Maintaining safe services

Find out what to consider when deciding whether to see patients remotely or in person.

Message from CSP and Physio First to private practitioners

This past year has been particularly challenging for for private practice, whether you have been working in MSK, neuro, paediatrics, care homes or domiciliary care. This is alongside the challenges faced by health and care services as a whole.

Most of you have now successfully re- opened your services and practices to see patients face-to-face, subject to your country/area's lockdown restrictions and following the relevant safety and government guidance.

We urge you to continue to do all that you can to minimise risk to yourself, colleagues and patients.

Do keep using virtual triage to risk assess, as part of infection prevention control measures, and to determine clinical need for each individual patient prior to a first session.

Patients and the public should expect you to be open about your approach to infection control, so be ready to explain how you are following relevant guidance.

As further changes for health and care services across the UK are announced, be assured we will continue to update our guidance.

We know some of you would like further clarification to help you understand how to implement the current guidance. The CSP is in the process of developing resources to assist you with this.

CSP and Physio First,  26 November 2020


Guidance and advice on implementation

As countries and regions fluctuate between different levels and tiers of lockdown, healthcare largely remains unchanged.

Nowhere though do these changes signal a return to ‘business as usual’.

Our advice will help you to offer safe face-to-face treatment when virtual means are not effective or appropriate.

Seven key factors for deciding face-to-face or remote
Physio making notes while on phone

Are face-to-face consultations appropriate – flowchart to help members decide

A flowchart to support members with their clinical decision-making on whether to offer remote or face-to-face consultations.  

It should be used alongside our full guidance and our checklists.

Flowchart to support your decision-making
Flowchart for decision-making about Covid-19 consultations
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