We didn't get the news we wanted on Tuesday. The latest government guidance made it very clear that massage therapy isn't allowed to start up again on 4 July as we had hoped.
However, there are signs that government is listening to our profession. We are now listed as 'Sports and Massage Therapy' rather than under the insulting 'massage parlours' category, which is a step forwards.
We now have an opportunity to make our voices heard once more. I have developed this guidance for writing to your MP, asking to prioritise massage therapy for a return to work start date.
If enough of us do this, it can make a difference, and be assured that through the GCMT, MTI is doing all it can at government level to further our cause.
On behalf of the MTI board
We hope this letter finds you well and safe.
This update is relatively brief but focused on a resource pack that contains essential information when planning your return to work. Please note we are not in a position to return to work yet and await government advice as to when that may be possible.
Over the past month, we have been updating members via live and recorded feeds that hopefully have served to inform you of developments and advances in preparation for eventual return to work.
In this update, the focus is on preparation for returning to practice. It is noted and acknowledged that our sector has exercised resolve and patience in what can best be described as uncertain and difficult times. In listening to government advice the messages that are broadcast speak about a phased return to work, provided that individuals practise social distancing and wear appropriate PPE. This is dependent on a drop in the R number and a reduction in the spread of infection.
COVID19 has transformed lives and practices but also provided sufficient time for reflection on practice and consideration of best practice.
As we await the return to work many members have raised concern about resuming their work. The reasons are broad but centre around volume of changes necessary, additional costs and threat of legal action if procedures are not followed fully. As a PA, MTI is tasked with adequately and professionally informing and protecting its membership. To this end, and through the collaborative work of the GCMT, we have developed guidelines and a resource pack. The resource pack contains information to enable our members to extract key procedures and protocols in a user-friendly manner. Included in the pack is additional declarations, risk assessments, posters, signage and websites with supplier information.
Please use the resource pack when planning your return to work. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on further guidance for future updates to the pack.
I conclude by reminding us all, that our work will be needed as and when we are able to return to work. The physical touch combined with the mental health reassurance is essential in helping the nation come to terms with the reality of the new normal.
Once again, we hope you continue to stay connected, focused, strong and in touch as we prepare for the next stages.
On behalf of the MTI board.
Resource pack can be downloaded below:
This letter is written by MTI Chair Earle Abrahamson
We hope this letter finds you well and safe.
As promised in my previous communication, the board intends to provide updates to members on issues impacting practice, training, learning and continuing professional development.
The purpose of this communication is to build upon the guidance available, make it accessible, but moreover trigger questions around issues impacting our practice, mental health and safety. I do not intend to make this a lengthy document but rather one that provides some insight into different aspects of our planned work. Each component of the guidance cited below will be expanded in future updates.
In these unprecedented times it is difficult to predict what the future will hold in terms of returning to work. What we know is that government provides updates on reasonable action to ensure that we all stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives.
Knowing this is important but it does not alleviate the stress many of us find ourselves in with questions around loss of earnings, future sustainability, financial concerns and many more besides. As a Board we are working to ensure that members are supported through these difficult times. We have posted numerous social media articles, podcasts, webinars and support ideas to aid our journey through the pandemic. What we are unable to do is act against government advice. As chair of the MTI, GCMT, as well as a CNHC board member, Earle Abrahamson has tried to position himself to relay best advice by working collaboratively with healthcare organisations including Public Health England.
Both our Chair, Earle Abrahamson, and Director, Tim Bartlett, are stepping down from their roles as MTI Board members in April next year.
Closing date for applications isn't until 12th March 2021, but now is the time to start thinking about whether one of these positions could be for you. Are you interested or would someone you work with be perfect for the job? More information to follow soon.