Updates from the AMH council to practitioners
09 March 2021
The guidance set out in our 6th January email update (see below) is likely to remain in place for practitioners in England until 12th April, when close-contact services for non-medical reasons are provisionally scheduled to re-open. There has also been some further clarification on treatments to meet medical needs. Current guidance allows treatments for diagnosed health conditions or injury that are currently causing severe pain or mobility issues, or severely impacting quality of life, or for cosmetic treatments associated with cancer treatment. It does not extend to services provided for general stress relief, relaxation or preventative healthcare purposes.
These regulations provide that you should not leave the place where you are living without a reasonable excuse. There are a number of exceptions to this, including:
- where it is reasonably necessary for the purposes of work and it is not reasonably possible for you to provide those services from home
- to access medical or health services.
Businesses providing medical and health services are permitted to remain open. This does not include spas and massage parlours.
- Where possible you should carry out consultations remotely.
- If it is necessary, you are permitted to carry out face-to-face consultations for medical or health reasons. You should have a clear record of what those reasons are.
- If you do see clients face-to-face, you should follow the guidance on working safely.
- You should also follow the guidance concerning track and trace.
- You can no longer offer therapies purely for relaxation purposes, but if you carry out hands-on therapies for medical reasons, these may continue.
- For insurance information check Balens here https://www.balens.co.uk/news/further-lockdown-measures.aspx
You can view the guidance and legislation here:
There are some webinars to support practitioners which are posted on the AMH website. Replays are available by logging into the AMH website.
Undertaking Telephone or Video Consultations
We recommend following safe practices when undertaking telephone or video consultations. The AMH have produced a guidance document to help members conduct such consultations safely and effectively. A joint statement published by several healthcare regulators in November 2019 offers some good practice guidance on conducting remote consultations and on medical prescribing. Whilst the latter is not relevant the principles of prescribing are worth considering.
Registration Fees for 2020
Amendments to the registration fee for 2020 to offer a reduced rate has been implemented for full practitioner members.
Due to the difficulties around coronavirus and the lockdown, future CPD submissions, for the time being, have been put on hold.
Please check your insurance policy with Balens for any out of work allowances and any changes to your policy information here
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is providing small businesses with regular business updates here
You may be eligible for grants and business loans please check here
Government Guidance and Support Information
Government is regularly updating its information and guidance for professionals and the public. Recommend staying up to date following the links below.
Department of Health and Social Care
5 steps to working safely
Getting in touch
If you have any queries please contact Shelley Day, general secretary via email: firstname.lastname@example.org