Dear Practitioner

We have survived the challenges of the coronavirus season so far. It’s all too easy to look at the things that aren’t going well in your therapy business, but being resilient helps us bounce back when things don’t go as planned.

Many industries have gradually been returning to their place of work by adhering to strict government guidelines and implementing adequate social distancing measures yet firm restrictions remained in place preventing manual therapists from doing so until much more recently. The government gave manual therapists in England the go ahead to return to work on 13th July subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services which seem to apply in particular to any ‘work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face’. The news about returning to work will no doubt bring a mixture of both pleasure and also anxiety to many practitioners.  More information can be found here.

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COVID-19 restrictions have forced change across all industries. Professional therapists and coaches are now in greater need to evolve, be fit and ready for the current online digital world of private practice with many adapting and delivering services via Zoom, Skype and other video conferencing platforms. For many practitioners, providing online therapy is currently the only option to earn a living. 

So what is required to do it safely and effectively? Can video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype help take your therapy business forward? There are many ways to get your business online and with our comprehensive range of resources we can help you with that.

We ran a webinar recently with Dr Colin Clerkin from Your Practice Coach, part of Clerkin Psychology Services Ltd who shared fundamental tips on starting up and running an efficient private practice. Watch Colin’s webinar for expert tips on running your private practice.

Our next Ask The Expert webinar is being held on Thursday 30th July 2020 at 10.30am with Damien Adler from Power Diary, a practice management software company. Damien will be chatting to our expert host Jayney Goddard, President of The Complementary Medical Association and helping you to transition from working IN your business to ON your business. Please do sign up and share here.

The FHT statement on coronavirus was published to support therapists during COVID-19 and includes important and up to date information on returning to therapy practice. The FHT also has a dedicated Coronavirus resource page. Check them out to keep yourself in the loop.

To help you prepare to return to practice Jayney Goddard, President of the The Complementary Medical Association has published a fantastic video on Returning to Work along with worksheets and checklists to enable practitioners to get back to work safely. The Complementary Medical Association has joined forces with several other organisations and is taking the lead in lobbying the government to get clarification around returning to work. To find out more visit The Complementary Medical Association

Keep yourself informed

Association of Physical & Natural Therapists
GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Business Support – note that the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has now been extended and you can make a claim for a second and final grant in August 2020.
National Health Service Coronavirus Advice for Everyone
The Complementary Medical Association
World Health Organisation Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
Public Health England COVID-19 infection prevention and control
FHT – Return to work advice
ORCHA – free webinars, health and care apps to help elderly and vulnerable categories
ACTO

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We are under no illusion, there will be a lot of trepidation and excitement for therapists who are returning to their place of work and also for those who are practising very differently now and we want to ensure you have the knowledge and resources to support you.

Your feedback is important to us so please get in touch and let us know if you have any comments, ideas or suggestions for our future publications.

If you found this information helpful, please feel free to share it with your colleagues.

Best wishes from

The Team at Private Practice Hub