When you enrol on one of our courses you will join a warm, supportive community of students, lecturers and practitioners working together to create health.
The North West College of Homeopathy was originally established in 1984 by Ernest Roberts. In 2008, the College became a social enterprise, a non-profit making organisation, with a leadership team of volunteers (the Board) and a shared accountability to all shareholders, which includes all our students. This model strongly influences our ethos and ethics.
The College teaching weekends are held at Belmont House in Stockport. Belmont House provides us with a friendly teaching environment within an attractive building, supported by good quality audio-visual facilities.
We aim to provide a professional education to produce professionally-qualified homoeopaths of the highest calibre and expertise who are skilled in all aspects of homeopathic practice according to clearly defined criteria (National Occupational Standards and Society of Homeopaths CORE criteria), able to take personal responsibility for their actions and who have the capacity for self-reflection and continuing personal and professional development.
We do this by being an organisation that aims to:
a) Provide an appropriate learning environment by:
- Being a financially stable organisation.
- Using staff who are appropriately qualified, experienced and willing to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Providing students with adequate learning resources, student support and welfare.
- Clearly defining our objectives and ensuring that they are attained.
- Striving to improve and develop the course by continuous self-reflection and critique in response to growing understanding and a changing healthcare environment.
- Providing clear criteria for admission, progression and graduation.
- Adopting a student centred approach, accepting students as peers and engaging in genuine consultation and dialogue with them.
- Providing an appeals procedure through which staff and students can seek review of decisions made.
- Keeping clear records of each students work, with formative and summative grades and comments, to which students have access on request.
- Undertaking regular internal evaluation and monitoring of performance through investigation by staff and students and ensuring that any issues raised are dealt with by appropriate action.
- Participating in an annual cycle of review by the Society of Homeopaths TRAC panel, on an aspect of the course delivery defined by the Society of Homeopaths Education Team.
- Undergoing Quinquennial Review by the Society of Homeopaths.
- Employing external examiners to ensure an objective viewpoint on the course and its assessment procedures.
- Providing clear criteria for assessment and methods on which assessment is made.
- Providing supervisors who have training in supervisory skills and in the assessment skills demanded of them by the college.
- Operating an equal opportunities policy.
Providing a course which:
- Enables the emerging practitioner to take personal responsibility for his actions and to be skilled in all aspects of homeopathic practice according to clearly defined criteria.
- Promotes a variety of learning methods.
- Encourages professional development by reflection, sharing experiences, research, support and supervision.
- Includes self evaluation to provide evidence of ability to meet criteria set down by the college, guided and monitored by peers, staff and college, to encourage a willingness to engage in self reflection in practice.
- Enables students to progress by a clearly defined route, by demonstrating evidence of competence of clearly visible criteria over a period of time.
- Provides an opportunity for clinical training with adequate insurance and effective supervision for each student.
- Meets recognised professional standards by ensuring that all relevant elements from the National Occupational Standards and Society of Homeopaths Core Criteria have been included.
- Gives students an understanding of the procedures and ethics of homoeopathic research (i.e. Provings) and an opportunity to participate in original research.