COVID-19 AND FOOT HEALTH CARE
Since the COVID-19 pandenmic we have been inundated from members and non-members seeking advise on 'can we treat clients, YES/NO'.
For the non-members - you should contact your previous learning provider or the body in which you are registered with, we cannot and will not advise you but you are welcome to make use of the information we gather on this page and use it as you will.
For our own members, you can follow the same guide as we will not give a YES or a NO on this matter as no-where on the government advise does it mentions Foot Health Practitioner as a job specific role, it mentions Podiatry and Chiropody. The only link an FHP has to these titles is that the role is similar and you could say, falls under the same umbrella. Therefore; if you are looking to be treating clients, it would be advisable to follow the advise set for Podiatry and Chiropody.
You can find links below to websites offering advise.
The government guidelines state from the gov.uk website; "Only go outside for food,health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home and if you go out, to stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people at all times. You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms."
Under the 'exceptions' list on their website (see below link) it mentions:
*Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services (including physiotherapy and podiatry services), and services relating to mental health.
Check with your insurers to ensure they will still fully insure you for seeing clients whether in clinic or home visits under the current condions of the OCVID-19 pandemic.
Ensure you have appropriate PPE (please see below link) and follow guidelines on these. Risk assessments and systems of highlighting the importance of treatments are also recommened to ensure only 'essential' treatments are conducted. All 'non essential' treatments would be unadvisable.
The PAFHP cannot be supporting members who show evidence of malpractise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so will risk members losing their membership and rights to use any logos, images and reference to the PAFHP.