Chartered physiotherapists work in close conjunction with GP’s, consultants and other healthcare professionals. Those who practise acupuncture have undergone a 3- or 4-year degree in Western medicine before embarking on acupuncture training at postgraduate level.

Chartered physiotherapists are bound by the strict professional and ethical codes of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If they practise acupuncture in England or Wales (apart from the London Boroughs), they also need a licence from their local authority to do so, unless that local authority has granted an exemption. Please click here for more information.

The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) requires its members to undergo a minimum of 300 hours of acupuncture training and has an additional strict code of practice.

Members of AACP are required to keep up with a stated minimum number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours per year in order to remain on the register.

Members of the Association are in a unique position to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods, such as:

  • Exercise
  • Manipulation
  • Muscle re-education
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Relaxation
  • Neurological rehabilitation

All AACP members have approved training in acupuncture for pain relief.

Advanced members have a minimum of 200 additional hours of acupuncture training and are educated to help to restore the body’s balance and alleviate some conditions, not just relieving the symptoms.