All Face-To-Face Therapies to Stop - MTI Board Update
It’s not what we see that is important, but rather what we fail to recognise.
The unprecedented nature of the current public health crisis has required us all to work through incredibly complex, challenging and fast-moving issues. We have taken collective, resolute action to ensure our members and students are fully supported in their practice and study.
The rate of infection and the death toll from Coronavirus continues to rise at an alarming rate in the UK and across Europe. There is no doubt that we are and will be on a war-time footing to deal with this crisis. It is incumbent upon us all to do the right thing for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
We have to date left decisions about whether or not to continue to trade at your own discretion based on Government guidelines. Unfortunately the guidelines are grey in our area of practice, leaving us all damned if we do and damned if we don't. Ultimately, we at the MTI can no longer reconcile Government advice on social distancing with the continued provision of massage services and indeed all therapies that involve touch and close proximity.
It is with great regret and with a full understanding of the potential financial consequences for many of you that we advise, unequivocally, the immediate suspension of your practices (if your practice involves face to face consultations). Whilst we advocate for the suspension of practice until further guidance on return to practice becomes available, we also recognise the need for our practitioners to stay connected to their clientele. To this end, we encourage digital and electronic communication via online and telephone platforms.
We and many other PAs in our sector such as CNHC and GCMT will now look to combine our resources in the most effective way possible to provide key information to you during this period. CNHC will disseminate key information to registrants, whilst GCMT, representing professional associations has updated its facebook and social media pages. The website is in development and will be updated shortly.
Key considerations during these unsettled times:
- CPD: with respect to CPD, our policy has not changed and we encourage you to engage with CPD online. Each CPD activity should be logged and reflected upon. This could involve online courses, conversations with practitioners, Ask the Expert sessions. Online courses with more than one participant count as a shared learning environment. Please refer to the CPD policy for further guidance.
- First Aid: MTI is aware that many members are due to renew their First Aid qualifications which involves face to face contact. Whilst we recognise there are online alternatives, the minimum requirement is the Emergency First Aid award. We are taking advice from Balens with respect to reasonable adjustments and what is considered acceptable for insurance purposes and membership renewal. Further information on First Aid and Insurance will be updated on our social media pages.
Remember out of adversity comes creativity. We thank you for your support and encourage you all to stay connected as an online community. Together we can support one another and work collaboratively to ease the physical and mental strains that travel with C-19.
We wish you the best in these unprecedented times.
Earle, Karen and Tim