first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This months lettersLet’s honour OH’s heroesRegarding your news article and comments on occupational health nurses andMBE Honours (OH, February). I was unable to contribute last month, due to timeconstraints, but on being posed the question “who would I nominate” Iwas stimulated to think more widely about occupational health’s heroes. Professionals like Cynthia Atwell, Carol Cholerton and Jean Raper were citedas deserving honours for contributions to occupational health. I do agree, butwhy not widen the debate and challenge our practitioner colleagues to nominatetheir OH champions? While ours is a small sector, we have made great strides to raise ourprofile and push workplace health high up the government agenda. There are many unsung champions in the profession. The time has come torecognise and acknowledge them. Alongside those already mentioned we will havesome nominees for next year’s list, or perhaps create some form of recognitionwithin the profession? Gail Cotton, President, Association of OH Nurse Practitioners (UK) Alternative form of therapyI read with interest your article on the traditional Chinese method ofacupuncture (OH December). As you are no doubt aware, Western acupuncture,which developed in Europe in the early 1970s and has become popular in thedecades since, is based on entirely different principles. Modern Westernmedical acupuncture was not mentioned in the article. The British MedicalAcupuncture Society promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy by suitabletrained practitioners after orthodox medical diagnosis. The therapy is based on modern scientific principles rather a traditionaltheory. It is recognised that some of our members use a traditional diagnosticassessment, but this is as an adjunct rather than an alternative to theorthodox medical approach. That is not to diminish the value of traditionalChinese acupuncture, but it is not based on modern scientific teaching andtraining. As the article states, it is difficult to identify the lead body in thisfield, but it would be misleading not to mention the BMAS and the modern formof Western acupuncture that we promote and commend to both employers and thepublic. One of the society’s principle aims is to offer safe acupuncture for all,and to that end we have a system of accreditation which requires members toundertake a minimum of 100 hours training in order to qualify. Julian C PriceChief executive, British Medical Acupuncture Society LettersOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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