The Homeopathy Course Providers Forum – Quality Assurance Validation Scheme
The Quality Assurance Validation Scheme (QAVS) is run by the Homeopathy Course Providers Forum (HCPF). It follows guidelines contained within the Accreditation Handbook, a document developed and agreed by representatives from the professional bodies, the course providers, independent educationalists and patient representatives, over a period of six years.
Based on this handbook, the purpose of the QAVS is to create a process through which the quality of homeopathy education can be evaluated against agreed criteria. Each criterion contributes to the overall assessment of whether a course will produce graduates of sufficient competence to practise as independent professional homeopaths. The competencies which are assessed are expected to meet or exceed the requirements of the UK National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy.
Course providers who wish to be validated under this scheme need to satisfy the HCPF Quality Assurance panel that their course meets the standards defined in the criteria. Applications for validation are reviewed by the panel, who are members of the HCPF. Once validated, the course provider is required to submit an annual review, and will be subject to a peer-review every three years to ensure maintenance of standards and ongoing development.
All participants in the QAVS are encouraged to follow a developmental and self-reflective approach to working. The process seeks to enable all course providers to develop their own understanding of, and skills in, supportive course evaluation, resulting in positive and creative professional growth.
Courses currently validated under this scheme: