FREE Introduction to ACMAC for Students

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 10.30 am
Cost: FREE

Here at ACMAC we are so keen to see more community clinics starting across the UK and we think it’s key to make sure that students are made aware of what a powerful and practical model a multibed clinic is.

This FREE workshop is an opportunity for students to find out more about community acupuncture in the UK and how they can get involved.

We are delighted to have Peter Deadman one of our board members joining us for this informative intro followed by Q&A session.  Peter will share his thoughts on why community acupuncture is so important.

ACMAC’s founder Charlie Whitestone will discuss our history and why ACMAC was created, our board members Joe Jennings and Barney Clarkson will discuss the setup they use in their clinics to give examples of a multibed in action, and Claire Diola the ACMAC co-ordinator will take you through the benefits of student membership.

As we all attempt to return to normal after the events of the last two years the need for affordable acupuncture clinics is greater than ever.  This introduction is a perfect opportunity for students to learn more about ACMAC, community acupuncture, and the multibed model.

Please join us, to find out more about the advantages of student membership and becoming a part of the ACMAC family and the community acupuncture movement.

Hope to see you there!


30 Mar 2022


Can go longer if people want to :-)
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 30 Mar 2022
  • Time: 5:30 am - 6:30 am


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Peter Deadman


Peter Deadman

Peter has worked in the field of health promotion for fifty years now. He began by co-founding a workers’ co-operative in Brighton in 1971. Infinity Foods is a natural foods shop, bakery, and distribution centre. Ten years later Infinity set up the Brighton Natural Health Centre - a charity devoted to teaching what were then fairly rare practices such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, natural foods cooking, etc. Peter qualified as an acupuncturist in 1978 and as a Chinese medicine herbalist some years later. He co-authored A Manual of Acupuncture, published in 1996, and in 2016 published his book Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition. In 1978 he founded and published The Journal of Chinese Medicine which he ran until 2020. Peter has lectured on Chinese medicine and yangsheng (nourishment of life) all over the world. He has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of qigong for many years.

Other Organisers

Charlotte Whitestone
Charlotte Whitestone

Charlie was involved, although not a founding member of, the first non-NHS multibed acupuncture clinic in the UK, while studying for her acupuncture degree. She fell in love with this model of practice, using the experiences of patients at the clinic as the basis for her research dissertation, which was published in JCM. As practitioners visited the clinic and left inspired to start their own multibed clinics, Charlie started ACMAC as a space to collect information on this vibrant new practice model, and to inspire more practitioners to create more new clinics. Because of her involvement with ACMAC, Charlie has an appreciation and understanding of lots of different models people have chosen for their multibed clinics. She has been personally involved in 3 multibed clinics, and this model continues to sit at the heart of Charlie’s acupuncture practice, giving her deep satisfaction and reward.

Claire Diola
Claire Diola

Claire is ACMAC's co-ordinator. She first came across the multibed model in the acupuncture departments of the Xiyuan and Zhongri Hospitals in Beijing during her six-month clinical placement in her final year of training. Claire was so impressed by the efficiency of this type of practice and always wondered why she hadn't seen more of it in the UK. It wasn't until years later that she became involved in community acupuncture in the UK when she joined the team at Hove Community Acupuncture. Claire now works predominantly in community acupuncture and is passionate about making acupuncture available to all and seeing affordable clinics in every town across the UK.

Barney Clarkson
Barney Clarkson

Barney is a longstanding member of the ACMAC board. He runs Suffolk Community Acupuncture and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Barney trained as a Physiotherapist at Coventry University and has worked both privately and within the NHS. He integrates a variety of advanced techniques and specialises in the treatment of physical pain and dysfunction. Trained in Myofascial release and Acupuncture and integrating many other techniques, he has a highly effective hands-on approach to a wide variety of conditions. Suffolk Community Acupuncture also offers other community events including Acu-Gong and Qi Gong and energy balancing workshops.

Joe Jennings
Joe Jennings

Joe has set up a collection of community clinics from six community centres across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. There are five practitioners involved and it has run since January 2018. The flagship clinic runs two full days a week and the others are currently at one day a week. They have an online intake form and treat four patients an hour, which means the prices can be lower, but it is pretty full-on! The project is formalised as a not-for-profit community interest company with each practitioner as a shareholder. He has made the practice carbon positive and has experience in writing funding applications as well as running social media, online ad campaigns, and website building/management.


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