You may have recently completed your homeopathic course or are about to soon and be wondering which professional body to register with. Alternatively, you may have been in practice for some time and have now decided that the time is right for you to seek registration with The Society.
A register is for patients
Look at it from a patient’s point of view:
- You are interested in trying homeopathy but don’t know where to start
- You know little or nothing about homeopathy and you don’t know what is involved in training and qualifying as a homeopath
- You have heard and read a range of conflicting views regarding homeopathic treatment on TV, in newspapers, from your doctor or from friends
- You are stepping into something that is unfamiliar and uncertain
- It may involve a direct, personal financial commitment – something you don’t encounter with the NHS
- It will involve talking to a complete stranger about your health and possibly about more personal aspects of your life
- You’re already feeling quite vulnerable, anxious or concerned about your symptoms
“Patients are entitled to rely upon and trust their healthcare practitioners. Registered and student clinical members are expected to maintain high standards of care, competence and conduct.”
The Society of Homeopaths’ Code of Ethics & Practice, Introduction
A register is what patients want
It is sound business practice to tailor your services to the patient. Above all, when it comes to dealing with their health, patients need to feel safe. They need to know that they are working with someone who is:
Working with the patient’s perspective is at the heart of homeopathic practice. Hahnemann chose to put the patient first in paragraph 1 of the Organon:
“The homeopath’s highest and only calling is to make sick people healthy, to heal, as it is termed.”
The process of registration involves an agreement or contract between you, the practitioner, and the registering body to deliver a quality of service to patients.
What is truly in the interests of the patient will automatically be in the interests of the practitioner. Our registration processes are designed to support new practitioners to support themselves in practice so that, in turn, they can support their patients effectively and responsibly.