Supporting our members during the COVID-19 pandemic
As the professional association for the majority of chiropractors in the UK, the BCA is working hard to support and represent our members through the challenges that COVID-19 has presented. BCA members and members of the public will find the latest updates on our work regarding the COVID-19 situation on this page.
BCA members: all information is in the BCA Coronavirus Information Hub
Key information and announcements
BCA updates advice to members on face-to-face consultations
12th May 2020
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) represents the majority of chiropractors in the UK and has at its core the values which have been its ethos for 95 years. These include the placing of patient care and safety above all other considerations. Our chiropractors also have a duty of care to their staff and associates and to the wider community, most particularly in this period of national crisis.
As a result of the release of the Government’s Recovery Strategy on 11th May, we have decided to advise our members that (in England only) they may resume face-to-face consultations for patients who need urgent care, should they choose to do so. Any decision to offer urgent face-to-face care will be taken in consultation with the patient and is likely to be made in situations in which, for example, the patient is experiencing escalating pain and progressively worsening symptoms that do not respond to conservative management (e.g. via phone or video diagnosis) or medication as expected, or is suffering with symptoms which would otherwise result in face-to-face contact with another healthcare provider (e.g. GP, A&E, or walk in centre). Each situation, which may include other conditions, will be subject to an individual decision by the chiropractor and patient.
This is not a blanket decision to advise chiropractors to return to work for routine consultations. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Government advice remains unchanged and the BCA advice – not to carry out face-to-face consultations – will continue to apply in those countries until further notice.
BCA chiropractors have a wide range of information and advice at their disposal, including detailed risk assessments and specific instructions on the use of PPE and this will enable their patients to have a treatment experience in which they should feel comfortable and safe, should they require urgent treatment. We advise all patients to have a detailed discussion with their chiropractors on the safety arrangements in the clinic before they arrive, follow their chiropractors’ advice on processes and procedures in the clinic carefully and to feed back their assessment of their experience after the consultation, so that it can be improved if necessary.
At the BCA, we continue to be focused on the safety of our members, their patients and families during this pandemic and have only made this slight adjustment to our policy on the basis that it is the least significant change than can be made, whilst moving the country towards less stringent conditions of Lockdown. We will continue to monitor Government advice and update our information to the public accordingly.
The BCA has released a statement alongside all of the chiropractic professional associations in the UK and the Royal College of Chiropractors, regarding false claims of the effect of chiropractic treatment on COVID-19.
Click the image to read the statement.
Our most recent work and national resources
You can find some of our recent work in the dropdown below, as well as national advice, information and resources. BCA members benefit from having access to our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Hub where our up to date advice and information for members on this subject is housed, (don’t forget to log in to access the hub).
BCA updates advise to members on face-to-face consultations (England only)
12th May 2020: As a result of the release of the Government’s Recovery Strategy on 11 May, we have decided to advise our members that (in England only) they may resume face-to-face consultations for patients who need urgent care, should they choose to do so. Our full statement on this is above, under ‘Key information & announcements’
Rate relief for professions disproportionally affected by lockdown
11th May 2020: The BCA joined 15 groups representing 12 professionals practising through small businesses to write to the Chancellor to request rate relief for professions disproportionally affected by lockdown. Read the full letter
Open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from membership bodies representing 300,000 people
27th April 2020: the BCA has joined together with a group of membership bodies, representing around 300,000 members to call for financial support for those forgotten and overlooked for Government support.
Open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from the ARMA network
17th April 2020: The BCA is a member of ARMA – Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance. Members of the ARMA network joined together to urge the government to extend it’s support for charities to patient organisations.
Open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from nine health professions
8th April 2020: The BCA has joined with 80,000 health professionals to write to the Chancellor to raise concerns about the lack of support for businesses and the self-employed impacted by COVID-19
Open letters to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chair of the GCC
31st March 2020: We continue to listen and represent the concerns of our members regarding a range of issues. Today we have written the following letters, seeking answers to BCA member queries.
Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer – concerns over self-employment financial help including the £50,000 cap, help for newly self-employed people and exclusion of company directors, as well as clarity on the criteria for financial help.
Mary Chapman, Chair of the General Chiropractic Council – outlining concerns regarding GCC fees due in 2020
Open letters regarding chiropractic clinics being excluded from Retail Discount and reimbursement of Telehealth Consultations
26th March 2020: Chiropractors are currently excluded from Business Rate Discounts, and reimbursement for Telephone/Online appointments which they are insured for and already deliver for both NHS and self-funding patients.
Read our open letters to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Private Medical Insurance companies (sent to all major PMI providers) which ask for key changes which will assist chiropractors in being able to provide the patient-centred care we pride ourselves on.
The BCA is proud to represent the needs of UK chiropractors and we recognise the impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic is having on our members.
Ceasing all face to face appointments
Stopping all routine, non-urgent appointments
23rd March 2020: On Sunday 22nd March 2020, the Prime Minister stated in this daily press conference, “You have to stay two metres apart; you have to follow the social distancing advice. And even if you think you are personally invulnerable, there are plenty of people you can infect and whose lives will then be put at risk.”
Due to the Government’s instruction that social distancing includes individuals staying two meters apart and the closure of many public facilities, the British Chiropractic Association has recommended that members stop all routine, non-urgent consultations with their patients.
Statement on claims made about the effect of chiropractic treatment on COVID-19
21st March 2020: The BCA has released a statement alongside all of the chiropractic associations in the UK and the Royal College of Chiropractors regarding false claims that chiropractic treatment may protect patients from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read this joint statement which is in support of the statement made by the General Chiropractic Council.
The BCA recommends that everyone follow national guidance to stay up to date on the latest advice and information on the situation.
Government information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The dedicated Gov.uk/coronavirus website contains information on:
- What you need to do
- How to protect yourself and others
- Employment and financial support
- School closures, education and childcare
- Businesses and other organisations
- Healthcare workers and carers
- How coronavirus is affecting public services
- How you can help
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK
NHS information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Visit the dedicated nhs.uk/Coronavirus page for:
- Advice for everyone
- Advice for people at high risk
- Symptoms and what to do
- Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms
- More information
More information and resources are available for BCA members on our Coronoavirus information hub (please log in)