This information was last updated on 5 June 2020.
As you appreciate, we are in the midst of an unprecedent global health crisis. The situation is moving quickly and guidance is ever-changing. We will be working to support you at this difficult time by updating this page and sending information to Registrants on a very regular basis. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date.
On Monday 23 March the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced stricter measures to help to prevent the continuing spread of coronavirus:
- We must all stay at home.
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home).
- If you do have to go outside stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
All disciplines should cease providing face to face therapies
In the light of this announcement you must cease face to face therapies (that is, those that require simultaneous physical presence) with immediate effect. CNHC appreciate the impact this will have on livelihoods, but we support the Government decision as it is the right thing to do to assist in stemming the spread of coronavirus which can be transmitted by those who do not develop any symptoms. We have a duty of care to do all we can to help end this world health crisis.
UPDATE: Our advice does not apply to Registrants employed directly by the NHS or other regulated health and social care organisations such as hospices, nursing homes and care homes.
Providing your complementary healthcare services remotely
For those of you whose therapeutic practices allow it, you should look at the viability of delivering therapies to clients without simultaneous physical presence, for example, by using electronic communications and video links.
Guidance on coronavirus
CNHC’s advice to all our Registrants is to check official guidance on the Gov.uk website on a regular basis
We have signposted Government and Public Health England Guidance on our website.
If you are based in Scotland also check the NHS Inform Scotland and Public Health Scotland websites and for Wales see Public Health Wales.
We recommend you contact your insurers to establish their cover in respect of delivering your services remotely, for example, by sessions on the telephone or online.
Support for small businesses and the self-employed
HMRC have set up a support helpline for businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus. More information can be found here.
Further information about support for businesses and employees can be found here and more information about having to claim benefits is here.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer on 26 March announced a Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - a taxable grant of 80 per cent of average monthly profits (calculated from profits from the last three years) up to a cap of £2,500 a month. The scheme will be open to those whose majority of income is from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. Moe information can be found here
We appreciate how much uncertainty and anxiety has resulted from this crisis. Everyone should take steps to support their mental health and that of their clients'. You can find very helpful advice on Mind’s website.
Even though you may be suspending your practice, it is a good idea to keep in touch with clients, enquire about their wellbeing and offer signposting to official advice if you feel they need it.
CNHC fee increase postponed
Supporting our Registrants during this difficult time is a key priority for us. We have therefore taken the decision to freeze the planned increase of our registration fee on 6 April 2020. Our fees will remain at their current levels.
If you have any questions
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. We can be contacted at email@example.com
You can also contact your own professional association, who will also be able to advise or signpost you to the relevant information.
CNHC office closure
In accordance with the advice from the Government, CNHC’s office at Tower Hill has temporarily closed. However, we are still ‘open for business’ and our staff are working remotely. Our ability to maintain our service to our Registrants has not been affected and you can still contact us by phone on 020 3663 0406 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org