Physiotherapy services

for neurological conditions

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Risk Assessment for home visits and clinic sessions in Phase II post COVID-19 pandemic.


Current government guidance does not signal a return to work as usual. However, restrictions are regularly changing under review and it is time to prepare for and safely manage the needs of physiotherapy clients. The government guidance is available for reference:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

All registered physiotherapists regardless of sector or setting owe a duty of care to their patients. A duty of care is a legal responsibility to provide a reasonable standard of care to patients and to act in ways that protect their safety.

When considering any appointments, a Sharp Neurological therapist will take a “virtual first” approach in line with the CSP flowchart and continue to monitor and adapt to this as it changes.

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Any decision regarding how to manage therapy and when or if to conduct a face-to-face appointment will be openly discussed with the client, all risks and benefits to the patient and others in the household will be clearly identified and considered jointly. This specifically should include discussion of:

• the mechanisms and risks of transmission and exposure

• the nature of close patient contact during a physiotherapy consultation

• the level of PPE that a clinician will be required to wear

• the infection prevention and control measures that must be taken

This will ensure that the therapist and client can comply with government social distancing and shielding directives and mitigate as far as reasonably practicable the risk of transmitting the disease to patients and the wider general public, particularly to those in the vulnerable and extremely vulnerable categories.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-andprotecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

On all visits or sessions, the therapist will use appropriate personal protective equipment and manage any clinical areas in accordance with COVID-19 infection prevention and control regulations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirusinfection-prevention-and-control

When entering a property for a domiciliary visit, the following guidance will be adhered to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care


For further information about COVID-19 and health care services please visit gov.uk or have a look at this useful information leaflet: 

https://bestpractice.bmj.com/patient-leaflets/en-gb/pdf/3000166/Coronavirus.pdf