Supplementary Days

The BMAS runs several 'Special Topic' or 'Short Course' days. These are for medical acupuncturists who have completed their Foundation Course training or for experienced practitioners who wish to refresh their knowledge.

A wide range of topics are offered, including Anatomy, Back Pain, Headache, Palliative Care, Electroacupuncture, Pregnancy/Childbirth and Women’s Health. All courses are open to BMAS members and to non-members.

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Acupuncture and Women's Health

A specialist day focussing on acupuncture and fertility/gynaecology. Topics include: anovulation and polycystic ovary syndrome; vasomotor symptoms; pelvic pain during pregnancy; acupuncture and assisted reproduction therapy.

Lectures headed by Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin
Course fee: £155.00  (BMAS member), £195.00  (non member)

Location: LONDON N1 - NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: Thursday 19 April 2018

Acupuncture for Headache 

NICE guidelines for the treatment of headache include a course of acupuncture. In response to the guidelines the BMAS is offering a course for acupuncturists focussing on the assessment, treatment and management of headache.  A one-day course consisting of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions.

Course led by Mike Cummings
Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)

Location:  BMAS House, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1AQ
Date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Location: LONDON N1 - NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Palliative Care Day

The new one-day course covering key areas in palliative care including pain, nausea/vomiting, breathlessness and dry mouth, with lectures and small group work sessions. A day for professionals with an interest in using acupuncture for symptom management in palliative care.  Also useful for practitioners managing patients with chronic disease working in other specialities and in primary care.
Course led by Dr Graham Leng (Consultant in Palliative Care, Chester) and Dr Juliet Spiller (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Edinburgh). 

Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)
Location: Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow
Date: Friday 27 April 2018

Acupuncture for Cancer Patients and Palliative Care
with Dr Jacqueline Filshie

Dr Jacqueline Filshie returns with her popular course on acupuncture in palliative care.  This course offers live patient demonstrations, together with lectures on acupuncture for pain and non-pain conditions, and covers safety aspects and future directions.  This course is suitable for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other health professionals working in palliative care settings. Dr Filshie is a Consultant Anaesthetist and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Date and venue for 2018 to be confirmed

Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)

Acupuncture and the treatment of osteoarthritis NEW!

A 1 day course on acupuncture as a treatment for osteoarthritis, focussing on the hip, knee and other large joints.   Consisting of lectures and demonstrations, with practical sessions to refresh existing skills and/or learn new techniques to improve your expertise in this field.

This course is for regulated health professionals who use acupuncture in their practice and would like to revise or improve their knowledge and skills in the management of patients with osteoarthritis.

Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)

Location: LONDON N1 - NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: 27 September 2018

Location: BMAS House, Northwich, Cheshire
Date: 4 July 2018

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia NEW! 

A new one day course on the role of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.  Includes: fibromyalgia as a diagnostic label; establishing cause and context; point selection; acupuncture as part of a care plan.  With lectures, demonstrations and practicals. 

Course led by Jens Foell and Esther Odetunde 
Course fee: £155 (members), £195 (non-members)

Location: LONDON N1: NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: 2018 date to be confirmed

Musculoskeletal Assessment for the Western Medical Acupuncturist 

A new series of courses teaching the skills of musculoskeletal assessment for practitioners of Western medical acupuncture. Each day covers the general principles of assessment; practical, hands-on assessment for the indicated region of the body; and relevant needling techniques.

This set of four courses complements the BMAS Points Practical series, which covers needling of similar regions of the body. The MSK assessment days are designed for those who want to refresh their practical surface anatomy and MSK assessment - particularly GPs - and include Mike Cummings's approach to rapid assessment screening designed for short consultations in primary care, as well as more specialist assessment techniques.

Participants wishing to prepare should view the examination and palpation videos of the BMAS Points Resource and revise the anatomy of the region.  The 'Essential Anatomy 5' app is recommended for download to mobile devices.

