Faculty of Homeopathy
The Faculty of Homeopathy, founded in 1844 and incorporated by act of parliament in 1950, is a membership body for statutorily regulated doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, podiatrists, osteopaths, chiropractors and vets who incorporate homeopathy into their day to day professional practice. We have over 1,100 members worldwide though the majority are in the UK.
Our doctors work privately, on the NHS, or they may work at one of the homeopathic hospitals in the UK in Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and London. There are also five NHS homeopathy clinics in Scotland and a new clinic in Norwich which is charitably funded. Some of our nurses may work in the NHS but the majority of other professionals in the Faculty practice privately. Homeopathy is suitable for animals as well as humans, so you could consider taking your pets to a homeopathic vet.
Members with the LFHom and above are subject to reaccreditation every five years by the Faculty of Homeopathy and have to retain membership of their statutory body e.g. the General Medical Council (GMC) for doctors. This means that our members are expected to retain a high standard of skills and knowledge to practice, keep up to date with new methods and always have to follow the code of conduct outlined by their statutory body.
LFHom stands for Licenced Associate member of the Faculty of Homeopathy. These members have a basic understanding of homeopathy and have undertaken an introductory course. Doctors with the LFHom can treat patients in their own GP practice for acute or minor conditions; however they cannot treat more complex cases and should refer these cases to a more experienced colleague.
MFHom stands for Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Members with this qualification are fully qualified in homeopathy and can treat patients with chronic and complex conditions independently (without supervision). A practitioner with the letters FFHom after their name, which stands for Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, has the same level of qualification but they have been nominated for fellowship for services to education, research and advancement of homeopathy and will naturally be more experienced.
If you are looking for a homeopathic practitioner you need to look for someone with the MFHom or FFHom qualification as these practitioners are fully qualified and highly experienced. The most experienced pharmacists and podiatrists may have DFHom after their name instead of MFHom which stands for Diplomate of the Faculty of Homeopathy.
Find a practitioner:
To find a homeopathic doctor or other professional such as dentist or vet visit our sister organisation the British Homeopathic Association's (BHA) website: http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/getting_treatment/find_practitioner/. You can search by postcode, town/city, country, profession, and postcode and profession combined to find a practitioner that is right for you.
If you want to change GP's to a GP who has a qualification in homeopathy then you need to look for a doctor that has the GP code in the “codes” section underneath their address and telephone details. Doctors with the P code treat patients privately, whereas the I code means that doctor sees patients under insurance schemes such as Bupa and the R code means that doctor takes NHS referrals. To get a referral on the NHS you would need to see your GP and ask for a referral to the hospital or doctor where you would like to get treatment - you should be able to do this through “Choose and Book” where patients can choose where they go for treatment for their condition. It is the same as asking for a referral for any other type of treatment e.g. if you wanted counselling or allergy testing.
Some people may have a problem in obtaining an NHS referral for homeopathy due to lack of funding for example. In these instances please contact the British Homeopathic Association on 01582 408675 for advice or visit their website: http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/getting_treatment/homeopathy_in_the_nhs/
Contact for enquiries:
Faculty of Homeopathy
29 Park Street West
Tel: 01582 408680
Fax: 01582 723032
BHA website: www.britishhomeopathic.org
If you would like a free information pack about homeopathy please contact the BHA at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01582 408675.
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