UK Regional Rules Relating to CST
We are pleased to report that many of our members are practising CST, subject to the following current regional government restrictions and Covid-19 secure guidelines. It is at each practitioner’s discretion whom, when and whether they should treat.
On Thursday 5th November England entered a second period of lockdown lasting until Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. We have informed our members based in England that they can continue to practise CST during this time in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.
Having studied government legislation and sought advice from the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, we concluded that CST meets the definition of “other… health services, including services relating to mental health.”
Providing treatment to a client in their own home is NOT permitted unless the practitioner has received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional.
The Scottish government has introduced a new system of local protection levels:
Levels 0 and 1: Close contact services (i.e. ‘hands-on’ therapies where social distancing is not possible) are permitted, including mobile services.
Levels 2 and 3: Close contact services from a therapist’s premises are permitted, including a home treatment room. However mobile working (providing treatment to a client in their own home) is NOT permitted.
Level 4: All close contact services must stop.
Use the postcode checker to find out which level of protection applies to your CST practitioner.
Firebreak measures ended on Monday, 9th November 2020. Under new, national restrictions, those providing close contact services (i.e. working ‘hands-on’ where social distancing is not possible) can return to work. We have therefore informed our members based in Wales that they may resume practising CST in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.
Government guidance states that from Friday, 20th November 2020 close contact services are permitted to reopen by appointment only. We have therefore informed our members based in Northern Ireland that they may resume practising CST in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.