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UPDATE: 27 January 2021
Information last updated 27 January 2021.
Find out about the latest government announcements on returining to work/working during the coronavirus pandemic:
England went into a national lockdown at midnight on 4 January. The Government has published relevant guidance on the lockdown requirements. Under the section ‘Businesses and venues which can remain open’ it states: “The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.”
The businesses that can remain open include “dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.” Under the legal advice we obtained during the November 2020 national lockdown in England (and reconfirmed by our legal advisers in January), CNHC Registrants in England meet the definition of “other…health services, including services relating to mental health” contained in Section 17(o), Schedule 3A of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. The amended legislation on which Parliament voted on 6 January made no changes to that section of the Regulations.
This means, as a CNHC Registrant, you can continue to practise in England during the current restrictions if you meet the criteria set out below:
In order to stay within the remit of providing “other…health services, including services relating to mental health”:
- You must only provide the therapies you are registered for, on a one-to-one basis to clients, for an identified mental or physical health condition or injury that is causing them severe pain or having an adverse impact on their mobility or their quality of life.
- You must engage in Evidence Based Practice and, in compliance with Section D1 of the CNHC Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance, “you must recognise and work within the limits of your own knowledge, skills and competence”.
- You must be able to evidence that your therapeutic intervention is supporting your client with their condition. You must do this by recording their health condition and giving a clear rationale in your client’s care record for the treatment that you are providing.
- You cannot provide treatment to a client in their own home unless you have received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional.
- If your practice is based in your own home you can continue to work from there as long as it is COVID-secure. You can find our advice on following government guidance on working safely here.
N.B. On the CNHC Register it is only hypnotherapists who are trained to support mental health conditions.
We cannot stress enough the severity of the situation we are now in, with a surge in infection rates of the highly transmissible new variant of COVID-19 placing increasing pressure on the NHS. You must exercise the utmost caution and exercise your professional judgement in assessing the risks. You must carry out and record a risk assessment on whether the tangible benefits of seeing a client in person outweighs the risks. Practise remotely where you can and follow our advice on following government guidance on working safely which you can find here.
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Following advice & guidelines given by HM Government & the NHS regarding the
CORONAVIRUS. Should you have travelled to affected areas or believe that you have been in contact with the COVID-19 virus, please cancel your appointment with us, seek help, stay safe and focus on getting better. We will happily reschedule your appointment and waiver our 48hr cancellation notice period.
Best in health & wellness,
The KNEAD ME Team.
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