Acupuncture Foundation Course

Event details

£520 for AACP members and £648 for non-members

London Road Community Hospital, Derby

London Road
United Kingdom

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52.9153132, -1.4676352

Event Organiser

NCORE (National Centre of Rehabilitation Education)

01332 254679

Acupuncture Foundation Course

9th – 11th September & 18th – 20th November 2021

Venue: London Road Community Hospital, Derby DE1 2QY              

Trainer: Dr Stephanie Griffiths DPT. MPhil. MSc. PGCE. FSOM

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The course is designed to introduce acupuncture as a modality for the treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions, both acute and chronic.  The course provides a Western medical approach to acupuncture, and is underpinned with current research evidence. This course does not cover the traditional Chinese medical approach to acupuncture, though the principles and philosophies underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine will be introduced. 

The course will include all the key areas necessary to enable the physiotherapist to practice acupuncture including review of safe practice, treatment planning for optimum effect, review of relevant anatomy, application of relevant pain physiology, critique and application of acupuncture evidence and the development of safe and effective needling skills.  The course will introduce the current scientific theories underpinning acupuncture and the parameters of treatment.


On completion of the course the delegate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe and effective needling techniques
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the precautions, contra-indications and side effects of acupuncture
  • Discuss and evaluate the current theories and scientific evidence which underpins acupuncture and dry needling/trigger point needling
  • Critically evaluate and challenge the research underpinning the effectiveness of acupuncture and dry needling
  • Discuss the meridian pathways, demonstrate the location of points along the pathways and the importance of local anatomical considerations
  • Formulate and critically evaluate treatment plans for a range of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Know when the integration of acupuncture with or without other physiotherapeutic techniques is appropriate and be able to convey this information to other health professionals and patients clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional issues which pertain to acupuncture and individual scope of practice


The course is divided between self-directed learning and direct contact. There is a high practical component with acupuncture being practised on each other. Delegates must complete a health questionnaire before they enrol on the course.


Delegates must:

  • have HCPC physiotherapy registration
  • have CSP membership
  • be able to practice acupuncture in a clinical setting between the course parts
  • give the tutor informed consent to receive repetitive needling (see the CSP guidance on repeated needling for those trying to become, or those already pregnant)
  • be able to treat three separate patients in a safe and legal environment for their case studies
  • attend all 6 days of the course 


CPD Certificate of Attendance awarded: 48 hours


Fee: £520 for AACP members and £648 for non-members

Limited funded places may be available for AHP’s & Nurses working for the NHS within the East Midlands

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