Update for going into Tier 5 in January 2021
The latest update from the British Acupuncture Council is that, given that medical and dental services are allowed to continue:
The position of the BAcC is that acupuncture performed by our members is included within the definition of ‘medical services’ and should therefore be able to practice. We are supported in this classification by the Professional Standards Agency. This means that our members should be able to practice in BAcC phase 3: Urgent care and high needs.
A Reminder of BAcC phase 3: Urgent care and high needs
It is down to individual professional judgement who fits into the category of Urgent Care and high needs. This can depend on whether the patient is likely to require further medication or see a GP if they weren't treated until after the lockdown.
A consideration could also be whether their treatment is time dependant such as in IVF cases.
Cosmetic or purely wellbeing treatments should stop, however anything affecting mental health and the maintenance of chronic pain etc could be seen as High Needs. Please judge each case individually and record in their notes your reasons for the decision.
Who, what and where
Jamie Gisby practices acupuncture, laser acupuncture (photobiomodulation therapy) and allergy & environmental therapy. I see patients from Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas. You can call me on 07721 510 429 or contact me by email. You are welcome to get in touch via social media.
Jamie Gisby began his career by studying pharmacology at University College London in the early eighties. My scientific background has given me a good grounding in understanding and assessing the scientific literature. I love to keep up to date with science but realised that lab work was not the right path for me. Whilst at university I got into yoga, meditation and Eastern philosophy and felt a strong tug to move in that direction. I friend suggested I should study acupuncture. Not knowing what it was I read one of the few books available back then, and I was totally hooked.
After graduating I combined my medical interest with a fascination for Chinese philosophy by studying acupuncture. I now have over 30 years of clinical experience. I practice both modern and traditional styles of acupuncture. This includes both 5-element and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) styles. Photobiomodulation (PBT) therapy is a needle-free way of stimulating acupuncture points, tendons, joints and muscle trigger points. PBT is a special light therapy which is gaining a lot of support from both the clinical and research communities. PBT is great for those who don’t like needles. Not only that but it widens the scope and depth of an acupuncture treatment. I provide both private acupuncture and acupuncture for the NHS (through local charitable funding).
Allergy & Environmental Therapy
I studied allergy and environmental therapy as I found more and more of my patients were suffering from allergies, food intolerance and chemical sensitivities. Often it is our diet and lifestyle that stands in the way of our healing and I work with my clients to help them optimise this in every way we can. As well as doing allergy testing with kinesiology I conduct a thorough clinical history and use the most up to date understanding of modern nutrition. This is balanced by my understanding of Classical Chinese dietetics.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, The British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy and the British Complementary Medicine Association. As an acupuncturist I am on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I have particular interests in the areas of fertility, fatigue and pain management.
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I am on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority – click here to learn more. I am now trading as a Limited Company with the name JGISBY LTD. Registered Office 105 Greenways, Gloucester GL4 3SA.