Information, Government policy and clinical guidance to manage the current public health crisis continues to evolve. We will update guidance in line with this advice – and in conjunction with best practice – for regulated healthcare professionals working in the private healthcare sector.
As has been the case throughout this crisis, definitive answers to some questions may not always be available.
Advice & Guidance
‘Opening-out’ of osteopathic practices – Management of face to face consultations – published 19 May 2020
UPDATE – 28 May:
Guidance on how to determine and manage face to face consultations. This guidance is currently relevant to those operating in England and Scotland who can now see all patients after following the sequence of steps detailed in this guidance. At present, the advice for osteopaths operating in Wales and Northern Ireland remains ‘urgent and emergency’ as per previous guidance.
For those patients that have received a letter to inform them that they are clinically extremely vulnerable, we will be issuing guidance relating to this group and domiciliary visits shortly.
IMPORTANT: Presently, iO guidance states that you should not see a patient either in your clinic or in their home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone with symptoms in the last 14 days.
NCOR: Guide to self-management and care for those with symptoms of COVID-19 – published 30 March 2020
Also check updated information on the symptoms of Coronavirus and actions that should be taken if you suspect a case of COVID-19.
Flowchart to identify urgent and emergency cases – This is now only relevant for those operating in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 21 May 2020
Evidence: Osteopathy and COVID-19 – published 14 April 2020
The National Council of Osteopathic Research conducted a quick review of current evidence on osteopathy and COVID-19. Their full review can be found on their website by clicking here.
In addition, the European Federation and Forum of Osteopathy issued a statement on behalf of all its member countries. Read the full statement by clicking here.
iO Member Resources
iO – Key Worker Status Letter
For those that require confirmation of osteopaths’ status as key workers, for example: for use with schools and childcare, the iO has produced a letter which cites the relevant legislation, to use as required.
- England: Guidance for healthcare workers, carers and care settings
- Scotland: Guidance for primary care
- Northern Ireland: Guidance for health and social care staff, healthcare workers and providers
- Wales: Guidance for health and social care professionals: Coronavirus
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to osteopathic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Safety of the public and our members is of paramount importance, and the iO is following the UK Government advice on a daily basis. Any content provided on this page is current as of the date of publishing, although such content may change quickly at short notice. The situation is unprecedented, the advice is changing rapidly and in some cases, there may not yet be definitive answers available. However, we will do our utmost to support our members and the profession throughout the period.