Information last updated 27 January 2021.
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England went into a national lockdown at midnight on 4 January. The Government has published relevant guidance on the lockdown requirements. Under the section ‘Businesses and venues which can remain open’ it states: “The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.”
The businesses that can remain open include “dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.” Under the legal advice we obtained during the November 2020 national lockdown in England (and reconfirmed by our legal advisers in January), CNHC Registrants in England meet the definition of “other…health services, including services relating to mental health” contained in Section 17(o), Schedule 3A of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. The amended legislation on which Parliament voted on 6 January made no changes to that section of the Regulations.
This means, as a CNHC Registrant, you can continue to practise in England during the current restrictions if you meet the criteria set out below:
In order to stay within the remit of providing “other…health services, including services relating to mental health”:
- You must only provide the therapies you are registered for, on a one-to-one basis to clients, for an identified mental or physical health condition or injury that is causing them severe pain or having an adverse impact on their mobility or their quality of life.
- You must engage in Evidence Based Practice and, in compliance with Section D1 of the CNHC Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance, “you must recognise and work within the limits of your own knowledge, skills and competence”.
- You must be able to evidence that your therapeutic intervention is supporting your client with their condition. You must do this by recording their health condition and giving a clear rationale in your client’s care record for the treatment that you are providing.
- You cannot provide treatment to a client in their own home unless you have received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional.
- If your practice is based in your own home you can continue to work from there as long as it is COVID-secure. You can find our advice on following government guidance on working safely here.
N.B. On the CNHC Register it is only hypnotherapists who are trained to support mental health conditions.
We cannot stress enough the severity of the situation we are now in, with a surge in infection rates of the highly transmissible new variant of COVID-19 placing increasing pressure on the NHS. You must exercise the utmost caution and exercise your professional judgement in assessing the risks. You must carry out and record a risk assessment on whether the tangible benefits of seeing a client in person outweighs the risks. Practise remotely where you can and follow our advice on following government guidance on working safely which you can find here.
Stay at home measures were introduced on 26 December 2020 and are now in place until 5 March 2021, with a review on due on 18 February. You can find government guidance for the restrictions here.
In the absence of a response to CNHC from the Northern Ireland Executive on the status of CNHC Registrants, and for the protection of public health, all CNHC Registrants (and not just those providing close contact services), unless they are working remotely, must cease practising while these restrictions are in place. The only exception to this at the moment, as set out in the guidance is: "sports massage and therapeutic services for elite athletes".
A national lockdown was announced on 5 January for all areas previously in Level 4 (all of mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye). The restrictions will be in place for at least 4 weeks but will be kept under review and could be extended. You can find the guidance on the stay at home regulations here.
In the absence of a response to CNHC from the Scottish Government on the status of CNHC Registrants, and for the protection of public health, all CNHC Registrants (and not just those providing close contact services), unless they are working remotely, must cease practising in areas where these restrictions are in place.
The following areas remain in level 3 :
- Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
- The following islands within Argyll and Bute: Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree, and Ulva
- All islands in Highland (with the exception of the Isle of Skye).
CNHC Registrants can continue to work face to face and provide close contact services in level 3 areas, with the exception of mobile close contact services which cannot operate in Level 3.
Stay at home restrictions (alert level 4) were introduced in Wales from midnight on 19 December 2021. The restrictions will be reviewed on 29 January. You can find guidance on alert level 4 here.
In the absence of a response to CNHC from the Welsh Government on the status of CNHC Registrants, and for the protection of public health, all CNHC Registrants (and not just those providing close contact services), unless they are working remotely, must cease practising while these restrictions are in place.
CNHC advice on preparing to return to work and working safely can be found here.
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