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Education system and CPD training

BAH also offers flexible and comprehensive education and training system for new members and existing leech therapy practitioners. After the final assessment and knowledge check, you will be qualified, registered, accredited, licensed and insured with BAH, BCMA Certificate of:

  • Modern Leech therapy and Hirudopractice (4 levels);
  • Gentle Osteopathy and Joints Massage;
  • Modern Kinesiotherapy and Physiotherapy Exercises using special equipment;
  • Sound Massage using Tibet singing bowls,
  • Health coaching applying New Generation food supplements;
  • Modern Technologies in Life Coaching increasing Level of your Vital Energy;
  • Personal trainer.

Core Curriculum (Minimum/baseline educational requirement for safe practice)

For today the ancient approach of Hirudotherapy is enriched with many scientific discoveries, such as the addition of the Homeopathic approach (“Great power but using small doses”) and knowledge of food supplements, osteopathy, modern physiotherapy and the biological active points from Chinese Medicine. We advocate the use of “The Integrative Quadracare: Focus on the Best World Experience Approach in Modern Leech therapy and Hirudopractice” (the short version: QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy or QC) as the most professional, secure and safe for our patients, comprehensively based on the evidence of healthy practice and approved science originated from eminent doctors and scientists. This changes and elevates the status of the “Leech therapy consultant & hirudo practitioner” to, under our tutelage and approval, who we refer to as the “QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy specialist”.

Such a person should have a certificate of completion of a recognised course (and/or membership approval) with the British Association of Hirudotherapy [BAH], having covered practical and theoretical knowledge in QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy and should be able to evaluate three main conditions:

  1. The condition of leech: the medical leech type – medicinalis, verbana, orientalis, officinalis, and also the leech birth date and last breeding date.
  2. The content of leech: for how long was the leech forcibly starved and what temperature regime was applied.
  3. The condition of the patient: diagnosis and current condition, also if there are any contra-indications for leech therapy.

For prevention, early diagnosis and self-healing you do not have to be a western medicine trained doctor, because every human being in the 21st century interested in high quality health (especially its enhancement) is intelligent and smart enough to learn and apply leech according to BAH recommendations. Nevertheless to be able apply the complex scheme for QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy you have to acquire sufficient knowledge from many areas, as leech therapy on its own is just a good tool to create the necessary conditions for a human body’s recovery, but does not give such a good result alongside serious medical treatment these days. This is because, if a patient is being treated with chemical drugs, their impact could deter the action of a live leech application, having serious consequences in being able to predict what may happen and how the patient could react. Therefore the prescribed scheme of the use of live leech is very important, and it could be crucial to decide in certain circumstances NOT TO PRESCRIBE ANY LIVE LEECHES.

Please find below the described structure of our training system in Hirudotherapy as a part of The Integrative Quadracare: Focus on the Best World Experience Approach in Modern Leech therapy and Hirudopractice:

1st level – Hirudotherapy for self healing purposes only

To start with, we offer the “First Instruction in Hirudotherapy” fundamental course.

It deals with the basics of hirudotherapy, care of leech and how to apply them in a safe and professional manner. Some medical knowledge helps but is not essential. The theoretical and background information is provided online (for this part of the training BAH estimates 7 hours self-study); then in addition a practical 3-day (at least 15 hours) training is provided, initiated by a one-to-one session. After completion of the practical part, appropriate publications are provided online for further development (for this part of the training BAH recommends 28 hours at least self-study).

The trainee would then receive a certificate of attendance and be an associate member of the BAH and also of the British Complementary Medicine Association for an unlimited period of time. This gives trainees the possibility to receive free supervision and advice from the these organisations. Also BAH further offers to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge during CPD seminars (50 hours per year at least) and public knowledge sharing meetings (3 hour sessions plus, once a month).

 For this level BAH encourages a total of 50 hours of practical experience in Hirudotherapy.

2nd level – for Hirudotherapy practitioners

If a trainee wishes to then work with fee paying clients, they would be required to perform a number of practical applications on themselves and/or family and friends for a period of at least 3-4 months. Each of these applications would need to be documented and reported to BAH as proof of experience and professional competence, and also a specific BAH questionnaire successfully completed. After being approved at this stage (BAH suggest it should take at least 100 practical sessions with full documentation for 150 hours, including self-study of material provided directly online and via internet links), they will receive a Hirudotherapy Practitioner Certificate as confirmation of readiness to begin practical sessions with the fee paying clients.

