Ask Aims and Objectives
The Association of Systematic Kinesiology (ASK) is a registered charity (No. 229306) and a company limited by guarantee registered company (No: 02235125)
The charity exists:
- To bring to the notice of the public the great value of Systematic Kinesiology, hereinafter referred to as SK.
- To provide professionally trained people in all branches of both orthodox and complementary health care, with the support of a professional organisation, which promotes high standards of ethics, training and practice among those who use SK.
- To maintain at the registered office a national register of professional practitioners so that members of the public may be assisted to find qualified help from reputable qualified Systematic Kinesiologists.
Association of Systematic Kinesiology Membership
Membership Levels and Requirements
Professional Membership of the Association of Systematic Kinesiology entitles the practitioner entry on to the Professional Register and is open to all individuals who meet the standards of Professional Systematic Kinesiology practice, established by the Trustees of ASK.
The Trustees reserve the right to alter these requirements as and when necessary. They are, at the present time, as follows:
Professional Systematic Kinesiologists (SK) Diplomates (Dip.ASK)
Kinesiologists who have been successfully assessed following completion of a recognised foundation and diploma course in Systematic Kinesiology and who meet the following requirements for professional diplomate status: hold a certificate in nutrition and anatomy and physiology from an ASK accredited course; hold a current 1st aid certificate; hold a valid public liability and personal indemnity insurance; have paid their annual subscription to ASK and comply with the ASK code of ethics.
Diplomates SK may use the abbreviation Dip.ASK.
These members may see clients and charge a fee and have their name on the practitioners' list on the ASK website.
Annual membership £150.00 payable in two instalments of £75.00 in March and September. Short rate terms apply.
Kinesiologists who have been successfully assessed following completion of a recognised foundation and practitioner course and who meet the following requirements for certificate status: have paid their annual subscription to ASK; comply with the ASK Code of Ethics and Practice; hold a valid public liability and personal insurance and will be insured for the techniques as taught within the accredited ASK foundation course and the certificate course.
Certificates SK may use the abbreviation Cert.ASK
These members may see clients and charge a fee and have their name on the practitioners' list on the ASK website.
Annual membership £150-00 payable in two instalments of £75.00 March and September. Short rate terms apply.
Kinesiologists who have successfully been assessed following completion of an ASK accredited foundation course and who meet the following requirements for associate status; have paid their annual subscription to ASK; comply with the ASK Code of Ethics and Practice; hold a valid public liability and personal indemnity insurance and will be insured for the techniques as taught within the accredited ASK foundation course.
These members may see clients and charge a fee.
Annual membership £50.00. Short rate terms apply.
Student Associate Membership
Open to all those who are training in one of the ASK accredited foundation courses.
N.B. Provided Student Associate Members are insured in the ASK block insurance scheme, only using ASK techniques as taught within the accredited ASK foundation course and have paid their annual subscription the student may see clients and charge legitimate expenses and be under the supervision of their tutor.
Annual membership £50.00. Payable annually in March. Short rate terms apply.
Friends of ASK
Open to all members of the public who wish to support ASK.
Annual membership £30.00. Payable annually in March.
Why Belong to the Association of Systematic Kinesiology?
ASK is a registered charity with a charitable status of education.
ASK is the recognised accrediting body for Systematic Kinesiology.
All reputable professionals belong to a professional body whose function is to define, promote, oversee, support and regulate the affairs of its members. This enables us to maintain a professional standard from which the public can have confidence and is in the public interest.
ASK sets a national standard for Kinesiology practitioners and tutors and provides a register for lay people and professionals to use giving confidence in the use of Kinesiology by qualified practitioners.
Professional associations maintain the highest possible standards in their field of expertise. This includes training, practice and teaching.
Professional associations help to tell the public that you have a certain standard of practice - a professional standard. Belonging to ASK gives the public confidence that you are trained to a high standard in the specific area of Kinesiology and follow a professional code of conduct.
An association is there to encourage communication between like- minded people and to encourage sharing of ideas and resolving challenges. The information on the website and leaflets helps the public and future potential practitioners see what our therapy is all about.
It encourages practitioners to maintain their high standard, competence and performance. It shows others that we move forward in our professional development together keeping our skills and knowledge up to date by doing 'continued professional development '(CPD). CPD is a reflective practice whereby we use our knowledge and experience and build upon it to develop ourselves professionally so that we maintain an excellent standard incorporating new ideas and techniques that are accredited.
Belonging to an association is important when establishing it as a therapy available to the NHS or private medicine and when interacting with other professionals who belong to their own specific professional body.
As a professional body we seek good relationships and work in a cooperative manner with other healthcare professionals.
The ASK encourages networking for problem sharing and problem solving, encourages practitioners to develop professionally and offers best educational practice. It encourages collaboration with the NHS and is involved in maintaining high teaching standards with ongoing curriculum development and standard setting. The Kinesiology National Occupational Standards (KNOS) have been granted and ASK accredited courses comply with, and exceed, the KNOS requirements.
From our extensive experience in the ASK office we recognise that the public are becoming more educated in recognising the benefit of working with a registered professional member of a recognised association and want to see evidence of that in the form of certificates of qualification.
ASK promotes best practice and its aim is to increase the profile of Systematic Kinesiology throughout the UK and abroad.
Benefits of Professional Membership to ASK
As well as the benefits outlined above, professional membership to ASK provides the following:
- Promotion of Kinesiology to the general public via the website, free leaflets and advertising.
- Developing relationships with the media and other professional bodies.
- Inclusion in the systematic kinesiology membership directory on the ASK website with area search facilities to find practitioners.
- Your name is entered on to the ASK Professional Practitioner listings, which is the ASK office reference for telephone enquiries for professional practitioners.
- Free advertising on the web by name and status. With your permission your contact details may be given out on the ASK website.
- Free advertising of courses and links to personal websites.
- Use of ASK registered trade mark logo on all promotional material to publicise your kinesiology practice and training courses.
- Access to members forum within the ASK website – www.systematic-kinesiology.co.uk
- Certificate of membership and professional status each year.
- Qualifies you to use the title 'Cert. ASK or Dip ASK' dependent upon the qualification gained.
- Excellent Professional liability insurance package via Balens. Increasingly, insurance companies will only insure practitioners who belong to a Professional body.
- Help-line available from the ASK office. Access to a friendly, efficient and supportive administration office with an administrator who has years of professional experience in kinesiology practice, teaching, book keeping and administration.
- ASK pays £100.00 a day to professional practitioners who *man* ASK stands at health shows.
- Option to advertise your practice by leaving your business cards at our health show stand.
- Newsletter 3 x a year. Newsletters and updates within the changing world of complementary medicine and on any matters that may affect your practice.
- Subsidised ASK and professional day following ASK day.
It has proved very difficult for professional members to work within the NHS and therefore benefit from the grant offered by ASK. The trustees have decided to change the grant proviso so as to enable more of the professional membership to spread the word about systematic kinesiology. The trustees propose:
- That the grant be available for all practicing Professional members, to be paid for by ASK, and is a unique opportunity for professional members to increase their client base.
- ASK are inviting professional members to apply for a grant, payable conditionally, when the member gives a talk and demonstration to the public about Systematic Kinesiology.
- The grant will be available on a monthly, first come, first served basis
- Number of payments limited to 4 individual professional members per month
- Details of the meeting and promotion of the talk to be sent to the ASK office.
- Grant payable is £50.00 for 10 - 20 attendees
- 20 plus attendees £70.00
- Signatories of attendees required
- Free ASK leaflets
- Template for talk is available
Benefit to the member:
- Speaking to groups has proved to be the ideal opportunity to increase the client base of practitioners.
- The talk would contribute towards the professional member's annual CPD requirement
- The trustees reserve the right to withdraw this grant of a speaker's fee without notice
- ASK promotional leaflets are free to professional members.
- Posters are available from the ASK office for your promotional literature, free of charge.
- Support you in dealing with any complaint from the public – although this is increasingly common in the current climate of litigation, no member of ASK has ever had a complaint upheld against them.
