Latest on COVID-19 from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

This advice follows the Prime Minister’s statement on 10 May 2020 regarding the movementof England to the second phase of COVID-19 pandemic response and communication from NHS England chiefs signalling a re-opening of some non COVID healthcare pathways.
While we await further detail from the Government it is clear that the second phase does not signal a return to ‘business as usual’ for CSP members but may see patients increasingly seeking physiotherapy intervention and asking for face-to-face treatments in the private and
independent sectors.

Our advice is therefore for members working in the above sectors in England and will be updated daily if necessary to reflect more detailed government guidance as it emerges. It provides you with a pathway to interpret Government guidance and work within the legal, regulatory and professional frameworks that govern safe physiotherapy practice in the context of England’s second phase of COVID-19 pandemic management.
This is in order that you are informed and supported to maintain the safety of your patients, yourself, your staff and the wider public, and in order that you protect the reputation of your practice and the profession during this time.

Your duties as a registrant means you will need to demonstrate how you have considered all aspects of this advice in relation to undertaking consultations with patients. Our advice directs members to consider a number of key factors when undertaking decisions to see patients face-to-face or not. These factors include:

• Legal, regulatory and professional responsibilities
• Risk assessment of the working environment for which you are responsible
• Infection prevention and control measures
• Access to personal protective equipment
• ‘Virtual first’ approaches
• Patient risk assessment and clinical reasoning
• Patient consent for treatment

With the above guidance Tri Physiotherapy is sadly to remain closed.  We are looking into protocols and the aquisition of PPE so that both staff and you, the patient, are safe when the time to open is appropriate.