Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of a solid needle into any part of the human body for disease prevention, therapy or maintenance of health.
Proposed revisions to the eligibility criteria
The procedures listed below are Not Routinely Funded:
Acupuncture for managing low back pain with or without sciatica
Electro-acupuncture for the treatment of people with osteoarthritis
Acupuncture for treating lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men
Acpuncture for the induction of labour.
In addition, Acupuncture is Not Routinely Funded in secondary care. Acupuncture will continue to be offered as part of a range of procedures with the exceptions listed above by the Community Pain Management element of the IMSK service.
For patients requiring Acupuncture outside of the scope of procedures offered by the community IMSK service, the CCG will only fund treatment in secondary care if an Individual Funding Request (IFR) application proves exceptional clinical need.