John and Angela Hicks founded the college as a not-for-profit organisation in 1993 and were joined by Judith Clark and Peter Mole.  They originally trained in the mid 1970s at the College of Traditional Acupuncture with J R Worsley, who introduced five element acupuncture to the UK.  They later undertook clinical training in China, learning traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  They realised that the two styles complemented each other and increased the scope of treatment.

Teaching staff and management

Students learn best from teachers who are both experienced acupuncturists and passionate teachers.  Our teachers meet regularly at staff development days, sharing skills, pooling ideas and being updated on new developments.  These meetings help to maintain a cohesive and creative staff with a high morale.  Our teachers regularly contribute articles about acupuncture to Chinese medicine magazines and journals.

Growth of our mission

We have trained practitioners for many years and our mission is to produce practitioners who are:

  • Safe, confident and competent
  • Can diagnose both the person and the complaint
  • Can determine lifestyle factors that are contributing to the imbalance
  • Can create and carry out effective treatments and life-style changes

Our graduates develop:

  • A thorough understanding and grasp of the theory and practice of acupuncture
  • The requisite skills to develop rapport, diagnose and treat
  • An understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • An awareness of their own health, how to improve it and how to develop their own qi
  • Ways to continue their professional development and become outstanding practitioners

 We have learned how to:

  • Create a supportive and friendly environment where learning is made as natural and enjoyable as possible
  • Engage effectively with our students and use their feedback to develop yet further
  • Assess progress in a fair and supportive way
  • Demonstrate values that are congruent with the practice of Chinese medicine
  • Provide an experienced and qualified teaching staff

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