Covid 19 - Risk Assessment
Risk Assessments & Updates
27th September 2020
Since the Risk Assessment made in May 2020, Physioplus has been implementing adjustments to processes, PPE equipment and such like.
The current status is that in addition to all of the decisions and pracices implemented 29th May 2020 the therapists will now wear a Mask and Facial Screen together with gloves for each patient before disposing of these single patient use items following clinical waste process controls.
Patients are required to waer personally provided masks from the point of arrival until they have departed the practice.
By way of summarising the general outcome, pretty much every patient has now switched to paying by card prior to appointments with the remained using sealed cash envelopes identifying their name, amount and date. Pre Appointment telephone triages are being done 6-72 hours ahead (allowing for weekends).
We now also have the NHS Covid-19 Track & Trace QR Code on the practice door allowing patients to scan on arrival.
Risk Assessment 27th September 2020
Our next full Risk Assessment is scheduled for 11th October 2020 in good time for the arrival of our newest Therapist
Following on from the full Assessment, the Physioplus+ process for assessing Risks is broken down into stages with applicable dates:
A - Major Review Assessment Date 11th October 2020
B - Review Date 18th October 2020
C - Ongoing Review Dates every 7 days in October, then monthly until December 2020
29th May 2020
Physioplus+ is a professional physiotherapy practice registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which together with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has been providing ongoing guidance, direction, instruction and help since the Covid-19 pandemic was initially identified.
As part of that process, all staff were furloughed and all physiotherapy and other face to face treatment was ceased in late March 2020. Since then, the premises have regularly been cleaned bearing in mind CSP & Public Health England guidance.
The guidance now is that so long as the practice complies with guidance and rules the treatment of patients can recommence face to face in limited circumstances. These circumstances will be assessed by “Telephone Triage”, but currently are for patients in acute or worsening pain, whose symptoms have not been relieved by any exercises prescribed.
The practice must undertake a series of measures including undertaking an in-depth Risk Assessment for Covid-19, which has to be published to the practice website.
Risk Assessment 29th May 2020
At Physioplus+ our process for assessing Risks is broken down into stages with applicable dates:
A - Initial Assessment Date 28th May 2020
B - Review Date 31st May 2020
C - Ongoing Reviews Dates every 7 days in June, monthly July 2020 to December 2020
The initial Risk Assessment is then sub divided by process and actions
By way of summarising the Risks and the appropriate actions that will be taken:
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment & Therapists’ Uniform and Clothes
Physioplus + has acquired a sizeable stock of PPE items for use by the therapist including:
Pre-appointment, the patient will have taken part in a Telephone Triage with their therapist usually the day prior. The therapist will layout and where necessary explain the following: