The BAcC and the RCHM are excited to announce a joint conference for 2024

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) are delighted to announce that they will be joining forces for their 2024 annual event.

Following the success of this year’s BAcC annual conference in September and RCHM’s annual conference in June, The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 will see our leading organisations in the world of Chinese medicine come together in June for a one-of-a-kind weekend conference in Manchester.

‘We’re always keen to explore opportunities for closer collaboration, particularly with extremely reputable organisations such as RCHM. Both the BAcC and RCHM uphold high professional standards in the training and practice of TCM, and that is something that is extremely important to the membership of both groups.’ Jennifer Norton, CEO, BAcC

‘BAcC and RCHM members alike share the same passion for our medicine and so it is with great pleasure that we can announce an event which reflects this. This is something we have been working on behind the scenes for some time! The BAcC and RCHM share the same commitment to high standards and professionalism and this alignment in values has enabled us to collaborate on great projects like this.

‘This is an opportunity for all of us to come together, show our support for each other and pay tribute to the wonderful tradition that brought us all here in the first place. We have much, much more to share with you over the coming weeks and we are excited to reveal quite how special this conference is going to be!’ Alex Jacobs, CEO, RCHM

**Save the date**
Manchester Business School – All Saints Campus – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2024

The two-day event, co-hosted by both organisations, will offer an opportunity to connect in person and learn from inspirational and insightful speakers. There will be a wide range of content encompassing all aspects of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy and qi gong: theory and practice, all exploring the conference theme. Every lecture will be open, useful and understandable to all, irrespective of background and training. In previous years, the BAcC has run a separate research conference. In 2024, presentations on research will be integrated into the conference programme.

Collaborating for the profession
The BAcC and the RCHM have been collaborating and working together for a number of years to improve the profile of members and the profession. With many closely aligned members, this relationship was particularly strengthened during the pandemic when both organisations worked hard to provide their members with COVID-19 secure guidelines; supporting members with webinars and resources, in order for them to return to practise safely and effectively.

This year, as the profession returned to in-person events, Jennifer Norton, CEO of the BAcC, attended the RCHM’s annual conference in June, whilst CEO of RCHM, Alex Jacobs, joined delegates at The BAcC Annual Conference at Yarnfield Park in September.

About the BAcC 
With nearly 3,000 members, the BAcC is the UK’s largest, member-led, professional body for traditional acupuncturists. They aim to establish the highest standards of professional practice for the acupuncture profession in the UK and are committed to ensuring all patients receive the highest standard of professional care during their acupuncture treatment. Putting their members at the heart of everything they do, the BAcC supports acupuncturists on their journey from student through to full practising member and are proud that their members belong to an accredited register, regulated and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care (PSA).

About the RCHM
The RCHM is the only voluntary regulating body for Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) practitioners in the UK. The organisation sets the leading standard in all aspects of CHM practice from education and accreditation to professional practice through to safe, ethical and sustainable herbal supply. These standards provide reassurance to the public and government bodies alike. Through its active participation in the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), the RCHM is able to advocate for the interests of practitioners and the public directly to the government. Most importantly, the RCHM is a world-class community of practitioners who support each other to achieve excellence in this great traditional art.

More details about ‘The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024’ will be announced soon, including its much anticipated theme, whilst tickets for the June event will go on a sale in the new year. 

The British Acupuncture Council
November 2023