In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have created this dedicated COVID-19 section aiming to provide vital information to all members and osteopaths, based on the most current UK Government guidelines.



4 April 2022: If you have symptoms of respiratory infection or a positive COVID test

The UK Health and Security Agency has updated its guidance on managing healthcare staff with symptoms of a respiratory infection or a positive covid 19 test result. It states that:

‘Patient-facing healthcare staff who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to attend work, should take an LFD test as soon as they feel unwell. If the result of this LFD test is positive, they are advised not to attend work for 5 days.

They can return to work when they have had 2 consecutive negative LFD test results (taken at least 24 hours apart). The first LFD test should only be taken 5 days after the day their symptoms started.

If both LFD tests results are negative, they may return to work immediately after the second negative LFD test result, provided they meet the criteria on the guidance and the staff member feels well enough to work, and they do not have a high temperature.’

At present, there has been no change to the infection control guidance, including the use of PPE by healthcare practitioners and patients should still be encouraged to wear face coverings. This guidance applies to all countries of the UK.


24 November: PPE Update

Following its recent consultation, the UK Health Security Agency has now issued updated infection control measures for the prevention and control of seasonal respiratory infection in healthcare sessions for Winter 2021/22.

In short, the new guidance reiterates the importance of maintaining the current standard infection control procedures, such as distancing where possible, hand washing, ventilation, pre-assessment COVID checks, as we move into the winter months.  Masks are still considered essential PPE for healthcare practitioners and encouraged for use by patients (unless exempt).

However, gloves and aprons can now be assessed for use only where there is a risk of transmission of blood or bodily fluids or if in contact with a confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2.

This guidance has been jointly issued by the relevant health agencies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern and applies to healthcare settings operating in the UK.

The iO will be updating all its infection control advice documentation to reflect the new guidance over the coming days.


Information and guidelines of the devolved nations:


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Click on the links below to explore the relevant areas:


Adapting Your Practice

Here we provide guidance on how to operate your practice safely and effectively as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to osteopathic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQ’s below are in line with current Government advice, NHS guidance and in alignment with other professional bodies for healthcare professionals operating in private practice.

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COVID-19 Resource Hub

A range of resources to support your operations during the pandemic. It also includes information if you are seeking financial, legal or employment advice.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The safety of the public and our members is of paramount importance, and the iO is following the UK Government advice. Any advice provided on this page is current as of the date of publishing, although such guidance may change quickly at short notice. The situation is unprecedented and there may not yet be definitive answers available in some cases. However, we will do our utmost to support our members and the profession throughout the period.

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