Acupuncture

  • Related keywords: Chinese medicine, needles, complementary medicine, alternative medicine
  • Date: 27 Oct 2016
  • Who applies for funding: General Practitioner (GP), Consultant (CONS)

Referral Route:

Criteria Based Access (CBA)

If the patient demonstrably meets the specific criteria for treatment, the patient can be referred directly via the appropriate Referral Service with a standard referral letter. If the patient does not meet the criteria for treatment then a referral can be made to the Individual Funding Request Panel but only if there is clear evidence that the patient’s clinical circumstances or condition are exceptional, i.e. there is something about the patient’s condition or circumstances that differentiate them on the basis of need from other patients with a similar diagnosis or condition and would justify funding being provided in an individual case when it is not routinely funded for others. Funding requests from GP Practices can be accepted from Senior Clinicians, salaried GPs, Locum GPs or Practice Partners. Unfortunately we are unable to accept funding applications from other health professionals unless countersigned by a senior clinician or GP.

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Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

It is often seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) although it is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK.

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture after a proper medical diagnosis. It is based on scientific evidence that shows the treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue.

This results in the body producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins. It is likely these substances are responsible for any beneficial effects seen with this form of acupuncture.

Cover for Policy for Acupuncture

Policy for Acupuncture

Acupuncture is subject to this restricted policy.

Cover for Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

This form must be completed when applying for treatments that are not normally commissioned by Bristol CCG. Please refer to the Interventions Not Normally Funded List (INNF) before making an application.