Our Clinic

Our Homeopathy college prides itself on running a busy teaching clinic. It provides treatment for those who cannot afford to see a homeopath privately and provides students with a high standard of practical training.


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Patients may attend through their own volition or be referred by GPs. There is no charge for the patients and Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy provides the medications free of charge.The experience the clinic provides for our students is exciting and stimulating and as a well-constructed bridge between the world of theory and the world of practice supports students so that they can feel confident,competent and safe to practise once they leave the college.Patients may attend through their own volition or be referred by GPs. There is no charge for the patients and Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy provides the medications free of charge.The experience the clinic provides for our students is exciting and stimulating and as a well-constructed bridge between the world of theory and the world of practice  supports students so that they can feel confident, competent and safe to practise once they leave the college.

 

Dion Tabrett is one of the clinicians involved in supervising the students who are working in the active clinic. He describes the benefits.

“The thing I love about running the teaching clinic is that unlike private practice where you see the patients generally get better and better,I also see the students get better and better. It’s great to see their confidence grow from that early stage where they feel “Iím not sure I can do this”,to the last few months where they see that they must be able to,because the patient is getting better. The clinic is the supreme test for myself and students alike. Whatever you think you have observed,however clever you are in analysing the case,there is the acid test of the patient recovering or not. Fortunately to date we have done very well”.

Final year students are expected to have at least 100 hours clinical experience and the college clinic covers from 65-75 of these. Students take and are responsible for management of their cases.

The Clinic Staff
A Tutor who is responsible for aiding students in repertory work.
A Clinical Manager who is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic and assists with case analysis.
A Clinic Supervisor,who is responsible for developing student case taking skills,analysis of cases and prescribing.

Cases are video relayed to the group from the consultation room,on average,students will observe and be actively involved in treating 8-10 patients a day.The college has a video library so that those students in earlier years may observe ‘live’cases.

Supervision
Besides the 65-75 hours provided by the college clinic students are encouraged to sit in with practitioners,who are approved by but not necessarily directly connected to the college,for their remaining hours. This means that students experienceother possible approaches to homeopathic prescribing.

In their final year,students have to submit 10 cases that they themselves have taken. Some of these may be taken from the teaching clinic. Other cases must be taken outside of the college and these are monitored by outside supervisors. Insurance must be taken out and is available through the main registering bodies.

Jacki Becker is overall co-ordinator and is available for advice and liaison with student supervisors. She moderates cases and acts as a student supervisor in her own right. She says:
‘I love the atmosphere at the college especially the range of ages and experience of the students and the amazing skills they bring with them. In supervision we manage to discuss all the problems of the human soul and then end up coming back to treating the patient’s swollen toe or their allergy to pears!’

Tutorials
Graduating students need to develop communication and teaching skills and are linked up with students from earlier years. Both tutors and students are expected to communicate throughout the month.
The student’s journal allows for uncertainties and critical issues to be highlighted and raised as issues for discussion and support. All students record their own personal experience of the course,the subjects covered and to keep a record of their personal development