The Society of Homeopaths aims to publish within seven working days of a decision the names of those members in respect of whom it has investigated allegations and found the allegations to be well founded. It will also publish alongside the finding both the section(s) of the Code of Ethics and Practice of which they were found to be in breach, and the steps (if any) taken by the Adjudication Panel in respect of the member so named.
Orders imposed by the Adjudication Panel have been made to:
- Fulfil the Society’s role to protect members of the public
- Maintain public confidence in the profession of homeopathy
- Uphold the standards and conduct expected of Members
What the orders mean
Formal First Warning (F) – A member if given a formal warning which will remain on their file for a specified time agreed by the Panel.
Action Plan (A) – The member should agree upon an action plan to improve practice with the Professional Conduct Officer. Checks will ensure that the action plan is then followed.
Interim Suspension Order (I) – An allegation is serious enough for the member to be suspended pending an investigation and the outcome of the case.
Conditions of Practice (C) – conditions have been imposed on the member’s practice to enable him/her to take steps to remedy any deficiencies in their practice. Restrictions may be placed on the types of work that they may undertake. Conditions of practice judgements are sometimes imposed where there is evidence of incompetence or significant shortcomings in a member’s practice, but where the Committee is satisfied that there is potential for the member to respond positively to re-training and supervision.
Suspension (S) – the Panel has ordered that the member may not practise as a member of the Society of Homeopaths for a specified period of time. During this time he/she forgoes all rights and privileges of Society membership.
Termination (T) – this is the most severe sanction. The individual is no longer a member of the Society of Homeopaths.
Indicative Sanctions click here
Adjudication Panel decisions
This section contains details of homeopaths who have recently been the subject of a decision by either the Preliminary Investigation Panel or the Adjudication Panel and the sanction imposed. The committee has the power to issue a formal first warning and create an action plan, impose conditions of practice, suspend the homeopath’s registration for a set period, or permanently remove the homeopath’s name from the Register.
|Trevor Gunn||491||T||An Adjudication Panel was convened on 24th November 2014 to hear a complaint that had been brought by the Society of Homeopaths against Trevor Gunn RSHom. The complaint was partly upheld and the Panel found that Mr Gunn’s behaviour had breached the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following Sections.|
|Section 1 – Key principles for practice:
s1.4 Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual patients and the public.
Section 6 – Practice Issues
s59 Where the conduct of any registered, or student clinical member may have an adverse impact on their reputation as a homeopath and or the reputation of homeopathy such matters may be brought to the attention of the Professional Conduct Committee for their consideration.The Panel recommended that Trevor Gunn’s interim suspension order should be lifted. That as a condition of Mr Gunn’s continued membership of The Society he should;
Mr. Gunn should inform the chair of the Panel, of the name of the supervisor he intends to see by the end of January 2015. The supervisor should be selected from the list of supervisors approved by The Society.
Membership has been terminated for failing to comply with the panel decision.
||2007||T||An Adjudication Panel was convened on 21st May 2014 to hear a complaint that had been brought by a member of the public against Carole Ingram RSHom. The complaint was upheld and the Panel found that Ms Ingram’s treatment of the complainant’s son had breached the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following Sections:|
|Key principles for practice:
s1.7 Comprehensively record any history the patient may give and the advice and treatment the registered or student clinical member has provided.s1.8Provide comprehensive clear and balanced information to allow patients to make informed choices.s1.15 Practise in accordance with the Core Criteria for Homeopathic Practice and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy.
Consent: s3 Where another therapy is offered, they must inform the patient prior to treatment about the other therapy and indicate their relevant qualifications, registration with any relevant registering body and adherence to a separate Code of Conduct. Consent should be obtained for every component of treatment before commencement.The Respondent failed to follow:CORE CRITERION 3: “Affective Awareness” The monitoring, understanding and effective management of the emotional state of oneself and others.The Panel felt that the following paragraphs of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy 2011 (CNHNOS) needed to be considered in their decision:1.This allows the practitioner to consider whether it is appropriate to offer the service to the client, the type of service that should be offered and any required modifications to that service.
