Code of Practice

    1. Healers shall have respect for the religious, spiritual, political and social views of any individual irrespective of race, colour, creed or sex.

    2. Healers shall at all times conduct themselves in an honourable and courteous manner and with due diligence in their relations with their patients and the public. They should seek a good relationship and shall work in a co-operative manner with other healthcare professionals, whether they perform from an allopathic or alternative/complementary base.

    3. The relationship between a healer and the patient is that of a professional. The patient places trust in a healer's care, skill and integrity and it is the healer's duty to act with due diligence at all times and not to abuse this trust in anyway.

    4. Proper moral conduct must always be paramount in healers' relations with patients. They must act with courtesy, respect, dignity, discretion and tact. Their attitude must be competent, sympathetic, hopeful and positive, thus encouraging an uplift in the patient's mental outlook and belief in a progression towards good health practices.

    5. Healers visiting hospitals must comply with the guidelines laid down by the British Complementary Medicine Association.

    6. Healers must never claim to "cure". Possible therapeutic benefits may be described, recovery must never be guaranteed.

    7. Healers should ensure at all times that they themselves are medically, physically and psychologically fit to practise.

    8. Discretion must be used for the protection of the healer when carrying out treatment with patients who are mentally unstable, addicted to drugs/alcohol, severely depressed, suicidal or hallucinating. A healer must not treat a patient in any case which exceeds their capacity, training and competence. They must seek referral, where appropriate, to a qualified medical practitioner.

    9. Where a patient is delegated to a healer by a Registered Medical Practitioner, the G.P. remains clinically accountable for the patient and for the care offered by the healer.

    10. Healers must ask patients what medical advice they have received and be advised to see a doctor should they not have done so. In the case of Notifiable Diseases*, the healer must insist the patient see a doctor and must not permit them to come in contact with other people. This advice needs to be recorded for the healer's protection.

    11. Healers must not countermand instructions or prescriptions given to a patient by a doctor, nor advise on any particular course of medical treatment.

    12. Healers must never give a medical diagnosis to a patient in any circumstances. This is the responsibility of a Registered Medical Practitioner. Any "intuitive" feelings of dysfunction in the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of the patient may be mentioned with the advice that the patient sees a doctor for a medical diagnosis. Such advice must be recorded.

    13. Healers must not use titles or descriptions unless they possess them and must make it clear that they are not doctors and do not have their knowledge or skills.

    14. Healers are forbidden to diagnose, perform tests or treat animals in any way or give advice following diagnosis by a registered veterinary surgeon or to countermand their instructions. However: (a) The Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons recognises as ethically acceptable healing within the terms and spirit of this Code of Practice. This includes the complementary treatment of animals by contact healing, by the laying on of hands and distant healing by thought transference or prayer in strict accordance with the provisions and spirit of this code. (b) Before treating an animal the healer must seek assurance from the owner that the animal has been or will be examined by a veterinary surgeon. The veterinary surgeon remains in charge of the case and the healer shall not countermand any instructions or medicines given by the veterinary surgeon. (c) The administration of first aid in an emergency for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible.

    15. Healers must comply with the following or else be possibly guilty of a breach of the Law which could result in their prosecution: Healers must not give or offer forms of treatment or therapy in association with healing unless they are qualified, and insured to do so and without having first made it clear to the patient and obtained their permission. Patients suffering from AIDS may be treated at the discretion of the healer.

    16. Healing should only be given by prayer and the laying on of hands.

    17. Healing is not yet regarded as "medical aid" under the law and it is a criminal offence for a parent or guardian not to seek "medical aid"for a child under the age of sixteen. The healer must advise the parent or guardian to seek "medical aid". The healer should secure a signed statement from a parent or guardian BEFORE treating or continuing to treat the child where it is possible that they may not be receiving medical attention for that child as defined under the law. The form of words used in conjunction with their signature may be in the form of "..... has warned me that, under the law, I should consult a doctor concerning the health of my child" or words of a similar meaning. Healers run the risk of legal proceedings if they treat an under age child without the parent or guardian's consent.

    18. Advertising must be dignified in tone and not contain testimonials or claim a cure or mention any disease.

    19. Before treatment healers must explain fully all procedures involved with the treatment.

    20. Healers should not be judgmental and should recognise the patient's right to refuse treatment or ignore advice. It is the patient's prerogative to make their own choices with regard to their health, lifestyle and finances.

    21. Healers must keep clear and comprehensive records of treatments.

    22. Healers, their assistants and receptionists have an explicit duty to keep attendances, all information, records and views formed about patients entirely confidential. No disclosure may be made to any third party, including any member of the patient's own family, without the patient's consent unless it is required by process of the law, whether that be by Statute, statutory instrument, order of any court of competent jurisdiction or howsoever otherwise.

    23. Healers must ensure that they comply with the Data Protection Act 24. No third party, including assistants and members of the patient's family, may be present during the course of a consultation with an adult without the patient's consent.

    25. All members of the UHG: (a) Are covered by insurance to the level required by UK Healers. (b) Agree to comply with the reasonable directives of the Governing Body for the orderly and effective functioning of the Group. (c) Shall not accept any personal reward for services rendered within the Group. (d) Shall be accompanied by a chaperone, usually a second healer, when required. (e) Shall not require the removal of any clothing. (f) Shall not, without the prior approval of the Governing Body, make any statements to the public purporting to be from the Group. GUIDANCE FOR HEALERS VISITING HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE TREATMENTS (a) The hospital is responsible for the patient. (b) Healers may only treat patients in hospital with permission from the hospital authority including the ward sister. (c) Healers should not wear clothing (e.g. white coats) which give the impression that they are hospital staff members. (d) Where permission is given to provide treatment on the ward, this must be carried out without fuss or interruption to other patients and ward staff. (e) If other patients request treatment, the permission of the ward sister, nursing officer and doctor (if relevant) must first be obtained. (f) Healers must never undermine the patient's faith in hospital treatment or regime. (g) Where credentials are requested, healers must produce their UHG current membership card or other proof of membership and permission to visit. ADDITIONAL PRINCIPLES (a) Healers must never offer a clairvoyant reading during a healing session. (b) Healers should only heal in a conscious state of attunement. Trance conditions are neither recognised in law nor covered by their insurance. (c) Healers sometimes say and do certain things while giving treatment because they are "impressed" to do so. Reason and common sense should always be applied to such impressions. (d) Healing must be given only in response to an invitation from the patient or their representative. (e) To avoid offending some patients healers must not raise the question of their religious beliefs unless this is invited by the patient. (f) When a healer is giving healing privately to a person of the opposite sex it is advisable for the healer to request the presence of a third party whose bona fides the healer and the patient can accept. (g) Regarding pregnant women, the Midwife is in charge of a pregnancy from conception through to post natal care. Healers may therefore only give a pregnant woman healing with the consent of the Midwife, although a Healer may be part of the care team if the Midwife consents. It is recommended therefore that healers should give distant healing if requested to do so by a pregnant women and not contact healing. *Notifiable Diseases include the following: Acute Encephalitis, Acute Meningitis, Anthrax, Acute Poliomyelitis, Cholera, Diphtheria, Dysentery, Food Poisoning, Leprosy, Infective Jaundice, Malaria, Leptospirosis, Measles, Ophthalmia Neopatorum, Paratyphoid Fever, Plague, Relapsing Fever, Scarlet Fever, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Typhus, Whooping Cough, Yellow Fever.