I am very pleased to tell you that the Society of Homeopath’s register has now been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), under its Accredited Registers (AR) programme. Accreditation means that the Society’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard setting, education and training, management, complaints and information provided to the public. I am proud to be registered with the Society, I always have been, but now that feeling is enhanced.
Accreditation doesn’t mean that the Authority has endorsed homeopathy, people will still need to consider the information provided about homeopathy and decide if it is suitable for them, as accreditation does not imply that the Authority had endorsed the efficacy of a treatment or the way a therapy is practised. However, the good news for the public and for Society registered homeopaths is that accreditation offers members of the public enhanced protection, as they now have the option of seeking homeopathic treatment from a practitioner on a register that has been vetted and approved by an independent body, accountable to the UK parliament. This is a great step forward for us and for our patients and an early Christmas present for me!