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Faculty statement on expansion of membership eligibility criteria
London, United Kingdom, 17th December 2018
The Faculty of Homeopathy was founded in 1844. In 1950 it was incorporated by Act of UK Parliament. Now in 2018, the Faculty is extending its global influence by offering a range of exciting new membership options.
The Faculty of Homeopathy is the preeminent global association for healthcare professionals who are trained to use homeopathy alongside conventional medicine. To date the majority of the Faculty’s members have been doctors practicing in the United Kingdom or European Union plus international members from India, Japan and Australasia. Today the Faculty moves to embrace further its international mission as it moves into its 175th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.
The Faculty is now pleased to be able to accept membership applications from medical, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary and other medical professionals eligible for statutory registration in their own jurisdictions, who have completed a course of homeopathic study. This makes the Faculty a supportive home for BHMS / DHMS colleagues plus those practicing in fields such as naturopathy, functional medicine, environmental medicine, integrated medicine and the range of complementary therapies.
Faculty Membership Convener Dr Patricia Ridsdale said: “There are many parts of the world where homeopathy is embedded and growing. Supporting healthcare professionals globally is the key reason the Faculty has moved to adjust its joining criteria and developed a waiting list of potential members. The Faculty’s international standing is both a benefit and a leadership responsibility. We are looking to unite and support our colleagues.”
Faculty Chief Executive Greg White commented: “The tributes I have received from our international friends in recent weeks, following the tragic passing of Faculty President Dr Peter Fisher, speaks volumes about the high standing he was held in across the spectrum of complementary medicine. We all know Peter was nothing if not a staunch internationalist and therefore it is at the international level we must look to shape his legacy and the Faculty’s future.
He added: ‘Peter was active in debate about membership eligibility throughout his time in office. He was a staunch supporter of growing our membership by the inclusion of healthcare and veterinary professionals eligible for statutory registration in the jurisdictions / legislatures of their practice, who have completed a course of homeopathic study. Growing our worldwide community is essential if homeopathy is to continue to thrive.’”
Footnote  Doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and midwives, veterinarians, osteopaths, chiropractors, opticians and podiatrists, plus professions regulated by the UK Health and Care Professions Council https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/section-29/section-29-general/which-professions-are-regulated.pdf?sfvrsn=a8057e20_4
Reasons to join the Faculty of Homeopathy
Founded in 1844 and incorporated by Parliament in 1950 the Faculty of Homeopathy supports medical professionals with their homeopathic practice. We are the only homeopathic organisation to be recognised by professional bodies such as the General Medical Council (GMC) and we have nine accredited teaching centres, including four overseas. This stamp of approval provides the general public with the guarantee that our members are fully qualified, medical professionals.
Faculty membership and courses are open to healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and dentists and vets. Courses are mainly part time and can be done flexibly at your own pace.
In addition to training, conferences and practical support membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy also includes:
• CPD opportunities
• Regular seminars and conferences
• Support and guidance to undertake research
• Patient information leaflets for your practice
• Membership to the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)
• Access to peer-reviewed journal ‘Homeopathy’ (PubMed), Impact Factor = 1.524 (1.16 2016)
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