GCMT is not recommending any change to its guidelines for therapist working practices at present.
This is because Covid cases are currently rising and are likely to continue to rise when lockdown is lifted next week. This statement has all the details.
Note: this is for English therapists only, Scotland and Wales are developing their own guidelines which will be published shortly.
GCMT is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the new guidelines post 19 July, when the legal restrictions on social distancing end in England.
Scotland is reducing restrictions on 19 July, with all limits due to end on 9 August, and we are waiting on a review in Wales, to be published on 14 July.
When the GCMT guidelines can be published depends on when the new government rules for close contact working are issued.
Because of that, it may be after the 19th before the guidelines are ready. MTI members are advised to continue with the existing procedures until the new ones are ready.
After yesterday's government announcement about the removal of restrictions, the GCMT are in the process of producing new guidelines for post-19 July. More to follow soon....
Our NHS Staff Support Scheme is now available
Members and Schools have been provided with a pack of resources to help them raise funds in their local area and provide discount massage for NHS staff. This is our way of giving a little back to NHS staff for their dedication throughout the pandemic.
It's not only about discounted sessions - we've also provided a digital wellbeing booklet and webpage with instructional videos. Having a massage is great, but the little things we do everyday make such a difference, and these resources provide a wealth of short exercises to help ease physical and mental tensions on a daily basis. Your MTI therapist can provide tailored advice and support.
For MTI Members
A CNHC registrant, Natalie Heng, is carrying out a research study on "Perceptions of Evidence-Informed Practices among Massage Therapists in the UK". The research is being carried out as part of a BTEC Level 6 research project at the Jing Institute of Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage. Natalie is inviting massage therapists to take part in a survey.
The survey consists of tick-boxes and takes around 5 minutes to complete. It will ask you about fields of practice, training, years in practice; exposure to, use of, and the extent to which research informs treatment approaches and processes.
The deadline to complete the survey is 25 June 2021. You can find it here.