Closure of Bowen Therapy clinics
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) has provided advice to those therapists on its register and BTPA has adopted a similar policy for its members.
The CNHC is the holder of an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
On 11 May the UK Government published its COVID-19 recovery strategy for England, called "Our plan to rebuild". The document sets out a three-stage roadmap to lifting restrictions.
A key message is that there can be no relaxing of all social distancing measures right now. The Government has made clear that England is still in lockdown although certain restrictions have been lifted. The sectors which have been allowed to return to work include food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories.
Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own measures in place which differ from the approach taken in England. Essentially their restrictions on working have not been eased. Their approaches can be summarised as follows:
Scotland: Lockdown restrictions remain in place for Scotland and the Scottish Government is not currently encouraging more people to go back to work. Find out more here.
Wales: Apart from modest changes in Wales, the advice remains to stay at home. In an announcement made on 8 May, the Welsh Government extended restrictions for a further three weeks. Find out more here.
Ireland: On 12 May, the Northern Ireland Executive published a five-step roadmap to end restrictions. The steps are not time bound to allow for flexibility. Their decision-making approach can be found here.
BTPA advice to its members:
In light of all the above, BTPA has followed advice given by the CNHC and asked its members to close their Bowen Therapy clinics for 'face-to-face' consultations and 'hands-on' Bowen work, until further notice. Members are encouraged to offer remote consultations where possible which may include advice about self-treatment, exercise, nutrition or other support for mental/emotional or physical wellbeing of their clients.
The UK statutory instruments which were introduced to effect the 'lockdown' are still in place and although these lacked clarity in the definition of which 'health services' were exempt from closure, BTPA has assumed that complementary health clinics are not currently allowed to remain open. Clarification of this has been sought from Matt Hancock MP.
As soon as the relevant restrictions have been lifted BTPA will be encouraging its members to return to work, following suitable guidelines to ensure safety of both practitioner and client.