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On this page we are collating all our updates and key advice from government plus other useful information in relation to COVID-19. Please check back regularly as the content is changing frequently.
During the COVID-19 period, in addition to the news items we are publishing and the updates we are making to this page and on social media, we have been in touch with osteopaths directly in response to email or phone enquiries. Additionally we have been in contact with osteopaths through the following:
- On 24 March 2020, we started our COVID-19 Update ebulletin which we have issued on 24 March 2020, 27 March 2020, 3 April 2020, 9 April 2020, 17 April 2020, 24 April 2020, 6 May 2020, 15 May 2020.
- On 26 March, Matthew recorded a video update about the opening of osteopathic practices
- On 16 March, Matthew Redford, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar, wrote out to all osteopaths
We have received a large number of queries which we have responded to individually. You can see the answers to the main questions here:
- Registration fees
- CPD requirements
- Signing up to help the NHS
- Key worker status
- Mental health and wellbeing
Some osteopaths have temporarily closed their clinics due to COVID-19. A number are continuing to offer urgent and/or remote consultations, so we are suggesting to patients that they may be able to find someone in their area by using our Register search. If they are unable to find an osteopath, we are suggesting they can seek advice for an urgent medical problem from NHS 111. There is also information on the NHS website about What to do if you need medical help during the pandemic.
UK legislation currently permits osteopaths to see patients. However, in many cases, only essential, urgent or emergency services should be delivered, and many routine NHS services are now suspended for public protection. We are advising osteopaths to use professional judgement in determining whether it is appropriate to see patients and to carefully consider the guidance about staying home and saving lives. We are also advising osteopaths to consider seeing patients by video call or talking over the phone instead. See our statement on osteopathic practice.
The Institute for Osteopathy (iO), the professional association for osteopathy, provides the following advice for osteopaths: 'If you choose to stay open, you should only be conducting remote consultations during the lockdown period unless for urgent and emergency cases – see the iO’s COVID-19 FAQs and guidance on these exceptional circumstances’.
If osteopaths exercise their professional judgement and continue to see patients, we have advised they should take account of our stringent interim infection control guidance.
We have agreed an updated statement about osteopathic practice.
We have published a statement on remote consultations.
On 26 March 2020 we published a statement on fitness to practise activities highlighting that patient safety remains the key priority.
The Department of Health and Social Care, and other agencies including Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland are regularly updating their guidance for health and care professionals and information for the public.
The information and guidance are being updated regularly as the situation develops, and osteopaths need to remain alert for any updates.
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals (PHE and DHSC)
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals and other organisations (PHE)
Latest information and advice for the public
Health Protection Scotland
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for health protection team
Latest information and advice for the public
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health Wales
Advice including who to contact if you are concerned about coronavirus
Department of Health (Northern Ireland)
COVID-19 (coronavirus) - situation in Northern Ireland
On 19 March 2020 the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers jointly published a statement on supporting allied health professionals and allied health professional support workers during the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK.
On 20 March 2020, we published a COVID-19 statement to Osteopathic educational providers to outline our position.
During this time, our staff are working remotely and have limited phone access. If you have any queries, please email: email@example.com.
- DHSC and PHE guidance for healthcare professionals
- DHSC and PHE guidance for public and the patients
- PHE guidance for social and community care
- NHS England information for healthcare workers
- GOsC joint statement on health and care regulation in light of COVID-19
- Institute of Osteopathy update on COVID-19
- Report your health daily to help slow the outbreak using the COVID-19 symptom tracker app