Eileen Mannion, BSc Hons, PGDipAc, MBAcC. 07773332553 or 01484 865886
The British Acupuncture Association (BAA,) of which I am a member, has provided confirmation that acupuncturists have permission from PHE to open.
The BAA also has an agreement from PHE that BAF member organisations are in the Group 1 Workers such as healthcare professional of the HCPC.
The following communication confirms our position:
“The British Acupuncture Association can confirm that our clinical acupuncturists have full permission to continue working during the lockdown for the provision of medical and healthcare related treatments as per our guidelines, which have been published and are available for all members. Our guidelines meet the requirements of HSE, NHS, PHE as well as recommendations from local authorities.
This permission was gained during both previous lockdowns and approved by Public Health England directly for all organisations under the British Acupuncture Federation, of which we are a member organisation.
We were thoroughly assessed and subsequently told by PHE that we are classed as group 1 therapists and clinicians, along with HCPC members such as Chiropractors and Physiotherapists, and as such it is important that we are open to provide secondary health care services to remove the burden that would otherwise fall on the NHS. Since then, this position has been officially confirmed and updated on the Government ONS website.
We have spoken to our insurance company who fully back our therapists and can confirm that all insurances and policies are valid, and will remain so for the treatment of healthcare issues under our guidelines and with correct distancing and PPE equipment.
If you believe any of the above information is not accurate please reply to the British Acupuncture Association who are dealing with this issue on my behalf and provide them with a specific legal reason as to why I, as a current registered and Government accepted healthcare professional, cannot provide necessary medical and healthcare treatments to my clients.”