As always we are wishing you well during these difficult times. As COVID-19 continues to heavily impact the therapy industry, we bring you our next bulletin with coronavirus specific information to support you during this ‘most unusual’ period in time.

Whilst there are unprecedented challenges we are facing together, as individuals, and also small businesses, there is potential for adapting and new foundations to be built.

There has been an incredible sense of kindness, gratitude and wellbeing recently and we wanted to show our appreciation for all the acts of kindness shown across the industry.

National treasure Captain Tom Moore stole the hearts of many recently. He set himself a challenge to raise £1000 for the NHS by walking a 100 laps of his garden (2.5km/1.6 miles) before his 100th birthday. The walk was a huge success and has now raised over £33m! In honour of this Captain Tom has been awarded a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge, the show’s highest accolade, and has also been made an honorary colonel.

Clinical Psychologist, Katrina Hinkley, decided to embark on a Lockdown Litter Pick on behalf of Somerset Wildlife Trust. The challenge involved picking up 26 pieces of litter every day, for a week. Katrina incorporated this challenge into her daily 1 hour of exercise and was amazed at the sheer volume of litter out there! You can see all manner of things Katrina collected by visiting her page.

The BBC have published a page with some wonderful heartwarming and uplifting lockdown stories that we would like to share with you here. Take a quick look, I promise you will struggle not to raise a smile or two at least. Another delightful news page worth visiting is where you will find inspirational news covering a wide range of interesting subjects such as trailblazing initiatives that could help stamp out slave labour.

If you have been grappling with what information to publish on your website during the coronavirus pandemic, then check out these fantastic tips on content for your Therapist or Wellness website during COVID-19 published by Juliet Austin, Marketing Consultant and Copywriter.

Rehab My Patient has launched Tele Rehab, free for all subscribers to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tele Rehab enables subscribers to make video consultations and group sessions (suitable for Pilates, group rehab). It’s easy to use, simply login (or register for a free account), select your patient and launch. Email the web link to your patient and join the room to begin a secure online video consultation where you can demonstrate exercises, rehab, advice or guidance. Afterwards, you’ll be able to send exercise plans to your patients. If any PPH member and non-subscriber would like free three month access during this period, register here.

If you are feeling a little anxious, unfold your apron and grease up your baking tins because it’s been reported that baking helps relieve anxiety. Read more on Stress Baking written by Sarah Weinberg.

Here at Private Practice Hub our next Ask the Expert live webinar will be taking place on Thursday 28th May at 2pm and our guest this month is Ani de la Prida, a Creative Arts Counsellor and Psychotherapist from Dandelion Workshops and Association of Person Centred Creative Arts.  Ani will be talking with our expert host Jayney Goddard, sharing tips and advice on how to approach the challenges we are facing and how to manage our own anxieties. Don’t miss out, pre-register for the webinar here.

Gordon Brewer of The Practice of Therapy and John Clarke of Private Practice Workshop hosted a podcast to discuss the uncertainties of being in private practice and why being grounded in your “WHY” is key to success. Tune into a recording of the podcast here.

If you are a trainer, coach or educator you will find this webinar “Developing Resilience For Trainers, Coaches & Educators: How to Cope With The Psychological Pressures of Covid-19” of great interest. The guest speaker, Gina Gardiner, is a No1 International Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Transformational Leadership Trainer and runs the Enlightened Leadership Programme. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

XERO have a dedicated resource page to help keep small businesses running now and in the future. You could find something really useful here to help future proof your business.

The Health & Care Professions Council have a COVID-19 hub full of useful professional guidance.

The FHT have published Return to Work Advice. Some therapists may be jumping for joy reading this guidance, whilst others, quite understandably will be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the changes required in order to practice. We want to know how we can help support your return to practicing, so please get in touch and let us know how the situation is for you and what, if any, plans you have to make the necessary changes.

We have listed some useful resources you may find particularly helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Mentality – workplace mental health training

Healthy Breathing Habits with Helena Bourdillon

Get Rid of Stress and Burnout for Good from Dr Helena Lass

Mental Health Resources for Remote Working

Feeling Frazzled? Stay connected and join the Frazzled Cafe for online peer support coffee meetings.

Keep yourself informed

GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19):Business Support
National Health Service Coronavirus Advice for Everyone
World Health Organisation Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
Public Health England COVID-19 infection prevention and control
College of Naturopathic Medicine coronavirus updates
FHT – Return to work advice
ORCHA – free webinars, health and care apps to help elderly and vulnerable categories

PPH blogs
Returning to work guidelines from the FHT
How Webinars can help Therapists
Use Zoom to engage with clients
Best Apps for Remote Physiotherapy
Are you working safely remotely?
Preparing to cope with loss & grief
Understand the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

General Financial Guidance for Businesses
Financial support for businesses during COVID-19 – GOV.UK
Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help – Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert (MSE)
Employment & Self Employment Coronavirus Help Video – Martin Lewis, MSE
This bulletin aims to support therapists, ensuring you have the knowledge and resources you need in these challenging times, and also highlight the fantastic work of our therapists during the crisis so if you have any interesting, comforting or uplifting tips, guidance, videos, stories or blogs etc for sharing to support, motivate and encourage others please share with us. 

We also want to know the challenges and questions you have and are facing on a daily basis. What are the key impacts you are seeing in your therapy business? Please get in touch and let us know.

If you found this blog interesting/supportive/beneficial, please share it with your colleagues.

Stay safe and keep well. We know that you are already staying alert.