1.1 - The concept of health and well-being that is consistent with the practice, principles and theory underlying your discipline
1.3 – How the client’s previous and present care may affect their health and well-being in relation to your discipline
1.7 – How to select and use different methods for exploring clients’ needs
1.9 - The potential risks (relevant to your discipline) of various courses of action for the client
1.16 – The procedures for record keeping in accordance with legal and professional requirements2 – Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
2.1 – The range, purpose and limitations of different methods or approaches which may be used for clients’ individual needs
2.2 – How to determine the most appropriate method(s) for different clients and their particular needs
2.6 – How to support and advise the client to make informed choices
2.11 – The procedures for record keeping in accordance with legal and professional requirements2 Performance Criteria
4. discuss the approach to be taken, the level of commitment required and the potential outcomes and evaluation with the client
5. check the client understands and support them to make informed choices
6. obtain the client’s consent and complete records in accordance with professionaL and legal requirements15 – Explore and evaluate with individuals factors relating to their health and well-being within the context of homeopathy
15.5 – Medical terms and disease processes sufficient to maintain a dialogue with other health care practitioners and to assist in exploring the following for the purpose of homeopathic assessment, prognosis and treatment15.7 – The nature of disability and the role of the practitioner in working with individuals who have disabilities15.8 – The relevant legislation, professional standards and codes of conduct15.9 – How to obtain consent from individuals in accordance with legal and professional standards
15.12 - Approaches and techniques for eliciting information (eg open questions) and appropriate combinations/sequence of approaches at different times during consultation
15.19 - How to record information accurately for assessment and treatment purposes
15.24 – The procedures for record keeping in accordance with legal and professional requirements
15.25 – The principles and consequences of treating like with like and using minimum dose
15.26 – The importance of getting full information on both presenting problems and relevant contextual factors for effective homeopathic treatment
15.27 – The scope and significance of the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental factors which should be explored with individuals, including:
15.29 – Homeopathic criteria against which to evaluate information given by individuals in order to focus further questioning and discussion
15 Performance criteria
16 – Integrate and evaluate information about individuals’ health and well-being within the context of homeopathy
16.5 - Principles and methods of categorising symptoms, including:
16.6 - The relative value of symptoms and patterns in terms of:
16.7 – The nature, purpose and importance of prognosis in homeopathy, and how this differs from conventional medical prognosis
16.8 – Factors to consider when evaluating a case, including:
16 Performance criteria
2. encourage individuals to provide further information and/or agree how such information can be obtained if necessary
3. evaluate the information using strategies which are:
4. use appropriate homeopathic strategies to analyse and integrate all of the information available to prioritise the most characteristic symptoms and patterns in the case
17 – Prescribe homeopathic treatment for individuals
17 Performance criteria
19 – Review and evaluate homeopathic treatment, case management and practice development
19 Performance criteria
||2192||C||An adjudication Panel was convened on 11th September 2012 to hear a complaint which had been brought by a member of the public. The complaint was upheld and the Panel found that Ms Jetvic’s treatment of the complainant had breached the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following paragraphs:|
|Section 1 – Key principles for practice
1.1 Put the individual needs of the patient first.
1.2 Respect the privacy and dignity of patients.
1.3 Treat everyone fairly, respectfully, sensitively and appropriately without discrimination.
1.4 Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual patients and the public.
1.5 Listen actively and respect the individual patient’s views and their right to personal choice.
1.7 Comprehensively record any history the patient may give and the advice and treatment the registered or student clinical member has provided.
1.8 Provide comprehensive clear and balanced information to allow patients to make informed choices.The Patient/Practitioner Relationship – Provision of Information
2.1 To ensure that the patient is always able to make informed choices with regard to their healthcare, registered and student clinical members must give full and clear information about their services when commencing homeopathic treatment. This will include written information about the nature of the treatment, charges, availability for advice, confidentiality and security of records.2.11 Records and record keeping
The homeopath must record the patient’s name, address, date of birth and telephone number, and the contact details of their GP on their record. If the patient is not registered with a GP this should be recorded.All case notes, whether a result of electronic, telephonic or face-to-face consultations must be clear, legible, current, kept up to date and contain all the relevant information relating to the progress of the case, for example, treatment and any advice that has been given, whether the patient’s condition has improved, been maintained or deteriorated since they were last seen. This is important for patient care and essential should the registered or student clinical member at any time be involved in complaints or legal proceedings. All notes should be contemporaneous or completed promptly after a consultation (generally on the same day).The notes should be kept for a minimum of eight years after the last consultation and, in the case of children, until their twenty-fifth birthday. [current NHS guidance]Confidentiality and Disclosure
2.14 Confidentiality must be maintained at all times except where the practitioner is compelled by an order of court or other legal authority. Only the information required under the order should be released.It is necessary in the public interest. In such circumstances the duty to society overrides duty to the patient. This will usually happen when a patient puts themselves or others at serious risk.Section 3 – Professional obligations
Competence and Continuing Professional Development
3.18 Evidence of continuing professional development will be taken into account when hearing allegations regarding a registered or student clinical members’ professional conduct or competence.The following was also compromised – (NOS) Performance Criteria in CNH2, CNH15, CNH16 and CNH19 as well as Knowledge and Understanding in CNH15 and CNH19.The Panel recommended a conditions of practice order. The recommendations of the Panel were ratified by the Board of Directors on 20th September 2012.Ms Jetvic later resigned from the Society of Homeopaths and is no longer a member.