Holism & Holistic Healthcare
Understanding Health
The Holistic Practitioner
The Holistic Consultation
Holistic Healthcare in Practice
Course Completion

Introduction to the course


Thank you for joining our course. This course was designed by holistic practitioners across the healthcare fields and aims to provide a wide variety of learning opportunities. We do hope you enjoy it and are inspired to continue your explorations into holistic practice.

Our intention is, that where possible, content is evidence based, however evidence evolves. So if you see anything that you believe to be false please inform us and we will look into it.

Course Structure

The course is divided into five sections as outlined on the main page. The sections are further subdivided into modules, which may also be broken down into topics & quizzes. You will need to mark all topics complete and take the quiz before you can mark the module complete. This may involve going back to the module. There is a course certificate which automatically becomes available only once all modules are marked complete. Your certificate will autofill with your name and date of course completion.

Aims & Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Some overall aims for the course are found on the course page. Aims are the overall goals or purposes of a piece of learning, from our point of view.


  • Each section further outlines aims for that section.


  • Each module outlines some ILOs.

Intended Learning Outcomes are learner focussed and should be demonstrable on completion of the module. However as this course is not assessed by us, it is for you to ensure you fulfil your identified learning needs.

Quizzes & Reflection

We believe that taking time to reflect on your own current views and knowledge, along with the material presented in this course, will help you get the most out of your learning. We have provided prompts for you to reflect along with a few simple quizzes. We hope you find this useful. We expect that you will be keeping notes on this course to aid your learning. We provide a ‘Give & Take’ Evaluation Form for your reflections and feedback which you can share with us on completion of the course.

*Quizzes – are for your information only. Though the system marks them they are not being used for assessment purposes.*

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Continuing, or continuous, professional development (CPD), can be broadly defined as any type of learning you undertake which increases your knowledge, understanding and experiences of a subject area or role. CPD is an ongoing and planned learning and development process.

Most healthcare practitioners will be familiar with the concepts and necessity for CPD, certainly it is a requirement for those practicing in the NHS and for registration with most (perhaps all) professional bodies. It may be the reason you are here on this course. Let’s take a quick look at some principles.

Principles of continuing professional development (GMC)

  • Responsibility for personal learning: You are responsible for identifying your CPD needs, planning how those needs should be addressed and undertaking CPD that will support your professional development and practice.
  • Refection: Good Medical Practice requires you to refect regularly on your standards of medical practice.
  • Scope of practice: You must remain competent and up to date in all areas of your practice.
  • Individual and team learning: Your CPD activities should aim to maintain and improve the standards of your own practice and also those of any teams in which you work.
  • Identification of needs: Your CPD activities should be shaped by assessments of both your professional needs and the needs of the service and the people who use it.
  • Outcomes: You must reflect on what you have learnt through your CPD and record any impact (or expected future impact) on your performance and practice.


Carl Sagan 

Important Information for Health Coaches

As a health coach, your scope of practice and how you work with clients is likely to differ from other healthcare professionals and health and medical practitioners completing this course. 

Rather than being a holistic medicine expert advising clients on what they can do to improve their health, health coaches facilitate and empower the client to develop and achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness through self-management strategies and behaviour change. See the UKIHCA website for more information about the health coach scope of practice.

Please ensure that all information learnt through this training is incorporated into your work within your defined scope of practice.

There are some elements of this course which will be helpful for you in terms of understanding how holistic medicine practitioners work with clients but will not be directly applicable to you as a health coach. These elements include, in particular:

The Holistic Consultation Module topics:

If you have any technical queries, please contact us via admin@bhma.org. Scope of practice queries we will need to be directed back to UKIHCA.


Please download this form to aid self-evaluation and to provide us with feedback. It can be uploaded at the end of the course. It will not be assessed except for those wishing to join our practitioner list.


Thanks go to Roger of Reviewing.co.uk for the format of our form.

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