Updates from the AMH council to practitioners

04 November 2020

Please note that new regulations relating to Coronavirus restrictions are due to come into effect in England on 5 November.  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.

To summarise:

  1. Where possible, from 5 November you should carry out consultations remotely.  There is guidance on our website on managing remote consultations.
  2. If it is necessary, you are permitted to carry out face-to-face consultations for medical or health reasons.
  3. If you do see clients face-to-face, you should follow the guidance on working safely.  There are links to relevant guidance on the Coronavirus section of our website.
  4. You should also follow the guidance concerning track and trace.  There is information on this on our website.
  5. You can no longer offer massage as part of your service from 5 November during the period of the lockdown.

You can view the guidance and legislation here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=member_update_new_lockdown_restrictions_website_maintenance&utm_term=2020-11-03

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/pdfs/uksi_20201200_en.pdf

Email Updates

04 November 2020

28 September 2020

02 June 2020

23 May 2020

24 March 2020

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.

CPD Requirements

Due to the difficulties around coronavirus and the lockdown, future CPD submissions, for the time being, have been put on hold.

Insurance

Please check your insurance policy with Balens for any out of work allowances and any changes to your policy information here

Finance

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.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI46Tp7YOq6QIVYIBQBh07IwOwEAAYASAAEgJtQvD_BwE

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-by-law-to-record-contact-details

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

Department of Health and Social Care

COVID-19: guidance for health professionals
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals and other organisations 
Latest information and advice for the public

5 steps to working safely

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely

Getting in touch

If you have any queries please contact Shelley Day, general secretary via email: masterherbalists@gmail.com