The MSK Assessment Courses will not be held in 2018

Electroacupuncture Course

The popular BMAS Electroacupuncture Course, a one-day course with comprehensive presentations and demonstrations and a half-day practical session.

The BMAS has negotiated a special arrangement with Scarborough’s to supply AS Super 4 Digital Electroacupuncture device as part of the course fee. Every delegate will receive this machine which normally retails at £250 plus VAT.

Course led by Mike Cummings
Course fee: £360

Location: LONDON N1: NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: 22 November 2017

Location: BMAS House, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1AQ
Date: 21 June 2018

The Back Pain Course

The BMAS is offering this 1 day course focusing on the assessment, treatment and management of back pain,  consisting of lectures and demonstrations, with practical sessions to refresh existing skills and/or learn new techniques to improve your expertise in this field.

Course led by Mike Cummings
Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)

Location: LONDON N1 - NCVO, Regents Wharf
Date: Thursday 18 October 2018

Location: NORTHWICH, Cheshire CW8 1AQ - BMAS House
Date: Monday 19 March 2018

Self-Acupuncture Course 

A course designed to equip practitioners with the skills to teach patients and/or their carers to use self-acupuncture and covering related issues. Including evidence, patient selection, setting, risk reduction, information & training, contraindication and precautions, service delivery and follow-up, medicolegal aspects.

 Self-acupuncture can enable practitioners to better manage their caseload and facilitate self-management by patients. Useful in chronic pain management and in a range of conditions: constitutional symptoms/ENT/respiratory/GIT/musculoskeletal/neurology/psychiatric.

A one-day course consisting of lectures, small group work sessions, patient/caregiver involvement and demonstrations.

Course led by Graham Leng and Max Forrester
Course fee: £155 (BMAS members), £195 (non-members)

Location: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
Date: Friday 12 October 2018

Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

A new one-day course covering acupuncture for key conditions in pregnancy and childbirth.  With lectures from experts in the field, breakout sessions to discuss case scenarios, plus clinical demonstrations.  Topics include: nausea/vomiting, pelvic girdle/low back pain, induction of labour, breech presentation, pain relief in labour, and birth preparation.

Course led by David Carr and Jeanne Lythgoe
Currently no dates arranged for 2018
View the webcast of the 2016 course

Gerwin Masterclasses  

These workshops are run by Dr Robert Gerwin, a Board-Certified neurologist from Washington State, USA. Bob had the opportunity of training in the diagnosis and management of myofascial pain syndromes under the renowned Janet Travell, and now runs a multidisciplinary pain clinic specialising in this field. The workshops involve lectures, demonstrations and practical experience. Attendees will gain most from this course by participating in the practical elements which involve palpation and needling of the most common muscle groups affected by myofascial pain syndromes. Practicals will be in small groups, and attendees should bring loose clothing, suitable to permit reasonable exposure of shoulder and hip girdles, lower back and limbs, as appropriate for each course

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), London N1
Lectures and demonstrations headed by Dr Robert Gerwin
Practicals led by Dr Robert Gerwin assisted by Dr Mike Cummings

Gerwin Masterclass I : TBC
Myofascial pain and treatment with dry needling: head / neck / shoulder girdle / elbow.
A day of lectures and practical needling sessions.

Gerwin Masterclass II : TBC
Myofascial pain and treatment with dry needling: back / hip girdle / abdomen / knee.
A day of lectures and practical needling sessions.

Dates:  No dates currently arranged

One day £185
Both days £355

Anatomy for Acupuncture

A one day course covering the aspects of human anatomy that are essential to the safe and effective practice of acupuncture. The programme is based around lecture style presentations using advanced 3D graphics and images taken from dissections performed specifically to answer questions relevant to acupuncture. Designed for doctors and allied health professionals who would like to obtain a better understanding of anatomy or for those who simply want to polish up their skills. Course fee includes the Primal Pictures DVD 'Anatomy for Acupuncture'

Date:  No dates currently arranged

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