Confused by the information that is out there, and want to know what you need to do to get Covid ready? We are closely following the guidelines set out by the Government, GCMT, MTI, and other governing bodies.
We will update these recommendations as the situation changes and different guidance may be given, so check in regularly. Make sure to register to receive alerts. Comments are invited!
N.B.: Any information and comments not directly taken from the resource pack sent out by MTI (as developed by GCMT for its practitioner associations) will be in blue in the normal text, any black text (other than headlines) will be directly from the GCMT resource pack, with some of the text highlighted in other colours for emphasis. Some of the guidance text may be changed very slightly to make it more applicable for use on this website, for example “We” (as in GCMT) has been changed to “they”, and “their member” referring to members of individual organisations to “you”.
Who is this guidance for?
This guidance is for massage practitioners who want to know what they need to do in terms of getting back to work. It gives best practice guidelines (rather than minimum standards) for massage therapists who have got their own premises, work in a practice, work from home and doing home visits. The guidance may vary depending on the level of control a practitioner can exert over their environment. The go ahead for massage therapy in England was 13th July 2020. Government and Professional Association Guidance may vary in the Devolved Nations.
WHO CAN RETURN TO WORK – AND WHEN?
In the UK, there are typically separate regulations for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England. At the moment, all devolved countries are in lockdown, so it is pretty much the same for all. Below the GCMT guidelines as of 11th January 2021.
Please note that for your insurance to be valid, you have to follow both the government guidelines as well as the guidelines of your individual professional associations. Document all changes to these guidelines in your risk assessment and check with your insurance.
GCMT guidelines for lockdowns across the UK
The GCMT has reviewed all the latest guidance pertaining to close contact services across all 4 nations now that we are back in lockdown. In line with government guidelines we continue to advise that all close contact (massage) services stop with immediate effect. https://www.gov.uk/…/working…/close-contact-services…
There are organisations whose registrants are currently still permitted to provide support (such as CNHC) – specifically and only to clients who have a “genuine health condition/medical need that requires urgent treatment and cannot be deferred. Any treatment decided upon must be fully justified and documented”.You must exercise the utmost caution and implement your best professional judgement when assessing the risk as to whether to treat or not. You must decide honestly whether the benefits of seeing a client in person outweighs the risks. Treatment must be not only essential, but critical, as in, the client cannot function with it.NB 1: The permission to treat is only for those who are confirmed registrants of those respective organisations. If you do not have membership one of these organisations, then you are advised not to work.
NB 2: Please note that your insurance cover is based on following your PA advice – in this case GCMT/MTI – and the current government guidelines.We cannot stress enough the severity of the situation we find ourselves in. The infection rate in the UK is very high and the NHS is under considerable strain.
We have compiled this information from a resource pack that the Massage Training Institute (MTI) has sent out to its members in June 2020. Sheffield Massage Training, i.e. the website you are on right now, is the online platform for Sheffield Centre for Massage Training, which in turn is an MTI (Massage Training Institute) accredited school. This resource pack has originally developed by GCMT (Council for Soft Tissue Therapies), and MTI’s chair Earle Abrahamson (who is also chair of CNHC and a representative of GCMT), along with Jennie Parke Matheson (MTI tutor and GCMT representative) have put a lot of work into this. You will see a lot of them on this course. The resource pack has been thoroughly cross-checked and passed by H&S as well as a laywer. You will be covered by your insurance as long as you adhere to government guidelines. As new information is coming out, we will add this with the date in bold grey.
The GCMT is at the heart of the massage profession’s response to COVID-19. (Former) MTI Chair Earle Abrahamson is also the head of the GCMT and member Jennie Parke Matheson is MTI’s representative in the organisation. Earle has led the campaign with government to see massage as part of the health professions, rather than beauty industry, and asked for clear guidance from official channels on when and how massage therapists can return to work.
PARAMETERS OF THE GCMT RESOURCE PACK (as issued July 2020 and updated November 2020)
“This Resource Pack has been developed by the GCMT as a resource for assisting our member organisations in making informed decisions around the eventual return to work
It is noted that the GCMT represents a range of therapies and practices, so one size may not fit all
We therefore recognise that the content of the pack will need to be adapted to suit specific disciplines such as Sports Therapy and Sports Massage, for example.;
In these instances, we ask that organisations extract relevant content in line with their practices
For organisations who require further clarification, please contact the GCMT
Therapists must not take this document “as written”, but adjust it as guided by their Professional Association – and most importantly by their personal circumstances“