From today, patients and the public will be able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Dean McQue of Acupuncture and Holistic Health in Richmond and in Bedale has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.

Dean said “This will ensure that patients are able to make a choice with some assurance that the highest standards of acupuncture care are being given as accredited by an independent body, this is excellent news”

Peace of mind for users of health and social care

Anyone looking for health and social care services can enjoy greater peace of mind from today, with the launch of a Government-backed scheme to promote quality for those healthcare professionals who are not regulated by statute.
At an event in the House of Commons today, the Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) launched the Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme, which vets and approves registers of health and social care practitioners.
People looking for services such as acupuncture, will soon be able to look out for practitioners displaying the Accredited Voluntary Register mark. The mark is a sign that a practitioner belongs to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards, demonstrating a personal commitment to improving quality.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

“Good care comes from good people. But if you’re an employer or a member of the public who employs an unregulated professional, you need to be able to find people who are committed to the highest professional standards. The AVR scheme is an excellent way of doing that.
The scheme will be a benchmark of high professional standards and good practice. And because of that, it will give people faith in the staff they employ, enhance the reputation of practitioners and, crucially, raise standards across the board.”

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:

The scheme offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for health and care services. With lots of different regulators supervising different parts of healthcare, this scheme works by bringing more professionals into the fold. It gives practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment by joining a register dedicated to improving standards.
Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at

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