- Purchasing supplements from most reputable companies at a practitioner's discount. Companies are increasingly requesting that practitioners belong to a professional body.
ASK Accredited Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology and first aid courses
Mick Lawrence and Hareth Altahan
Telephone: 0208 673 2719
Telephone: 0845 603 5675
Anatomy & Physiology
Julie Langton Smith is an ITEC tutor.
Telephone: 0790 0218954
Any course that covers what to do if a client collapses during a kinesiology session is acceptable.
Association of Systematic Kinesiology Trustees
Since ASK is a registered charity there needs to be Trustees whose main duty is to safeguard the Charity. The 'governing document'* sets out the rules and regulations by which the Trustees have to abide.
However, ASK is also a 'company limited by guarantee' and 'not having a share capital', i.e. non profit making. Under company law the 'governing document' is called the 'articles of association and memorandum'. So in ASK's case they are the same document.
ASK must therefore comply with both charity law and company law. Some terms are commonly used referring to 'trustees' and others commonly referring to 'directors'. Within the governing document reference is made to a member, a trustee and a director. The three titles within the governing document all relate to the same person i.e. a trustee is also a director and a member. A member in this particular reference means the person is a member of the board of directors and not to be confused with being a member of the association.
Electing a trustee
Each year at the Annual General Meeting the longest serving trustee retires and can then opt to be re-elected. Since ASK is a charity trustees are voted in by the board of directors/trustees/member. The members of the association do not vote in trustees.
Current ASK Trustees
The present trustees are Alan Lam, Allison Prebble, Liz Sippy, Sally Prestwich and Elaine Mills. The trustees have excellent rapport and trust, respecting each other and discussing issues related to ASK, each taking their responsibilities very seriously. This enables effective communication and is important for the smooth running of ASK.
Dr. Sally Prestwich
Role of a Trustee
Trusteeship is a voluntary position. It is charity law that a trustee may not receive remuneration for being a trustee. However they can receive payment to cover any expenses. Trustees are responsible for the overall management and decision making in a charity. This means they have ultimate responsibility for the work of the charity and must act in its best interests. They take decisions about its future and need to act on any challenges that arise to safeguard the charity. The role is challenging but also interesting and rewarding. Each trustee brings their own skills, expertise and experiences enabling the group to function effectively. Trustees are expected to act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest. Trustees make decisions collectively as a team, keeping to an effective working strength, bringing skills and energy to ensure the efficient running of the charity They act reasonably and prudently to create positive changes with their prime concern being to safeguard the charity and ensure the efficient running and organisation of ASK. They act with integrity, avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of their trustee position. They have a duty of care. They need to meet regularly for decisions to be agreed on by a quorum of trustees. Personal conflicts of interest, personal views and prejudices can affect this. If a problem occurs in the charity's work or finances, the ultimate responsibility rests with the trustees. Therefore the trustees work together to ensure they adhere to guidelines laid down in the governing document, make proper and informed decisions and take advice where necessary. Trustees encourage team work, solve problems, make decisions and aim to maintain good working relationships. Further information can be found in 'The Essential Trustee': http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Publications/cc3.aspx and other places on the Charity Commission website: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/
Each year the trustees usually hold 2 face to face meetings. One of these meetings takes place towards the end of the financial year so all ASK office expenses and supporting documentation may be viewed by all the trustees and signed off during that meeting.
The administrator will advise the trustees via e-mail of items that need to come to their attention. Many issues can be resolved via email correspondence and sometimes conference calls are held. All types of meetings are minuted and documented. This is imperative for the smooth running of ASK and enables all the trustees to fulfil their other commitments. It requires complete trust, openness and transparency to work effectively.
Appointment of New Trustee
Trustees play an essential role in the governance of charities. In due course the present trustees will meet to prepare a short job description and person specification in compliance with CC guidelines and regulation and criteria.
Should there be a major dispute or disagreement within the trusteeship, mediation is a private and confidential process by which the parties in a dispute agree to appoint an independent person who meets them and their advisers with a view to helping the parties reach a solution. As the solution is agreed to by those directly affected, rather than imposed externally, it is more likely to provide a long-term resolution.
