Published on the 2nd of June 2020
Save Face has been engaging directly with government departments in order to gain clarity on when our members can safely and legitimately resume services.
Following a meeting of departments to discuss this sector specifically, we have received the following advice;
The guidance to accompany the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 lists which businesses and venues can remain open to the public. This includes dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths, and other medical or health services (including physiotherapy and podiatry services), and services relating to mental health.
You may have spotted that a footnote was added to the guidance last week in relation to this section, stating:
Services which involve healthcare need to take into account any advice or guidance issued by regulators, the relevant professional body, Chief Professional Officers, or the NHS, as appropriate
The Department cannot provide comments on individual cases of whether or not a business is permitted to open. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business exempt from closing having considered the Regulations, which can be found here.
Additional information to assist interpretation of the Regulations by businesses can be found in the guidance. Devolved Governments may have different positions, if you are based In Wales, Scotland or Ireland, please refer to your national government guidelines for additional information.
At this time, where businesses do remain open they are strongly advised to do so only where staff and customers can adhere to PHE guidelines on social distancing which can be found here.
The Government has set up taskforces to work with industry representatives to develop safe ways for businesses, such as beauty clinics, to open at the earliest point at which it is safe to do so, and that there is an ambition to reopen as many businesses that cannot practice social distancing as possible in step three of the Government’s Covid Recovery strategy which can be found here.
We are sure that, like us, you were hoping for this sector to be specifically addressed. Clearly, this is not going to happen. As a PSA Accredited Register (A relevant professional body), we have provided an operational policy that meets with government, PHE, and social distancing guidance. We anticipate that providing the easing isn’t reversed in any way, July will be an unambiguously safe time to resume services for cosmetic patients. However, as healthcare professionals, should you feel that some patients have a medical need on a mental health and well-being basis, AND you have risk assessed your practice and established compliant protocols (social distancing and infection prevention and control) then it is your decision when you are ready to open and who you are willing to treat.
In making that decision, please also check with your indemnity provider.
We expect all our registrants planning to resume service will refer to our Covid-19 Operational Protocol and self certify against it. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding compliance with this policy standard.