Support once you have qualified
The transition from College student to professional practice is a crucial time and it is important to have on-going support and encouragement.
"Love your practice" day
In February (around Valentine's day) we run the “Love Your Practice” day for our most recently graduated acupuncture courses cohorts who "return to the mothership" for a free day of workshops aimed at helping them to further develop their practices. Each year different business development topics are chosen such as: optimising your website, finding your way around social media, running a multi-bed clinic, and working within the NHS. Of course one of the most rewarding aspects of the day is getting together with friends and tutors.
Graduate Cat Cormak
I got a lot out of the day, it has triggered a lot of thought processes for me about how I'm going about things at the moment. All the SEO advice was very timely and I am going to incorporate a lot of the advice into my web design.”
Graduate Rachel Blackeby
The day was really excellent, the food was fantastic and I have already ordered my Acupuncture Awareness Week promotional items and started preparing my press release for the local paper. I would recommend this day to other newbie practitioners!”
British Acupuncture Council
The regional groups of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) provide valuable networking with your fellow practitioners. The annual BAcC conference with workshops and lectures is also a popular way to. The annual BAcC conference which is held in venues around the country is a great opportunity for our graduates to meet up with their student group, network and add to your knowledge. The NCA runs a stand which creates a “focal point” for our students and graduates.
One popular way of having a helping hand when you first start your practice is “personal supervision” from a qualified local practitioner.
Graduate Charlotte Green
"As a sole practitioner embarking on a new career, I felt that supervision was essential from the very beginning. Supervision provides a relationship of openness and trust with an experienced practitioner where I can review and reflect on all aspects of my professional work, in a safe and confidential space. As my experience has grown and my practice has become busier, I still find supervision a key part of my on-going development. Supervision has given me the support I have needed to develop a busy, diverse and challenging practice, which I find hugely interesting and enriching.”
Further study at the NCA
When you are in practice you will be keen to study aspects of the subject in greater depth, and the NCA arranges a series of practitioner seminars throughout the year to help to meet this need.
Some of our acupuncture graduates go on to study Chinese herbal medicine or nutrition with us. Also we offer an online MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) for our graduates and the wider global Chinese medicine community.