So the date that many therapists are waiting for is Monday 12th April (subject to external factors) when shops, hairdressers and close contact services can resume which of course does include non essential and maintenance massage therapy treatments.
Whilst this marks another resumption of working practice, it is not a going back to the old previous normal of 2019! We are just returning to the status prior to the last lockdown. As such the clinical justifications for face to face treatment will no longer be required but there will still be the need to have full PPE and likewise you will still need to have your sterilisation/cleaning regime, patient health status checks and of course excellent record keeping. For any domiciliary treatments there will again be the requirement to fulfil an individual ‘risk assessment’ of the premises being visited and documented accordingly.
There will be an updated Resource Document from the GCMT coming very shortly with new documentation allowing you to record patients Covid related history with regards to testing and vaccines etc. There will also be some basic questions answered for therapists now we are at this stage of lockdown reduction. Please always consider that the documents coming from GCMT are guidelines only, you are able to utilise them or adapt them for your own practice to suit or indeed just take any extra details you think are missing or useful for you and your own situation. They are not hard and fast ‘rules’.
Please maintain the excellent standards I know exist within the LCSP Register, you all adapted quickly and appropriately a year ago to the situation and when able to continue to work have been seen to be consummate professionals in attitude and service. You are all a credit to your profession.
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