Northern College of Acupuncture Objectives and Philosophy

Charitable Objectives

Our charitable objectives are:

  • To provide education and promote high standards of practice in the science and art of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition for the protection and benefit of the public, to be available to any suitably qualified person regardless of colour, class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability provided such disability is compatible with the provision of safe and effective treatment.
  • To provide for, promote and engage in investigation and research into the science and art of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition and to disseminate the results of research.
  • To encourage the progress of and to improve standards of education and practice in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and nutrition by providing postgraduate education for practitioners.
  • To provide education in and treatment with acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and other complementary therapies at preferential charges for members of the public regardless of race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability where members of the public would otherwise be deprived of education and/or treatment by reason of financial hardship.

The College's aims and objectives are further elaborated in its philosophy and values statements.

The College’s Philosophy

We aim to be a leading and pioneering establishment of educational excellence in the fields of Traditional Chinese and Oriental Medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine and tuina massage) and nutritional therapy, with a reputation for significant research activity.


We value:

  • Encouragement for everyone to develop their own style of practice, drawing on a diverse repertoire of approaches and techniques.
  • A combination of intellectual rigour and critical thinking with compassion, skill and the broad development of the practitioner.
  • Mutual respect among all at the College.

We believe that:

  • Chinese Medicine and nutritional therapy have the potential to heal and transform at all levels of body and mind.
  • Students are our future and the future of the profession. They are at the centre of our work.
  • The education of students and practitioners is a holistic activity, involving values, spirit, mind and body.
  • Open-minded investigation and research by practitioners are essential to the future vitality of the traditions of Chinese medicine and nutritional therapy.
  • Learning is a life-long activity - we aim to foster an ethos of reflective and continuous professional development.

We serve students, staff, practitioners and patients, and ultimately the general public, by providing an environment and ethos that promotes the study and practice of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and nutritional therapy. To achieve this we:

  • Set high standards for clinical, academic and professional excellence, with robust quality assurance and strong academic support and pastoral care.
  • Provide regular formative feedback to enable continuing development and the confidence to practise in an effective, professional and reflective way.



  • To provide an inspirational learning environment of a very high quality, with a range of highly motivated and professionally qualified staff.
  • To base our work on shared values.

Clarity and feedback

  • To agree clear and achievable objectives and provide meaningful feedback on performance.


  • To foster personal growth and change in a supportive environment, enabling everyone to aim for their full potential.
  • To build a College with which people can identify and to which we all feel commitment.
  • To produce professionally qualified practitioners of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy, educated to high standards.


  • To achieve clear and timely communication of information.
  • To ensure the free flow of information and views, upward, downward and across our College.

Continuous improvement

  • Not to be restricted by the existing way of doing things.
  • To seek continuous improvements in all our actions.