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Introduction

The Society of Homeopaths is the largest organisation registering homeopaths in the UK. The Society was founded in 1978 to forward the development of the profession. Its aim is high quality homeopathic health care for all.
The Society fulfils this aim by:

  • Developing and maintaining high standards for the practice of homeopathy
  • Developing and maintaining for public use a Register of homeopaths who practise to the standards required by the Society, and abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice
  • Protecting the public’s freedom to have homeopathic treatment now and in the future
  • Promoting public awareness of homeopathy and encouraging its responsible use in the home
  • Promoting and supporting the establishment of education and training in homeopathy

Over the years the Society has grown to become the largest organisation registering homeopaths in the UK.

Membership

There are various levels of membership from new students through to full registered homeopaths. Our Registered Members (RSHom) complete rigorous training (normally three years full time or four years part time) with one of our recognised course providers, which includes supervised clinical practice. During their first year on the Register, they then engage in a programme of continuing professional development (CPD) and complete a CPD portfolio. For full details see the leaflet  ‘Registration with the Society’.

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Support and service for members

For all members

National office and departmental staff are available to answer queries from members and from the public. They provide management and administrative support for Society activities and are the first port of call for enquiries.

Support and services include:

  • The Homeopath, the Society’s quarterly Journal, contributes to current homeopathic knowledge and development, in the UK and internationally
  • A series of information leaflets for practitioners and patients
  • The Society electronic intranet FirstClass Mail offers the opportunity for members to share news, ideas, difficult cases etc
  • Education – The Education Steering group, comprising of staff, Board members, course provider and student representatives and external educational consultants makes policy and monitors the process of course provider recognition
  • Public Relations – The Society has a high PR profile, supported by an active Communications team
  • Support liaison for students through termly meetings with student representatives at recognised colleges, and a published list of homeopaths available as supervisors
  • Local groups, holding informal meetings to provide practitioner support and encourage students
  • An annual Spring Conference and AGM where guest speakers from around the world and members share their experience and ideas, and specialist seminars throughout the year
  • Establishment of and leading involvement in Homeopathy Awareness Week and the development of materials and contacts for these events
  • A Registration Programme, engaging in the creation of a Continuing Professional Development portfolio of reflective work, a helpful way of developing as mature and professional practitioners
  • A regional structure to enable all members to partake in the development of homeopathy and the profession
  • The Pharmacy group monitors legislation affecting the availability of homeopathic medicines and makes representations to government. It is regularly consulted by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

For practising members

  • A specialised and extensive professional and public liability insurance package.
  • Support and advice from Professional Conduct Department
  • Regional Continuing Professional Development groups and events
  • A research team provides support and guidelines for those pursuing research as well as developing its own research projects
  • Liaison with purchasers/providers in the NHS; a package of information for work with the NHS and training for such work
  • Regular contact and liaison with government and non government bodies concerned with health provision

For the public

It is essential that the public feel secure when consulting a homeopath. The Society publishes a Register of homeopaths with proven ability who have satisfied stringent registration criteria set out in the Society’s Registration Standards and Procedures. These practitioners have agreed to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice, and are subject to complaints and disciplinary procedures.

  • The Society web site www.homeopathy-soh.org provides a listing of Registered homeopaths in the UK, general information about homeopathy, copies of Society leaflets, and recent news
  • The Communications Department provides speakers and articles about homeopathy in the media, to inform the public about what is available
  • The Society liaises with the NHS, charitable organisations and other non government and government bodies to develop greater opportunities for the public to obtain homeopathic treatment
  • A Code of Ethics and Practice is published by the Society, to which all members adhere. A professional conduct department is available to help resolve any complaints or disputes which patients may bring, thus assuring their safety when receiving homeopathic treatment, and providing redress if things go wrong
  • All practising members are covered by mandatory professional and public liability insurance. This provides a safeguard for patients and practitioners alike

Structure of the Society

Society policy is agreed by its seven directors, elected by members, and in consultation with membership. Its operational work is accomplished by a staff team in liaison with Board Sub Committees.

Future developments

The Society was a founding member of:

  • Council of Organisations Registering Homeopaths (CORH)

The Society is an active founding member of:

  • The European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH)

Representatives of the Society participate in the work of:

  • The Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare

The Society is in liaison with national and regional organisations concerned with all aspects of health, such as The Department of Health, Private Medical Insurance Companies and The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Governance and companies

The Society is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors, who are all practising homeopaths and led by the Chair of the Board (currently Phil Edmonds). The Board is responsible for the overall governance of The Society whilst it delegates the day-to-day operation of the organisation to its staff team.

The Society of Homeopaths has two further companies in its group: HETRA Ltd and TradCo Ltd.

HETRA (The Homeopathic Education, Training & Research Agency) runs conferences, seminars, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and educational activities.

TradCo is The Society’s Trading Company, offering a wide range of affordable homeopathic and practice-support merchandise to homeopaths and the public alike.

The Society of Homeopaths Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered No. 01392004). It is also a not-for-profit organisation, which means that rather than having any shareholders expecting dividends, we reinvest any surplus straight back into the company to support our members.

 

For more information contact

Address The Society of Homeopaths,
11 Brookfield, Duncan Close, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6WL
Tel 01604 817890
Fax 01604 648848
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