9th September 2002

 

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE PROVES POPULAR

 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine will take their place on the curriculum alongside English and History when the new semester begins at the University of Lincoln next week

 

Around 25 first-year students have enrolled on the university’s new BSc (Hons) degree in Complementary Medicine – and staff on the new programme have been delighted by its popularity.

 

“Recruitment has been amazing – to be in this position is nothing short of wonderful,” commented Linda Husband, who is in charge of the new course.

 

“The course is mainly attracting people aged between 25 and 45 who want to change direction mid-career, people who now have the opportunity to pursue what they have always wanted to do.”

 

The two main strands of the course are western herbal medicine and traditional Chinese acupuncture.

 

A feature of the course is the provision of 500 clinical practice hours for the student, which exceeds the number of hours required by the two accrediting bodies.

 

“We’re making sure that students have a sound scientific underpinning and extensive clinical placement hours,” said Linda. “In addition we want them to be able to register immediately on graduation with the relevant professional body and so we have been negotiating with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Council and the European Herbal Practitioners’ Association.”

 

The university also plans to open a polyclinic where students will offer complementary medicine to the people of Lincoln and surrounding areas at a subsidised rate under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.

 

And the Complementary Medicine course may be expanded in the future to take in homoeopathy and chiropractic.

 

For more information about Complementary Medicine contact Linda Husband on Lincoln 886786 or email lhusband@lincoln.ac.uk

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk