The Faculty of Homeopathy was founded in 1844 and is the registering body for statutorily regulated healthcare professionals who integrate homeopathy into their practice.
It also delivers internationally recognised training in homeopathy for doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, vets and other healthcare professionals. Training courses are provided at our accredited teaching centres in the UK and overseas. Members state that homeopathy has increased their ability to care for their patients and broadened their knowledge of medicine and health.
The Faculty was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1950. The Act recognises the Faculty's role in regulating the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession. Amendments to the Byelaws and Regulations over the years have extended the Faculty's role to include other statutorily registered healthcare professionals.
In 2013, the General Medical Council recognised the Faculty as an official designated body for the revalidation of doctors.
The Faculty Act
The Faculty was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1950. The Act recognises the Faculty’s role in regulating the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession. Amendments to the Byelaws and Regulations over the years have extended the Faculty’s role to include other statutorily registered healthcare professionals.
The Faculty Council is the governing body of the Faculty. It is responsible for overseeing the Faculty’s plan, the policy making process and setting the annual budget.
President: Dr Helen Beaumont
Immediate Past-President: Dr Sara Eames
Vice President: Dr Elizabeth Thompson
Treasurer: Dr Gary Smyth
Medical Dean: Dr Julie Geraghty
Nursing Dean: Ms Patricia Donnachie
Veterinary Dean: Mr Peter Gregory
Podiatry Dean: Tariq Khan
Members’ Committee Convener: Dr Patricia Ridsdale
NHS Primary Care representative: Dr Andrew Sikorski
NHS Secondary Care representative: Dr Jacqueline Mardon
Communications Coordinator: Ms Lesley Peatfield
Independent Practice representative: Dr Jonathan Hardy
The work of the Faculty falls into three key areas – Academic, Promotion and Membership – and is led by three standing committees. Each committee has clear terms of reference and a convener who provides leadership and works closely with the professional staff at the Faculty Office. The work of each committee is contained in the Faculty’s strategic plan which is evaluated and revised as part of a regular annual timetable.
Academic Board and Board of Examiners
Responsible for the educational work of the Faculty including the development of the core curriculum, accreditation, curriculum development and oversight of continuing professional education. Membership of the Academic Board is by appointment and includes representatives from the Faculty-accredited teaching centres and the Deans. All are closely involved with homeopathic academic development across medicine, dentistry, veterinary surgery and pharmacy. The convener of the Academic Board is the Dean.
The Board of Examiners is a sub-committee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for examinations policy and for ensuring quality and consistency in Faculty exam assessment. Its membership consists of Deans and representatives from the Faculty’s panel of accredited examiners.
The Members’ Committee is the main link between the Faculty and the membership. It consists of 21 regional and professional group representatives.
The regional representatives are elected by members in each region. The professional group representatives represent professions other than medicine and are elected from amongst the Faculty membership of that particular profession. To qualify for professional group representation there must be a minimum of 30 Faculty associates and members from that profession.
The role is to provide briefings to members via their local groups and professional networks and to highlight the priorities of members at the Members’ Committee. The committee elects a convener who sits on Council to represent members’ views.
The Promotion Network consists of Faculty members who actively engage in promoting homeopathic medicine and/or the Faculty in the media, for example by writing articles and appearing on TV and radio programmes. Membership of the Promotion Network is open to all members who have skills and experience in this field and are willing to be called on occasionally to represent the Faculty in response to media requests for a spokesperson. The convener is appointed by, and is a member of, the Faculty Council.
Disciplinary and Professional Performance Committee
This committee deals with all disciplinary matters. If a complaint is made against a member it is forwarded confidentially to the Chair of the Committee who then investigates the complaint according to the Faculty’s Disciplinary, Capability and Complaints Policy and Procedure.