The Society of Homeopaths is the UK’s largest group of registered professional homeopaths. We came together to promote the highest professional standards. Membership of the Society (shown by the letters RSHom) is your guarantee of a well-trained, registered and insured professional homeopath.
Our register of members has the stamp of approval from the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) The PSA is a Government agency that protects the public by overseeing the regulation and registration of healthcare professionals.
For our members we provide a wide range of services, including practice support, a quarterly journal, and legal helplines. We also work hard to raise public awareness of, and appreciation for homeopathy.
As well as maintaining our register of homeopaths, we promote high standards of training through a scheme for accrediting good quality training courses.
Each of our members has a story to tell – a story about illness, and a journey to health – a life-changing inspiration that led them to train as homeopathic practitioners.
For most, it was either their own ill health or that of a family member that led them to try homeopathic medicine, and eventually to train as a homeopath, often giving up other careers to do so.
Our members come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of professional backgrounds and experience, from nurses, solicitors, pharmacists and journalists to accountants and actors. What they share is a passion for homeopathy and a commitment to their patients’ health and wellbeing.
Before joining our register as qualified homeopaths, our members complete rigorous training (normally three years full time or four years part time) with one of our accredited course providers. On registering, they sign up to a stringent Code of Ethics and Practice, agree to practise in accordance with strict occupational standards and criteria and undertake an ongoing programme of continuing professional development.
How we work
We are a membership organisation governed by a board of directors, which consists of six homeopaths elected by members, together with three lay members, appointed for their expertise in specific areas
We have a fully staffed office, which provides management and administrative support for Society activities, and is the first port of call for enquiries from both members, and the public. We also have a team of consultants who offer specialist skills.
The Society was founded in 1978 by a small group of homeopaths who were keen to work together for the development of the profession and to ensure high standards in the practice of homeopathy. Today, the Society has 1,200 registered members across the UK.
Engagement with other organisations
We work with other interested organisations to help promote homeopathy and with official organisations to ensure that information about homeopathy is accurate and fairly represented.
The Society is an active founding member of the European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH), our representatives participate in the work of The Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare and we are in liaison with national and regional organisations concerned with all aspects of health, such as The Department of Health, private medical insurance companies and The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We are also involved in 4Homeopathy, a collaboration of 10 homeopathic organisations and charities, who work together to promote the benefits of homeopathy.
High standards are the cornerstone of the Society of Homeopaths. So we were delighted that our register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) in 2014.
Our members (RSHoms) can display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the PSA’s robust standards and giving extra peace of mind for anyone looking for a homeopath.
This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.
The process of accreditation with the PSA was voluntary and means that the Society has met the authority’s demanding standards in education and training, managing the members’ register, providing information, dealing with complaints, governance and setting standards.
The PSA is an independent organisation that is accountable to the UK parliament, set up to work with organisations that register and regulate people working in health and social care.
NOTE: Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the Society of Homeopaths.
The Society of Homeopaths Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered No. 01392004). It is also a not-for-profit organisation, which means that rather than having any shareholders expecting dividends, we reinvest any surplus straight back into the company to support our members and the profession.