April 2021: Can I Work?

12 Mar 2021 10:00 | SMA Member Administration (Administrator)

ALL THERAPISTS*

We recommend that you double-check you are following the protocols on client screening, PPE, infection control and compliance with Track and Trace.  We further recommend that you include within your client notes the following:

  • that the patient has been Covid screened
  • that the patient is wearing an IIR mask and the therapist is in full PPE
  • that the patient's temperature has been taken (and what it was)

These can be completed quickly using the following format:

Screened ✅ Pt IIR  ✅ Me Full PPE   Temp Check  

You are not obliged to continue working if you feel uncomfortable in the Covid environment

England

Information correct as of 7th April, 2021     

Sports massage therapists are allowed to return to work on April 12th.

Therapists at all levels can work in a clinical setting, mobile or home based. The previous working conditions are just as important i.e. the need for documented risk assessments, full PPE (gown, mask, apron and visor), regular cleaning schedules, strict hygiene precautions and screening of each client.  

The Resource Pack (available to active SMA members) contains all the necessary documentation to comply with the above information.

Please ensure you keep your clients and yourselves safe above all else.


Northern Ireland

Information correct as of 7th April 2021

Therapists in Northern Ireland may continue as before.

The latest Guidance released clearly says sports massage therapy is exempt from closure and, as the information does not mention levels of qualification, we assume it is all levels.  The SMA therefore advise you may work under the strict conditions which have been imposed since the first lockdown i.e., documented risk assessments, full PPE (gown, mask, apron and visor), cleaning schedules, strict hygiene precautions and screening of each client.  

Latest Government document entitled The Executive's Pathway out of Restrictions.

The next review will be 15th April

Scotland

Information correct as of 7th April, 2020

The SMTO have created an excellent infographic explaining the current Scottish Guidelines.  https://vimeo.com/522105814/0aedb00dfc 

The earliest date that close contact services may be eligible to return is 26th April.


Wales

Information correct as of 7th April, 2021

Sports massage therapists are allowed to return to work on April 12th.

Therapists at all levels can work in a clinical setting and home based, (mobile to be confirmed). The previous working conditions are just as important i.e. the need for documented risk assessments, full PPE (gown, mask, apron and visor), regular cleaning schedules, strict hygiene precautions and screening of each client.  

The Resource Pack (available to active SMA members) contains all the necessary documentation to comply with the above information.

Please ensure you keep your clients and yourselves safe above all else.



*Please note: we can only offer guidance to therapists registered as members of The SMA.  If you are a member of a different Professional Association you must refer to their guidance on working as it has implications for your insurance cover.  If you would like to join the SMA, please e-mail membership@thesma.org with details of your main qualification in Soft Tissue Therapy and we will advise on eligibility.  Existing members are more than welcome to e-mail us with any questions on this guidance or other issues.

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