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Coronavirus - advice for practitioners

Coronavirus

LAST REVISED WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2020, 3pm

The information on this page is updated regularly. However, for the most up-to-date public health information, please use the 'Official COVID-19 guidance' links on this page

BSHAA members can ask questions, raise issues and share experiences with us by emailing coronavirus@bshaa.com 

 

BSHAA WEBINAR, 26 MARCH

BSHAA president Andrew Coulter and chief executive David Welbourn updated members on the current situation in a webinar on Thursday 26 March. BSHAA members can see a recording HERE

 

UPDATE: 25 March, 3pm

Government guidance updated on 25 March exempts community-based audiology clinics from general retail closures. 
This does not affect the guidance we have already published, which you should continue to follow. 
BSHAA is working with other bodies in the Audiology sector to develop more detailed guidance to ensure safe practice in any clinics that offer essential and urgent care.
While we work on sector guidance, you should continue to follow official public health advice, read our existing guidance and updates on this page, the BAA’s advice on essential activity for audiology, and ensure you read today’s Government guidance in full.

 

LATEST UPDATE FROM BSHAA PRESIDENT ANDREW COULTER

Tuesday 24 March, 10am
CLICK HERE TO READ

 

Official COVID-19 guidance

For the public - www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For health professionals

Business Support

Your business is going to be under strain but keeping calm and ensuring we all pull together as a Society is the only way we will all get through this. You can see all the current support measures in place that can help your business over the next few weeks and months at www.bshaa.com/coronavirus/business-support

Advice from the regulator

HCPC says it will continue with its planned renewal timelines, but with extra flexibility understanding the pressures that registrants will be under. HCPC states that individuals should comply with their CPD obligations "where time allows and if it is possible to do so. In the current circumstances our Council has taken the decision to cancel the audit process for physiotherapists as well as stop the audit process for other professions until further notice."

MORE ADVICE FROM HCPC

Looking After Your Mental Health

It is vital that we all look after our mental health over the next few weeks and months. You can find advice and resources to help from MIND and the Mental Health Foundation.

Adapting Practice

You can continue to offer a service by:

  • Making contact with all your patients, by phone or video call, just to check in with them and understanding if they need anything posted to them
  • Offering telephone/online consultations and remote care where possible
  • Consider setting up a specific email / phone line for customer questions / queries.

Supporting customers who have no family/friend support

Put them in contact with local networks who can support. Work with other community retailers to ensure these potentially vulnerable people are cared for.

Contacting other local hearing care businesses / NHS providers / healthcare / pharmacies

  • Understand how you can all work together to support the most vulnerable in society
  • Offer support to local NHS Audiology departments
  • Connect with local healthcare-focused business and identify ways of working together to support each other and your local community.