establishing and sustaining trust among practitioners and the general public.


Singing Dragon – exhibitor

Leading publisher of books on complementary medicine, acupuncture, yoga/yoga therapy, Chinese medicine and related areas.


Su Wen Herbs – exhibitor

Designed in 1994 by Giovanni Maciocia®, Su Wen Herbs® are based on his over 39 years of research and clinical experience, to better address patterns seen in modern practice.

Su Wen Herbs is a BHMA and RCHM approved practitioner supplier and awarded the BHMA HerbMark® to reflect the quality and safety of its products.


Book your tickets to join us at The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024!

The anticipation to get your hands on tickets to The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024  has been extremely high, and now is your chance!

Early bird deadline: Tuesday 6 May.
Buy tickets for British Acupuncture Council

The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 tickets

RateSaturday onlySunday onlyTwo day ticket
Early bird*
Student/ first year graduate/ RCHM new practitioner
Early bird*
Student/ first year graduate/ RCHM new practitioner
* Early bird rate available until Monday 6 May 2024


Celebration dinner tickets

Member rate*£49.00
Non-member rate*£70.00
*Availability is limited


So, whether you’re coming to connect with others, to hear from our brilliant speakers or to learn more and develop your understanding of Chinese medicine, simply head to our conference page for all the event details and to secure your place.

Join us for our celebration dinner

As the BAcC and RCHM are coming together for the first time to celebrate our profession, and we want to make it a weekend to remember! To mark the first ever UK Conference of Chinese Medicine, we are changing things up from our usual dinner to create an unmissable evening with a difference.

Three-course dinner
Cabaret performances
DJs and dancing
7.00pm – 12.00am
Manchester Metropolitan University – Business School – All Saints Campus

Find out more!

Celebration dinner cabaret

Share your talents at our celebration dinner cabaret! Watch our explainer video that explains how you can get involved in the fun. Contact Peter Deadman on – deadline extended to Wednesday 19 June! 


Booking your accommodation

Watch our explainer video to navigate all our accommodation options, or read more below.

This year we’ve changed the style of venue, which means we don’t have accommodation available on site. However, Manchester has a plethora of different options available to you. The city is also extremely well connected, with excellent bus, tram and train routes available to get you to and from the venue. There are also car parks close to the venue if you prefer to book accommodation a little further out and drive to the conference (see ‘Getting there’ tab).

We have partnered with Meet Manchester to help you find some good deals and set up an accommodation matching service for members. Please see below for further details along with some other suggestions for websites to aid your search.

There are no requirements for you to book via any of the services or links below, these are simply options for you to consider. Booking your preferred accommodation is completely up to you and we suggest you research best availability before making a booking.

Meet Manchester
Meet Manchester, a branch of the Manchester Convention Bureau, have curated a platform of local hotels, which offer you the best rates available. We continue to work with them as they seek other offers for you, so you might see more hotels added from time to time.

Unlike other booking platforms, these rates will remain the same price until the discounted offer ends on Saturday 1 June or rooms sell out, whichever comes first. All bookings come with breakfast included and payment is not required until check-in, which means you don’t need to pay for your conference ticket and accommodation all at once. If you’d like to pay sooner, please use the Meet Manchester contact details on the platform to make arrangements.

All queries related to booking via this platform are dealt with via a personal service from the Meet Manchester staff. Their contact details can be found on the platform.

Access the booking platform here.

Other options to consider
We do not have any association with the below booking platforms, they are purely listed for information as suggestions for other options to consider, but there will be other options available too:


Accommodation matching service
The conference is more than attending great lectures; it is an opportunity to get to know each other better and feel more connected to our wider community. Therefore, the BAcC and RCHM are pleased to launch an accommodation matching service for the conference, which will enable members to make new connections, while also offering a cost-effective accommodation option. This service is for BAcC and RCHM Members only.

If you live in or near Manchester and you would like to host a fellow member for the weekend, we will connect you with someone who is looking for accommodation and vice versa.

We have created a platform where you can submit a request for accommodation or offer to host. Once submitted, our team will connect you with a potential host or guest. For member reassurance we will only match members of the same sex together and all information submitted is confidential and adheres to GDPR regulations.

This is a free member service and is wholly voluntary on either end. Please note that there are likely to be a limited number of hosts offers so we cannot guarantee that all requests will find a match. Guests and hosts will be matched up on a first come, first served basis so put your request in early to have the best chance of success.

Once a match is made, and both parties have made contact, members will take personal responsibility after that point. Although, if either party wishes to cancel the arrangement for any reason, the matching service would be happy to make this communication.

Closing date: Wednesday 1 May

If you would like to host a guest for the conference, please find further details here.

If you’re looking for accommodation, please find further details here.

For all general enquiries about this service, please email Joanna or Alex at

Getting there

Getting to venue

The venue is extremely well connected. Not only from across the country and internationally, but once  you get to Manchester too with good bus and tram routes.


Manchester Metropolitan University,
All Saints Building,
All Saints,
Manchester M15 6BH

To access the building from Oxford Road, walk past the All Saints Building and All Saints Library on your right and All Saints Park on your left. The Business School building is at the end of the path, opposite the Bellhouse, and has three revolving doors at the front. As shown on the map above.

By train

Manchester Piccadilly is well connected from across the country and Manchester Oxford Road station is on the same road as the venue. It’s also a 2 minute train (circa. £2.80 single/ £3.20 return) to get from one station to the other.

From Manchester Piccadilly to venue:
Walking – 15-20 minutes
Taxi – 7-10 minutes (taxi rank available)
Bus – 10 minutes

From Manchester Oxford station to venue:
Walking – 9 minutes
Taxi – 4 minutes (taxis available on Whitworth Street West, at bottom of station approach road outside Sainsburys)

By air

If you’re flying in to join us, Manchester Airport is a 25 minute direct train ride to Oxford Road station.

By car

There are numerous car parks near by (25hr options available), with the following being recommended by the venue:


  • Manchester Chester Street – M1 5GE
  • Manchester Boundary Lane – M15 6FD
  • Manchester Circle Square – M1 7ED
  • Manchester Hulme Street Car Park – M15 6AW


We have a range of blog posts detailing what you can expect from the event weekend.