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Change in guidelines for close contact services

Government guidance on PPE and refreshments has been updated for close contact services in England*.

Close contact services include wellness, wellbeing and holistic locations (such as beauty salons), and the guidelines also apply to those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes – such as massage therapists.

Until recently the guidance had been that the practitioner should wear a clear visor as well as a Type II face mask – this has been updated to say goggles (polycarbonate safety spectacles or equivalent) can be worn as an alternative to a visor.

Face coverings must be worn by the clients, only to be removed if essential for treatment or to drink a hot or cold beverage, which can now be supplied by the close contact service venue in a disposable cup or bottle.

There are also new regulations for NHS Test and Trace, meaning it is mandatory to collect clients’ contact details to assist this service. Businesses must also keep records of staff working patterns for a period of 21 days.

All close contact services including those in the highest risk zone (e.g. facial treatments) were permitted from 15 August.

The latest guidance (updated regularly) can be accessed via: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

If any local restrictions are in place or come into force, practitioners/therapists must also follow all instructions from the local authorities.

You can stay up to date with the latest public health information at:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus (from here you can also access help and advice for businesses and the self-employed)
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

*As public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Government guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please refer to guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.

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An update on Practical Training

As restrictions continue to ease, we are aware students on our practitioner courses that have a practical training element, such as Practical Training days here at our school in Devon, are keen to know when we will be able to start running these sessions.

We are working on ways to reintroduce our Practical Training days that will ensure the safety of both staff and students. We will provide further details as soon as these are available.

Students who are waiting to complete practical training may wish to arrange a one-to-one professional assessment with a practising, insured practitioner – but must only do so where this training can be carried out safely and within Government guidelines.

If arranging their own professional assessment, we’d ask students to provide us with a copy of their assessor’s relevant qualification(s) and a copy of the assessor’s current insurance cover.

We also strongly recommend an assessor carrying out a professional assessment have at least 2 years’ experience.

If you have any questions regarding arranging a professional assessment, please contact us.

Our continued support to students

We remain absolutely commitment to our students’ studies.

As a distance learning provider, we are continuing to operate as close to normal as possible within all Government guidelines.

We are continuing to welcome new and past students onto our courses, and are accepting assignments daily by post and email (assignments@bsygroup.co.uk). Our tutors are working hard to mark these and return them as soon as possible.

We will continue to keep in touch and communicate any updates.

Wishing you all the best.

From us all at BSY.

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Close contact services in England – an update

From Monday, July 13 in England*, more beauty and physical therapy businesses, such as beauty salons, have been able to reopen safely, provided they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines.

The Government has released updated practical guidance that sets out the measures those providing close contact services should follow to protect themselves, colleagues and clients.

What this means for practitioners/therapists

The updated guidance is also designed for those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, such as massage therapists, so is vital reading for BSY practitioners/therapists.

This guidance can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services – click ‘Download this guidance’ to access a full PDF version of the latest guidance (updated on July 9 at the time of writing).

Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. Therefore, no treatments are to be provided on the face until Government advice changes.

Where 2 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, for example when providing a permitted treatment, the practitioner/therapist should wear further protection in addition to any that they may usually wear. This should be a clear visor that covers the face, or the use of a screen or other barrier that protects the practitioner/therapist and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking.

Further mitigating actions as outlined in the Government’s guidance includes keeping the treatment time as short as possible; considering providing shorter, more basic treatments to keep the time to a minimum, or offering alternative treatments including tutorials to clients where services/treatments cannot be provided.

A risk assessment, which is mandatory for businesses, will enable practitioners/therapists to identify sensible measures to control the risks – much more information on this is included in the latest Government advice.

We strongly recommend that practitioners/therapists check with their insurer that they are covered for returning to practice and check if the insurer requires any evidence of measures practitioners/therapists have taken to ensure they are managing the risks.

If any local restrictions are in place or come into force, practitioners/therapists must also follow all instructions from the local authorities.

You can stay up to date with the latest public health information at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus (from here you can also access help and advice for businesses and the self-employed)
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

*As public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Government guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please refer to guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.

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