Adjudication Findings

The Society of Homeopaths aims to publish within seven working days of a decision the names of those members in respect of whom it has investigated allegations and found the allegations to be well founded. It will also publish alongside the finding both the section(s) of the Code of Ethics and Practice of which they were found to be in breach, and the steps (if any) taken by the Adjudication Panel in respect of the member so named.

Orders imposed by the Adjudication Panel have been made to:

  • Fulfil the Society’s role to protect members of the public
  • Maintain public confidence in the profession of homeopathy
  • Uphold the standards and conduct expected of Members

What the orders mean

Formal First Warning (F) – A member if given a formal warning which will remain on their file for a specified time agreed by the Panel.

Action Plan (A) – The member should agree upon an action plan to improve practice with the Professional Conduct Officer. Checks will ensure that the action plan is then followed.

Interim Suspension Order (I) – An allegation is serious enough for the member to be suspended pending an investigation and the outcome of the case.

Conditions of Practice (C) – conditions have been imposed on the member’s practice to enable him/her to take steps to remedy any deficiencies in their practice. Restrictions may be placed on the types of work that they may undertake. Conditions of practice judgements are sometimes imposed where there is evidence of incompetence or significant shortcomings in a member’s practice, but where the Committee is satisfied that there is potential for the member to respond positively to re-training and supervision.

Suspension (S) – the Panel has ordered that the member may not practise as a member of the Society of Homeopaths for a specified period of time. During this time he/she forgoes all rights and privileges of Society membership.

Expulsion (E) – this is the most severe sanction. The individual is no longer a member of the Society of Homeopaths.

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Adjudication Panel decisions

This section contains details of homeopaths who have recently been the subject of a decision by either the Preliminary Investigation Panel or the Adjudication Panel and the sanction imposed. The committee has the power to issue a formal first warning and create an action plan, impose conditions of practice, suspend the homeopath’s registration for a set period, or permanently remove the homeopath’s name from the Register.

Homeopath’s name Registration number Order/s Order/s
Misha Norland 4 E An Adjudication Panel was convened on 12th March, 2018 to hear a complaint that had been brought by a member of the public against Misha Norland RSHom.  The complaint was upheld and the Panel found that Mr Norland was in breach of the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following Sections:
Section 1 – Key Principles

1.1 – Put the individual needs of the patient first

1.2 – Respect the privacy and dignity of patients

1.5 – Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual patients and the public

1.8 – Comprehensively record any history the patient may give, and the advice and treatment the registered or student clinical member has provided

Section 2 – The Patient/Practitioner Relationship

Records and record keeping

11 – The homeopath must record the patient’s name, address, date of birth and telephone number, and the contact details of their GP on their record. If the patient is not registered with a GP this should be recorded.

All case notes, whether a result of electronic, telephonic or face-to-face consultations must be clear, legible, current, kept up to date and contain all the relevant information relating to the progress of the case, for example, treatment and any advice that has been given, whether the patient’s condition has improved, been maintained or deteriorated since they were last seen. This is important for patient care and essential should the registered or student clinical member at any time be involved in complaints or legal proceedings. All notes should be contemporaneous or completed promptly after a consultation (generally on the same day).

The notes should be kept for a minimum of seven years after the last consultation and, in the case of children, until their twenty-fifth birthday.

Section 3 – Professional Obligations

Professional boundaries

28 – A Homeopath should not abuse professional boundaries, whether sexual or otherwise.

It is never appropriate for a registered or student clinical member to pursue or enter into an intimate relationship with a patient, student or supervisee. Such a relationship undermines the relationship of trust. Registered and student clinical members should ensure that a professional relationship is maintained at all times.

Akkik Patel 2256  E An Adjudication Panel was convened on 29th June, 2017 to hear a complaint that had been brought by a member of the public against Akkik Patel RSHom.  The complaint was upheld and the Panel found that Ms Patel was in breach of the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following Sections:
Section 1 – Key principles for practice:

s1.5  – Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual patients and the public

s1.9  – Provide comprehensive clear balanced information to allow patients to make informed choices

s1.13  – Respond promptly and constructively to concerns, criticisms and complaints

Section 2 –  The patient/practitioner relationship

11 – The homeopath must record the patient’s name, address, date of birth and telephone number, and the contact details of their GP on their record. If the patient is not registered with a GP this should be recorded. All case notes, whether a result of electronic, telephonic or face-to-face consultations must be clear, legible, current, kept up to date and contain all the relevant information relating to the progress of the case, for example, treatment and any advice that has been given, whether the patient’s condition has improved, been maintained or deteriorated since they were last seen. This is important for patient care and essential should the registered or student clinical member at any time be involved in complaints or legal proceedings. All notes should be contemporaneous or completed promptly after a consultation (generally on the same day).  The notes should be kept for a minimum of seven years after the last consultation and, in the case of children, until their twenty-fifth birthday.

Section 3 – Professional obligations

19 – The patient has the right to know and the homeopathis obliged to offer, the name of any prescribed remedies.  Where a patient expressly requests not to know the name of the remedy the homeopath should record their wish in their notes.

Trevor Gunn G00140  E An Adjudication Panel was convened on 24th November 2014 to hear a complaint that had been brought by the Society of Homeopaths against Trevor Gunn RSHom. The complaint was partly upheld and the Panel found that Mr Gunn’s behaviour had breached the Code of Ethics and Practice in respect of the following Sections.
Section 1 – Key principles for practice:
s1.4 Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual patients and the public.
Section 6 – Practice Issues
Complaints:
s59 Where the conduct of any registered, or student clinical member may have an adverse impact on their reputation as a homeopath and or the reputation of homeopathy such matters may be brought to the attention of the Professional Conduct Committee for their consideration.The Panel recommended that Trevor Gunn’s interim suspension order should be lifted.  That as a condition of Mr Gunn’s continued membership of The Society he should;

  • receive a formal warning about his conduct. This warning to remain on file for three years. During this three year period, this conduct will be considered in the event of any future allegations or complaints relating to Mr. Gunn.
  • receive regular supervision from a supervisor approved by the Panel. He should commit to 12 sessions within an 18 month period. Mr. Gunn should reflect and address issues highlighted by this complaint within these sessions.

Mr Gunn should inform the chair of the Panel, of the name of the supervisor he intends to see by the end of January 2015. The supervisor should be selected from the list of supervisors approved by The Society.
Mr Gunn should submit a reflective piece at the end of this period, to the Chair of the panel, identifying the learning that has occurred. This should be submitted by May 2016.
The panel should also receive a report from the supervisor on how Mr Gunn has utilized the sessions by May 2016.

31/01/2015 Membership terminated for failing to comply with PC Panel decision.

 

 

 

 

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