On Monday 12th April 2021 the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) expect the Government to put in to place new guidelines under which all businesses and services may operate more freely. As a consequence the BAcC, supported in their role by the Professional Standards Agency (PSA), have stated that its members should continue to work with people at BAcC phase 3: Urgent care and high needs before resuming to practise under BAcC phase 2: Careful practise from Monday 12/04/2021
What does this mean for BTAC?
It is down to individual professional judgement who fits into the category of “Urgent Care and High Needs.”
We have been informed, by the BAcC, that we may operate under our COVID-19 secure status and offer treatment to patients falling in to the outlined categories. This currently means we may work with patients requiring support with the following:
- anything affecting mental health and the maintenance of chronic pain etc could be seen as High Needs
- a consideration could also be whether treatment is time dependant – such as in IVF cases
- treatment can depend on whether the patient is likely to require further medication or see a GP if they weren’t treated until after the lockdown
When we resume treating under BAcC phase 2: Careful practise on Monday 12th April 2021 we will be allowed to treat any patients who we might work with under normal circumstances but within the context of our covid secure status whereby we continue to incorporate procedures that mitigate against the risk of covid19 for all concerned – patients and practitioners alike.
If you are in doubt about any of the above and wish to discuss treatment with a practitioner under the current situation please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by telephone or e-mail.
The BTAC team.