COVID-19 LOCKDOWN UPDATE
5 November 2020
The past few days have been turbulent to say the least! We have been battling away trying to find a way forward for us to continue to work during this lockdown. However, with ambiguous content from the Government, differing opinions within the many Professional Associations, this had to come down to Members of NAMMT being safe in working only when legally allowed and supported.
Following on from our recommendation to cease working, we have continually looked and asked for more clarity in the legislation, the differing terms between close contact and now personal care/massage parlours. Public Health England could still ask for only certain levels of therapists to work, but as it stands right now, there is no legal reason why we cannot continue.
Later last night professional associations have managed to prove the CAM industry has a place in the category of Health Services and as such we should be able to continue, albeit under the Government guidelines that have been set out. Namely, you must only see a client who is in need of treatment due to pain or to continue an ongoing treatment from a previous appointment to resolve an issue. If you are mobile or working from your home, you will still not be able to return to work – you must be in a clinical setting. Furthermore, any prospective appointment must be made after speaking remotely to the client to ascertain the need of an essential appointment and to also make sure they themselves are not vulnerable and should be shielding. Note taking must be clear in the need of the appointment to take place as well as a full risk assessment being carried out.
This is a decision each member must make for themselves in deciding to work and also deciding who is classed as needing an essential appointment. Please make sure you are fully aware of the Government guidelines by going on their website.
This is an ever-changing situation and we must be prepared to accept closing again, further restrictions to be implemented or exclusion for some types of treatment sometime in the future. We will continue to closely monitor Government legislation, work with other PA’s and organisations to keep you as up to date as possible.