Alternatively we offer an online knowledge check (equivalent to answering the above mentioned BAH questionnaire) for membership for practitioners trained with other reliable training providers. BAH is aware of most of training centre activities and their reputations in the world via the International Co-operation Community of Hirudotherapy Practitioners [ICCHP] and also the World Hirudotherapy Association [WHA] (as Director of the BAH has been the secretary of ICCHP since 2012 and a full member of the WHA Organisers Committee since 2013).

For this level BAH credits a total of 200 hours of practical performance in Hirudotherapy.

3d level – for Quadracare in Hirudotherapy specialists

The next step, possible after 6 months from the previous training stage, is designed for only medically trained applicants interested in advanced live leech applications. It is a one day Accelerator Training (of not less than 6 hours) for the Fundamental Integral Course in Hirudotherapy, designed for experienced Hirudotherapy practitioners who would like to be able to introduce a wider range of complementary treatments necessary to ensure a patient’s health improvement and provide the best preparation/aftercare treatment for live leech applications e.g. techniques for correct breathing, a set of modern physiotherapy exercises. Even more importantly they are able to get supervision and advice from BAH’s experts and pass it directly to the patient on a particular schemes of leech product and food supplement combinations for their specific case.

The trainee is then asked to present documentary evidence of his practical activities for at least 300 hours and least 50 + 24 = 74 hours for Continual Professional Development and/or knowledge sharing seminars with BAH or other reliable training provider. After the completion of all requirements the trainee can receive their certificate of “Advanced Applications and Modern Technologies in Leech Therapy & Hirudopractice” and in addition a certificate of “The Integrative Quadracare: Focus on the Best World Experience Approach in Modern Leech therapy and Hirudopractice“.

For this level BAH credits a total of 580 hours of practical performance (200 for 1st and 2nd levels and 300 + 50 + 24 + 6 = 380 for the 3d level).

4th level – for advanced QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy practitioners

In order to be approved to spread the QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy around the world, possible only for people with all 3 levels of BAH training system completed (or alternatively the 1st and 2nd levels accepted via our knowledge check from reliable training providers and the 3rd provided by BAH) and also after practical performance in Hirudotherapy for at least 24 months. BAH then asks for documentary evidence of experience, at least 50 hours per year Continual Professional Development and 20 hours per year participation in knowledge sharing seminars with BAH or other reliable training providers to achieve the 4th Level, “Advanced Quadracare in Hirudotherapy Practitioner” status.

In this case BAH then offers, following a further Accelerator Day (6 hours) of “Personal Presentation in the Integrative Quadracare”, the trainee a “The Licensed Trainer in Integrative Quadracare for the British Association of Hirudotherapy” certificate with the possibility of opening new approved training centres outside the UK.

For this level BAH estimates not less than total of 1400 hours of practical performance in Hirudotherapy (9 months to pass initial three levels and 15 months to prepare for the 4th level, up to a total of 24 months). BAH expects that within 15 months there would be 750 hours of practical performance plus 580 hours (previously counted for initial 3 levels of the training) plus 70 hours for CPD and/or knowledge sharing seminars – all documentary evidence required.

We can help our trainee at every step of this process (or as far as they wish to take it), provide leech products & food supplements from reliable partners, also high quality leeches, business paperwork and the supervision of our experts; all these being the benefits received by a BAH member. Also the trainee would be informed of any future courses, conferences and events.

To reiterate, after completing 3rd  and 4th levels”, the BAH trainee should be able to introduce a wide range of complementary treatments necessary to ensure a patient’s health improvement and provide the best preparation/aftercare treatment for live leech applications e.g. techniques for correct breathing, a set of modern physiotherapy exercises. Even more importantly they are able to get supervision and advice from BAH’s experts and pass it directly to the patient on a particular schemes of leech product and food supplement combinations for their specific case. This is what we mean by “The Integrative Quadracare: Focus on the Best World Experience Approach in Modern Leech therapy and Hirudopractice” or “QuadraCare in Hirudotherapy” as a modern method used in a professional, safe and secure manner for our patients, sufficient and based on the evidence of good healthy practice and scientific approval, comprehensive in its public presentation and provided in an NHS prescription friendly way.

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