The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 – programme announced!

On the 29 and 30 June the two communities of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), along with a stellar lineup of speakers, will descend on Manchester for a first-of-its-kind event. A fantastic opportunity to reconnect with the heart of our medicine.

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!

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. The conference theme will focus on yì (意) which can be translated as intention, wish or purpose; you can read more about this here.

Applying ‘yì – intention’ in practice
Highlighting our conference theme, dual member of the BAcC and RCHM, Charlie Buck (pictured) will give a talk on ‘yì – intention’ and its application to practice, leading into a roundtable discussion on the topic with other conference speakers. Also, Rev Deb Connor is back by popular demand to help you explore your relationship with yì through a hands-on creative practice.

Achieving clinical success in practice

This year’s conference has a key focus on practitioner development. We are very lucky to have Julie Reynolds with a session on applying our ancient theories to a modern context, and Sarah Price (pictured) with acupuncture, herbs and research on treating chronic inflammation. Popular acupuncture teacher Sia Wang will present the simple four-needle technique, ‘five element, six qi’, that she uses in her clinic. Students and new practitioners will find great benefit from our dedicated session on practitioner development, ‘Supporting your path to success’; more details to be announced.

Leading the way – learning from experience with NHS integration
Integration of our practice into national healthcare is a key priority. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from BAcC Members Fleur Clackson, Jennie Heckford, Wendy Williams who have had great success in delivering acupuncture within the NHS. Additionally, Joe Jennings joins us to talk about the highs and lows of NHS integration. They will be running sessions on the Sunday as well as participating in a roundtable.

Focus on fertility
We are delighted to be joined by president of the ATCM, Mei Xing (pictured), who will be sharing her insights on treating infertility in the clinic, further extending the spirit of collaboration to the wider community of expert practitioners in the UK. In addition, we are honoured to present the president of the Austrian Society for Controlled Acupuncture and TCM, Dr Olivia Pojer on male infertility. Furthermore, accomplished practitioner and academic Lily Lai PhD will present on PCOS. This will culminate in a roundtable discussion with all speakers at the end of the day.

Cancer Support
On the Sunday, Beverley de Valois PhD and Mandy Brass (pictured) will be sharing their deep insights and experience with acupuncture and cancer support. Another panel discussion session will follow their presentations.

Yangsheng and dietary therapy
Danny Blyth and Alex Jacobs will be bringing a yangsheng and dietary therapy focus where you will learn herbal logic that you can use straight away with food and culinary herbs. No prior knowledge or experience is needed to get to grips with these sessions.

And that is just the beginning…

Peter Deadman will be teaching qigong on both mornings before the conference as well as helping us add some important touches to bring the conference alive and stir up the party spirit!

We have so much more to announce, including our keynote, a conference social evening with a special twist, plus free and discounted events every month until the conference. We also have an exciting new initiative that we are going to ask you to be part of – look out for upcoming announcements.

This year is so much more than just a conference, it is an opportunity for us to come together, gather our energy of intention and manifest the future that this great medicine deserves. We invite you to be a part of everything that is happening this year, connect with your fellow practitioners and have a fantastic time in the process!

Meet our speakers and view the conference programme.


The British Acupuncture Council
February 2024