Mediation can be a quick and cost effective way to resolve disputes and is recommended by the charity commission.
Association of Systematic Kinesiology Adminstrator
Role of the Administrator
Headline Responsibilities include:
- Reporting to the ASK trustees on any matters which need their decision or direction.
- Organising trustee meetings
- Running the ASK day to day office tasks, Monday-Friday 9am-5.00pm– the office has a 24/7 answer phone.
- Handling all membership applications and membership upgrades. Updates relevant databases.
- The ASK accounts, day to day bookkeeping and preparation of the accounts for yearly audit.
- Providing twice yearly membership updates and budget forecast for the trustees.
- Handling the subscriptions received twice yearly.
- The organisation of the annual ASK day and ASK seminars.
- Overseeing the submission of details of continuing professional development courses and case studies from the ASK professional members. Checking and posting case studies for the ASK website.
- Keeping a register of members who are part of the gift aid scheme and submitting the annual return to the Inland Revenue Gift Aid office.
- Organising the health shows and helpers for the ASK stand. Liaising with the ASK show representative, currently this position is held by Paz Fairbrother.
- Preparing and issuing the ASK newsletter, currently produced 3 times per year.
- Responsibility for the running of the ASK website
- Providing a helpline for ASK members who may be needing advice regarding treatment of clients if they are unable to contact their tutor and any other issues related to ASK
The accounts are audited by Ian Barr, a qualified accountant who specialises in dealing with charity accounts. He is the person Brian Butler used since the beginning of ASK. Once he has approved the accounts they are logged at Companies House and with the Charity Commission and a copy is available for any member to see at any time.
The Charity Commission introduced an accounting system known as "Statement of Recommended Practice" (SORP) which ASK has followed since the SORP inception in 2006.
The full SORP report is 25 pages long. An abbreviated format of the accounts, as recommended by the ASK accountant, is presented to the members at the AGM.
The accounts are submitted annually to the Charity Commission and Companies House and may be viewed online here
History of A.S.K
Background to ASK
The Association was founded by Brian Butler in 1985. In 1988 ASK was granted charitable status for education and research in kinesiology. ASK was also registered as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital i.e. non-profit making. As part of this process a document referred to by the Charity Commission as a Governing Document and by Company Law the same document but called the Articles of Association and Memorandum, was set up.
Within this document reference is made to a member, a trustee and a director. The three titles all relate to the same person i.e. a trustee is also a director and a member. A member in this reference means they are a member of the Board of Directors and not to be confused with being a member of the Association.
This governing document is available (click here).
Trustees comply with the rules and regulations as set out in this document and trustees also comply with both Charity and Company Law. Also there are several areas of ‘good practice’ recommended by the Charity Commission which whilst not ‘law’ are expected to be upheld by trustees to maintain professional standards and demonstrate good practice
Information about the ASK Charity and the Trustees is registered, approved and copies held by Companies House and the Charity Commission.
Brian Butler and Stephanie Mills were 2 of the trustees up until the time he retired in 2001. At this point Brian chose to entrust ASK to a set of new trustees, namely Marie Cheshire (MC), Sally Prestwich (SP), Trevor Gale (TG) and Greg Phitidis, making a total of 4.
In 2001 Marie chose to resign as trustee and become the administrator for ASK because the workload was increasing due to the expansion of the membership, particularly the Associate membership and the need to set up systems for the efficient running of the association. It was agreed by the trustees that she needed remuneration for this position. It is Charity Law that trustees do not receive remuneration while holding the position of a trustee.
When Greg resigned (due to family reasons) in 2003, Liz Sippy, Alan Lam and Allison Prebble were invited to become trustees.
Therefore since 2001, Marie has been the administrator. Viv, Marie’s husband, now shares the administrative work load with Marie.
2002 Marie was appointed as secretary to ASK.
2013 Current Trustees
Sally Prestwich Liz Sippy, Alan Lam, Allison Prebble and Elaine Mills.