News and Updates

Schia Mitchell Sinclair MSc MNIMH MBCSTA

Returning to face to face work

16 July 2020, updated 7/10/20

Following the government update on 10 July, close contact services have been allowed to resume.  I will return to seeing craniosacral therapy clients from 27 July 2020.  This update is largely to let you know what changes I will be making to my way of working in order to keep my clients, family and friends safe.  Please do feel free to ask if you have any questions about any of this.  This is largely just for information, you don't need to remember it all as I will go through it again with you before your appointment.  I'm aware it's a bit of information overload!!  In line with government guidelines, I have done a risk assessment to ensure I am taking all of the measures I can to keep people safe.  You can see this here.


Things to do before you come

In order to keep our treatment session as efficient as possible I will be asking you to fill in some forms before you come to see me.  I will send you a consent form to print and sign before you come; a new patient form (if this is your first visit); and some reminders of what you need to bring and do on the day of your visit.  We will also have a short telephone consult (about 15 minutes) in the two days before your treatment.  This will minimise the amount of talking we need to do on the day before we start treatment.


When you arrive

I will ask that you arrive at the time of your appointment rather than early and that you ring or text me from outside to let me know you are there.  I will come out and bring you into the treatment room so that you don't need to touch any door handles or surfaces.  I will have hand sanitiser available to use when you come into the treatment room.  You will notice that I won't look quite the same as I'll be wearing a visor and face mask as well as an apron and disposable gloves!


During the treatment

I will get you to leave any items you have brought with you on a chair and to sit straight onto the therapy couch.   If you can, I will ask that you wear a face mask during your treatment.  At the end of your treatment I will let you out so that you don't need to touch any door handles.



Payment by bank transfer is the most convenient for me at the moment.  I will give you details when you book.  I will ask for payment in advance for first consultations.



One of the things that has been a major concern to me about returning to work was the necessity to use a large quantity of single-use plastic.  I have found ways around at least some of that.  My very kind mother-in-law has made me some draw string bags and washable aprons.  I have used these to make little 'packs' for each client.  Each pack contains a clean apron and sheet inside the bag.  The sheet is used to put on the therapy couch and I use a clean apron for each client.  Both sheet and apron are  placed in the bag after use and then the whole lot washed at 60 degrees at the end of the day.  The visor I use can be sanitised after each use.  Government now stipulates that I have to use a disposable type II mask and disposable gloves for each client and, unfortunately, there seems no way around this at the moment. 


Test and trace

I am required by law to assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for data (including name, contact number, dates and times of visit) if needed, up to 21 days after the treatment, as this could help contain clusters of outbreaks.  NHS Test and Trace will ask for these records only where it is necessary, either because someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has listed my premises as a place they visited recently, or because my premises have been identified as the location of a potential local outbreak of COVID-19.  If I get the call, I would have to disclose anyone I have been with for more than 15 minutes.  As a result, depending on the circumstances and length of time that has elapsed, you might be asked to be tested, to take extra care with social distancing or to self-isolate. 


I don't want to see you if...

You or any of your household have or develop any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (a new, continuous cough; fever;  a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) in the week to two weeks before our appointment.  If this is the case we will need to reschedule.  We will also need to have a careful discussion about your treatment if you are in a high risk group.


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