Following an increasing number of members contacting us eager to return to work but still awaiting confirmation of their change of status from ‘Non-Practising’ to ‘Fully Registered’, we have been in touch with the GOsC for an update and advice to enable you to start work as soon as possible.
The Government announcement that further eases restrictions in England is to be welcomed by everyone and brings with it, we hope, increasing public confidence, including the confidence to seek osteopathic care.
Following a generous donation from the NCSO, we are delighted to be able to re-open the iO’s Hardship Fund for applications from iO members who are experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
Following the recent announcements from the devolved nations of Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands, we are recommending osteopaths operating in these countries consider opening out their practice to see patients other than emergency cases.
The Scottish Government’s publication of its Route Map gives a clear message that NHS Scotland will be rolling back its community services from 28 May.
Since the Government announced its roadmap for easing of restrictions on 10 May, we have been working to understand the implications for osteopathic practices.
How we take our own careful steps from the restrictions in how we operate since March 23, will require detailed consideration, not least in the context of emerging divergence of policy over the four nations, says Maurice Cheng.
The latest lobbying follows previous multi-profession lobbying covering access to other forms of financial support for private practitioners and the self-employed.
Since the launch of the iO’s Hardship Fund, we have been overwhelmed with requests for support, and despite these contributions, we are now in a position where applications exceed the funds available.
Instead, the iO is rescheduling the Roadshows for the Autumn at which you can come together with colleagues and meet the iO team.