Shadowing a DoctorApril 29, 2015
Homeopathy comes under the category of complementary or alternative medicine or CAM. It is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ or in other words, substances that cause symptoms can also be used to get rid of the symptoms when used in minute amounts.
Job Profile of a Homeopath
Homeopaths treat people suffering from diverse medical ailments, physical problems and lifestyle issues ranging from fevers, headaches and chronic stomach problems to eczema, stress and arthritis.
While some patient may come for a homeopathic consultation directly, most patients are referred by a GP. A typical consult would include discussing the patient’s symptoms, getting a detailed history of the patient, choosing and preparing the appropriate homeopathic remedy, treating the client on a continuous basis and monitoring his or her progress. It is also essential for the homeopath to keep detailed notes and patient files.
Required Education and Training for Qualification
In order to become a qualified homeopath, it is necessary to complete a programme from one of the accredited professional organisations of homeopathy. Some of the courses offer a BSc Honours degree in Homeopathy or a diploma in Homeopathy. These courses typically take about three years of full-time study or four years part-time. Some programmes offer a combination of distance learning with part-time study.
If you are already qualified in some other field of healthcare such as nursing, midwifery or dentistry, it is possible to do a postgraduate course in homeopathy.
Once you have finished your education in this field, it is advisable to register yourself with a recognised body like the Society of Homeopaths, Faculty of Homeopathy or Homeopathic Medical Association. Every organisation has different rules for joining and for continued membership.
Job Potential in this Field
Most homeopaths choose to be self-employed. This means that they have the flexibility of setting up their practice in a convenient location and choosing their own work hours. This job is ideal for those who want to set their own timings and not be bound down by a 9 to 5 job.
Others could also work in a hospital or a therapy clinic. Most homeopaths work as visiting doctors and they go to the medical facilities two or three times a week. You could also choose to make home visits to patients and provide home consultations.
Average Salary of a Homeopath
As a self-employed professional, your income will depend on a number of factors such as the number of hours you work a week, the location of your clinic, the number of patients and your hourly rate. Even your marketing skills come into play when you are self employed.
On an average, most homeopaths charge between £40 and £100 for a session. Each session could last anywhere between half an hour to an entire hour. Depending on the amount of clients you could fit into one day and the number of people who come to you, you could often earn up to £30,000 a year.
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