Working online or in person – corona virus update
I have been working with existing clients via video and telephone for the past few months but am moving back to in person sessions. Please read on for details.
A few weeks before lockdown I moved to a new office, shared with one other colleague. I have yet to meet a client there as I quickly had to move to online and telephone working.
From the 29th May in Scotland we moved into phase 1 of the lifting of lockdown and this includes NHS routine mental health provision, which had been suspended due to pandemic reorganisation. I have given clients the choice of in person sessions from the week beginning 1st June.
The following provisions are in place to support safety:
- hand sanitiser will be provided
- office and front door handles will be cleaned with anti-viral wipes between client visits
- waiting area chairs will be cleaned between client visits
- physical distancing will be observed during sessions
- the room will be adequately ventilated
- clients who are at risk due to underlying health conditions (or who live with someone in this category) will continue with online or telephone sessions
- I will travel to the office on foot, wearing a mask and observing current recommendations on physical distancing
- Where clients need to use public transport to attend sessions I will expect them to also follow recommended guidelines regarding mask, gloves and distancing
- the chairs in the therapy room are fabric and cannot be cleaned effectively between client visits, I therefore ask clients to bring their own throw if they have concerns about this. Use of hand sanitiser on entering the room should minimise the risk of transmission via this route
The Scottish government will review moving to the next phase or tightening of restrictions and I will be following their recommendations as we move through the summer.