For ease of reference and to enable you to acquire the information you need expediently, we have earmarked the following information on our website to help with your enquiry:
Please note this guidance is for currently registered IFA practitioners. IFA registrants are permitted to work during the pandemic with conditions and are being prioritised for the vaccine, which is reflected in our guidelines and supportive resources. If you are not registered with the IFA you may not be allowed to practice and will be advised to contact your own chosen governing body or provided with details on how to meet the standards to become IFA registered.
Our practitioners have played an important role, in supporting the health and wellbeing of people, including NHS frontline workers themselves, during the Covid 19 pandemic where appropriate. The following advice applies to IFA registrants only, split by region and will help you to follow the government guidance of your country on returning to work and working safely during the coronavirus pandemic:
IFA Registered practitioners in England are able to work during the pandemic and is permitted by government regulations, confirmed by The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), as the IFA is an accredited register approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), a UK body accountable to parliament. This provides additional assurance that IFA registrants meet UK wide standards of patient safety and service quality and meet the definition of “other…health services, including services relating to mental health” contained in Section 17(o), Schedule 3A of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. So, if any of your clients are a little nervous about coming to see you during these uncertain times, you can tell them that you are IFA registered and explain what that means in terms of safety and high standards of care.
As of 12th April 2021 practitioners can accept and receive clients as normal.
Whether you choose to return to work, or not, will very much be your own decision based on your personal circumstances, your client type(s), where you work from and whether working puts you, your clients or anyone in your family or home at risk. You must exercise the utmost caution and exercise your professional judgement in assessing the risks. It is your responsibility to ensure you adhere to Government advice at all times which can be accessed here www.gov.uk/coronavirus and more specifically, for England visit: Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19): Close contact services.
The First Minister announced that as a result of the new variant of coronavirus being identified in Scotland, mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye is currently in tier 4 lockdown and IFA registrants must cease practising for the time being in these regions. However, from 26 April 2021 mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye are planned to drop to a ‘modified’ Level 3 and the travel ban lifted Scotland, which means all IFA Registrants in Scotland may return to work. The following areas remain in tier 3 and registrants may continue to practice with the exception of providing mobile services (until the 26 April 2021):
- Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
- The following islands within Argyll and Bute: Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree, and Ulva
- All islands in Highland (with the exception of the Isle of Skye).
You can find government guidance for the easing of restrictions here and Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance including close contact services.
The First Minister has announced that subject to review close contact services can reopen on the 12th April 2021 without requiring referal by a General Practitioner or hospital consultan. You can find government guidance for the restrictions here. It includes a restart risk assessment and a reopening checklist.
For more detailed guidance visit the members area where you can access the following resources listed below.
Resources Available to IFA Practitioners
Please note this support is available to IFA Registrants only:
- Access to the IFA's ‘Returning to Work Guidance’ - these detail what you need to do before opening
- Access to the 'Hygiene Secure Practice Guidance' - these detail premise hygiene and cleaning protocols
- Access to 'Government Financial Assistance Guidance'
- Access to sample client disclaimer
- Access a sample social distancing poster
- Access to sample client notice to display in your practice
- Access to a sample risk assessment
- Access to a sample consultation form
- Access to a sample Hygiene Secure Practice policy
- Access to the IFA Members Facebook page - where members discuss issues
- Descriptors for your website - reassuring the public you conform to the standards and belong to an IFA PSA accredited register
- FREE courses for when you choose to return to work which provide a certificate to display in your practice on completion
- FREE Webinars covering broad aspects of aromatherapy to enable you to continue to professionally develop, gain and maintain those valuable CPD points
Telephone advice and support - please email the office with your specific enquiry and we will arrange a call back by one of our advisors
Use of Essential Oils for COVID-19 Symptoms Resources Available to the Public
During the pandemic we have been featuring a series of blogs on essentials oils that boost the immune system, support the respiratory system as well as mental health during the pandemic. We have also been offering discounted magazine bundles providing more indepth information and products to educate and assist the public.