The ETRC Terms of Reference summarise the remit and role of the Education, Training and Research Committee.

On behalf of the AACP Board, the ETRC is responsible for:
Developing, operating and monitoring an appropriate accreditation, approval and evaluation process for the education and training of AACP members, which includes:

  • Managing the process of accreditation and the triennial re-accreditation of tutors/teaching institutions seeking to teach for the AACP and/or the AACP accredited courses, including the annual peer-review of existing tutors
  • Managing the accreditation of Foundation Courses and advanced acupuncture courses/modules for physiotherapists
  • Managing the process of CPD course approval
  • Developing and monitoring an appropriate spectrum of education, training and CPD for AACP members and evaluate this on an annual basis
  • Promoting both an educational framework and up to date accreditation requirements to support members’ training in a rapidly developing statutory healthcare context
  • Promoting a developmental and collaborative ethic of education, training and research within the AACP, ETRC, among tutors/teaching institutions and externally with other bodies, using the AACP website and articles in AACP (e-)newsletters.


Developing, operating and monitoring an appropriate clinical research and audit programme for AACP members, which includes:

  • Developing and communicating an AACP research strategy that serves to increase awareness and to support the acceptance of acupuncture physiotherapy with:
    • the public
    • government Arm’s Length Bodies, such as NICE in England and equivalents elsewhere,
      • commissioning bodies of treatments, such as Clinical Commissioning Groups
      • other healthcare professionals and members
  • Promoting and monitoring the AACP clinical audit tool
  • Recruitment (using the AACP website and articles in AACP (e-)newsletters) and identification of suitable research projects for recommendation to the AACP Board for the allocation and management of  funds.


Membership Composition

The ETRC current (November 2018) committee members are:
Catherine Haines                    
Carole Paley
Research Advisor
Paul Battersby
AACP Board representative & Clinical Advisor

Claire Buckingham
Education and Training Coordinator
Mary Sanders
Lay member
Mike Chapman
AACP tutor representative