The Microsystems of Acupuncture Council [MAC] (pending) has developed a process to grandparent and accept individuals and groups who may wish to become members of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council and be regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council [CNHC], the process is outlined below.
The grandparenting proposal is intended to ensure that appropriately qualified and / or suitably experienced practitioners are given a vehicle through which they can attain voluntary regulation and inclusion on the Register maintained by the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.The scheme has a multiple purpose, principally protection of the public but benefiting the profession with accepted levels of education and professional standards, it needs to be affordable as well as simple to understand and fit for purpose, practical to administer and transparent in accountability and externalscrutiny.
There are four groups of practitioners who will be involved in any grandparenting
arrangements, these are:
1. Practitioners belonging to MACRWG member professional associations and organisations registered and in practice prior to the introduction of voluntary regulation.
2. Practitioners belonging to non-MACRWG member recognised professional associations and organisations and in practice prior to the introduction of voluntary regulation.
3. Practitioners not belonging to any professional association or organisation.
4. Practitioners who trained overseas wishing to practise in the UK.
Practitioners who fall in groups 2,3,and 4 above will be required, as a part of the grandparenting process, to demonstrate levels of professional skill, training and competence at least equivalent to those who will enter the register after the transitional period has ended.
The grand-parenting period will cover a two-year period from the opening of register for the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. The Microsystems of Acupuncture Council will accept grandparenting applications from both individuals and groups. After the stated two-year period the grand-parenting process will come to an end. Any individual or group currently in the process of grand parenting will proceed with the process however no further applications will be accepted after the closing date.
After the closing date, membership of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council will only be possible through the recognised external accreditation organisations, or via direct application to Microsystems of Acupuncture Council with the necessary entry requirements for membership.
The costs of individual application for grandparenting through any stakeholder group will be set and governed by each of the individual stakeholder groups. All the costs associated to any individual application will be borne by the applicant, where appropriate.
Costs of processing group application will be set and governed by the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council, and are available on written request to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. All the costs associated to any group application will be borne by the applicant, where appropriate.
Pro-forma forms of the requirements necessary are available upon written request to the secretary of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
Individuals and overseas individuals.
Individuals will be grand-parented onto the register of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council through membership of any Microsystems of Acupuncture Council stakeholder group.
Individuals may apply for membership of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council either directly through any of the recognised Microsystems of Acupuncture Council member groups, or directly to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
An individual grandparenting application received directly by the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council, will be forwarded to a recognised Microsystems of Acupuncture Council stakeholder group for processing. The application will be sent to the nearest stakeholder group to the address of the applicant.
Applicants must meet all the standards of entry required by the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. Pro-formas of the requirements and standards will be sent to any applicant upon written request to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
Evidence of all existing standards achieved, prior learning gained, and the applicant upon the request of the relevant Microsystems of Acupuncture Council stakeholder group must submit paper evidence of all learning processes. It will be the responsibility of each of the individual Microsystems of Acupuncture Council stakeholder groups to ensure that applicants meet, or are actively working to meet within a given period, the required standards of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
Stakeholder groups should endeavour to process any application for grandparenting within four weeks of receipt of application. Pro-formas will be available on written request to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
The MAC will accept group applications from any training provider, school, college, university, or register of relevant Microsystems practitioners. The inclusion and exclusion criteria are available outlining the required standards for acceptance to the register upon written request from the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. All registered members of any group who fulfil the entry requirements Microsystems of Acupuncture Council, will be accepted as full registered members of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. All relevant forms are available upon written request to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
A grand parenting board of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council, meeting twice a year, will consider all group applications.
The determination of levels of competence and continuing development of educational standards will be the responsibility of the education and accreditation committee of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. Stakeholder groups will have to provide proof that all of their members can reasonably demonstrate standards equivalent to that of post-transitional new entrants. Individuals and groups applying for grandparenting must meet the standards set by the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council in:
- Health and safety.
- Anatomy, physiology.
- First aid.
- Point location.
- Patient handling skills.
- Codes of conduct.
- Performance and ethics.
- Needle technique.
Top up training
Applicants who demonstrate shortfalls in the required level of standards must undertake further training to, within a given time frame, in order to gain successful registration. Costs incurred in this process are the responsibility of the individual or group concerned. Guidelines will be given to applicants, from the stakeholder groups as to the areas they need to concentrate on developing in order to attain successful registration. The responsibility then lies with the individual to source appropriate training and funding if appropriate.
Once the individual or group applicant has fulfilled all entry requirements they will be invited to join the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council and the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council regulator, the CNHC. Once applicants have demonstrated and achieved the standards they will be granted full membership to the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council. Each individual stakeholder group will be responsible for undertaking and managing this process for each individual grandparenting application concerned.
Pro-formas forms of the requirements necessary are available upon written request the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council.
The Microsystems of Acupuncture Council will notify all individuals of their membership, within an acceptable timeframe, once the application has been received and processed from the stakeholder group. Successful applicants onto the register will be permitted to use the title; Member of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council, M.A.C.
Existing stakeholder groups.
All existing members registered with stakeholder member groups of the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council will automatically be transferred to full membership on the opening of the register, this list will be submitted to the regulator the CNHC.
Guidelines to MACRWG groups on the criteria for applying
The Microsystems of Acupuncture Council recommends that applicants for membership should:
Have been wholly or mainly engaged in lawful, safe and effective practice in the Microsystems acupuncture profession for a period of three out of the last five years (or its equivalent on a part-time basis).
Have undergone additional training and experience, which satisfies the stakeholder group and Microsystems of Acupuncture Council that they have the requisite standard of proficiency for admission to the register, if they cannot meet this ‘three out of five years’ requirement.
All applicants for grandparenting should;
- be required to demonstrate their competence by taking a test.
- need to establish that they are of good character and health, signing up to
- the Microsystems of Acupuncture Council standards of conduct,
- performance and ethics.
- make declarations about legal, criminal, civil and professional
- make declarations and professional references about health status.
- make declarations about ethical conduct and safe conduct.
- have an enhanced disclosure statement from CRB.
- demonstrate proven standard of competence in English Language to
- IELTS level 7. (Current standards of GMC IELTS Level 7, NMC IELTS
- Level 6.5).
- have proof of identity, passport copies, photographs, etc.
- have professional references.
- enclose fees.