Jonathan Hobbs

Jonathan graduated in 1999 achieving a first class BSc in physiotherapy and began his acupuncture training in 2000. In 2003 he became an advanced member of the AACP and in 2004 he was awarded an MSc in acupuncture. Since graduating he has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, private sector and professional sport. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an accredited AACP tutor and Chairman of the board of Directors of the AACP.

He delivers foundation courses and CPD within the private sector and NHS and has also had his work published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He has previously been an MSc award leader at Staffordshire University, is currently the external assessor for Glyndwr University’s acupuncture BSc and also acts as consultant and sessional lecturer to a number of Universities throughout the UK including Keele University School of Medicine. He is also a consultant to physiotherapists in Team GB, the FA and a number of Premiership Football and Rugby Clubs.

Paul Battersby

Paul started his career in the Armed Forces; one of his roles whilst serving in Germany was as a physical training instructor. Since qualifying as a physiotherapist Paul has worked for several amateur sports clubs in and around the North West as well as running a private practice. He has lectured for the MOD and in both the Higher and Further Education sectors, teaching Physical Education, Sports Therapy, Massage and Acupuncture.

Paul completed an honours degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Salford University and has been practising Acupuncture for over fifteen years. He currently runs a very busy private practice in North East Wales and is a Senior Lecturer at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, lecturing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Complementary Therapies. While Paul is fully conversant with using a wide range of traditional Chinese practices, his passion is using acupuncture for pain control and his case studies provide a rich source of efficacy.

Paul’s passion for acupuncture is very much linked to his desire to ensure people are trained to a high standard in acupuncture practice. While he enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students he is continually developing his own knowledge and professional development.

Having joined the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), he became the AACP North Wales Regional Representative  and in 2010 joined the AACP Board as a director. Paul is also an advanced AACP member and a Tutor and is very passionate about promoting Acupuncture and developing the profession with particular interest in supervision and mentoring.

Caroline McGuire

Caroline graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1993, and did her first acupuncture training in 1995 as a Junior working in MSK, along with others from her department.  With encouragement from her father, she did the first of what was to be many, acupuncture courses and quickly enjoyed the benefits of this therapy.  In 1998, Caroline began working in neurological rehabilitation and quickly realised that her acupuncture skills could be applied to this setting also. She did a Chinese Medical Acupuncture module in 2000 and in 2003, published her first case study of acupuncture in a person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).   Following a short career break, she was determined to increase her skills and knowledge of acupuncture, which led to her undertaking her Master’s degree at Coventry University (2013).  Her final dissertation was a case series examining the effect of acupuncture on fatigue and quality of life in people with MS.  She plans to continue to further the research into the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture.

Caroline became an AACP tutor in 2015 and loves seeing others realise for the first time, just how helpful acupuncture can be.  She enjoys sharing her experiences and opening the door to the acupuncture world for others and then watching them realise how acupuncture can facilitate other physiotherapy interventions and improve quality of life for many.

Kevin Young

Kevin Young graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) TCM: Acupuncture and a Diploma in Tui-na. He is a State Registered and Chartered Physiotherapist (MCSP), qualified in sports therapy and sports massage, specialising in the treatment of sports injuries with Acupuncture. Additionally, he also has an MSc in Lower Limb Musculo-Skeletal Studies from Cardiff Met University.

Kevin works with sports teams, 20 years in rugby and more recently with professional boxers and practitioners of various martial arts (MMA). He is currently the principal physiotherapist for the charity Arthritis Action.

Kevin lectures at CICM Reading Traditional Acupuncture college (BSc program) in anatomy, structural diagnosis and tui-na. He also lectures on Sports Taping and Sports Acupuncture on a Master’s program at Cardiff

Met University. Finally, he lectures at Glyndwr University, Wrexham on Tui Na, Lower Limb and running Mechanics. He has a special interest in lower-limb injuries, and treating tendinopathies with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Gautier Lepoint

Gauthier qualified as a physiotherapist from UCL (Belgium) in 1994 and added an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy and Sports Science the following year. A desire to learn more about physiotherapy led him to complete a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Perth (Australia).

It was a fortuitous meeting with a Sri Lankan acupuncturist that inspired him to learn acupuncture. In 2001, Gauthier graduated from the British College of Acupuncture with a Licentiate in Acupuncture. To further his knowledge, he obtained a Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.

Gauthier’s fascination for the mind-body connection compelled him to study at the Quest Institute (London) where he qualified as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner in NLP.

In addition to his work in private practice, Gauthier has worked extensively with the Occupational Health department of the London Metropolitan Police Service. He has used acupuncture alongside other modalities to assist thousands of police officers in their return to frontline policing.

It is an honour, and a pleasure, for Gauthier to help the AACP train the next generation of acupuncturists - using his knowledge and experience to pass on the lineage that started over 2000 years ago!

Lesley Pattenden

Lesley qualified as a Physiotherapist from Bristol School of Physiotherapy in the early 1980’s. Since then, she has worked in both the NHS and privately within the field of musculo-skeletal outpatients. Her acupuncture career began with various short courses in 1992 and then pursuing the MSc in Acupuncture at Coventry in 2006.

After securing a teaching qualification she has been an AACP tutor for 10 years thus facilitating the acupuncture experience for many other qualified physiotherapists. She is a Director and Vice-Chair of AACP and has represented AACP at the stakeholder sessions for NICE (Osteoarthritis and Low Back Pain).

She has also represented AACP at the Houses of Parliament as an advocate of acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines.  Her aim is to continue to promote the use of acupuncture by Physiotherapists within the NHS during these challenging financial times.

Sudhir Daya


Sudhir is an experienced chartered physiotherapist and the founder of, a service for mind-bodywork practitioners that considers the whole person, not just their role as a practitioner. He graduated, with distinction, from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2001.

Sudhir has explored many avenues in his journey and is an ICF accredited life coach, clinical hypnotherapist, ergonomics consultant, yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, ayurveda practitioner and an accredited tutor for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. With this diverse experience, Sudhir brings a unique breadth of understanding and a multi-disciplinary approach to support fellow mind-bodywork practitioners.

Sudhir is also the founder of Integrated Health and currently works in private practice in central London. He has an interest in musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries (performing artists), occupational health, pain and stress management and the mind-body interaction in disease.

Amanda Hall


Amanda, originally from New Zealand, is a highly qualified physiotherapist with extensive training and experience in the field.  She completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2007 and went on to earn her Postgraduate Certificate in Acupuncture as well as a Masters in Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Merit). 

In 2022, Amanda achieved a teaching certificate and commenced her journey as an instructor for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapy.  She combines her extensive knowledge of the nervous system, effective communication skills, and acupuncture expertise to ensure each patient experiences a relaxed and effective session from the moment they enter her clinic.

Over the years, Amanda has earned a reputation for her exceptional work in addressing complex conditions, as well as conducting women’s health assessments.  Her students often describe her as an ‘acupuncture artist,’ and leave her courses with newfound confidence to apply acupuncture safely and effectively within their own clinical settings, tailored to their specific patient needs.

Amanda’s commitment to continuous learning and deepening her understanding of how acupuncture influences patients’ well-being, particularly its impact on the nervous system, fuels her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge.  She looks forward to welcoming you on a foundation course where she will support you embarking on a fabulous learning journey.