The Society of Homeopaths – regulatory body and membership organisation
The Society of Homeopaths celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2013. It is the largest organisation registering homeopaths in Europe. In both its roles, as regulator and membership organisation, it is concerned with safeguarding the interests of the patient.
As a regulator, it monitors and assesses both the educational standards of course providers and the individual standards of practitioners through its education, registration and professional conduct departments.
As a membership organisation, it offers CPD events designed to improve practitioners’ clinical effectiveness over and above the levels achieved through their college education and to help them establish thriving practices. The Society also represents members in the public arena and raises awareness of homeopathy through media and PR work, supporting research, and providing professional conduct advice to patients and the public.
The purpose of the Society’s registration programme therefore remains two-fold: firstly maintaining professional standards and secondly providing individual support for practitioners seeking to establish and develop their practice.
While the Society remains a registering body, its registration programme continues to contain a regulatory element. Newly Registered Members enter into a registration agreement and commit themselves to abiding by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice, working within the National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy and with the Society’s Core Criteria for Homeopathic Practice and participating in the Society’s CPD programme for Newly Registered Members.
The homeopathy profession does not have an established career pathway of the kind that many other professions can offer their newly qualified practitioners. As a membership organisation, the Society has therefore designed its registration process to support its members in developing their homeopathic practice in this particularly challenging environment.