VRA Standards Of Practice
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Welcome to the VRA website
The VRA represents all those involved in delivering vocational rehabilitation services. There are a number of professional groups including; Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Case Managers, Disability Employment Advisers, Job Centre Plus Personal Advisers and Employment Support workers.
At the VRA we are very much aware of the need to develop more vocational rehabilitation provision with an appropriately skilled workforce. We are keen to help and encourage Employers, the Human Resources and Occupational Health professions, to be more aware of; better understand the value of and engage in providing vocational rehabilitation.
Our annual Conference is taking place on 17th and 18th June 2013 in Manchester. This years theme is SMART VR - Demonstrating Effectiveness, Improving Practice, Looking to the Future. The conference is a key event for those in VR or allied health professions and has a particular focus on growth and personal development. We will also be launching our updated Standards of Practice and sharing information about how to audit your practice against these.
Survey: validate the ICF Core Sets for Vocational Rehabilitation from the perspective of physical therapists
As part of an international research project experienced physical therapists are being sought worldwide who have been working in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation for at least two years.
The study is to validate the ICF Core Sets for Vocational Rehabilitation from the perspective of physical therapists. A Delphi exercise (via e-mail) will be performed to gather the expert-opinions of experienced physical therapists worldwide.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) exists to support people living with illness manage the impact of ill-health on work. But, there are few VR services to specifically support people with cancer with work-related issues. And, because there are so few services, we currently know very little about the benefits of VR for people with cancer.
The UKRC together with The Katie Piper Foundation bring you three very eminent guest speakers in the area of disfigurement. A limited number of places are available to hear these key speakers who will all both challenge and energise you to think about this specific area of rehabilitation services for the UK.
Dr Andrew Thompson is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield NHS Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Programme.
This is an abstract from a piece by Stan Lester about the TRAVORS project. The full article can be read here.
Agency workers are set to have better anti-discrimination rights after an Employment Tribunal awarded a woman over £35,000 for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal in a case funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
This question has attracted some recent coverage on and offline following Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd (EAT)
Essentially the Employment Appeals Tribunal judgement means it is not in itself, but the impairments resulting from obesity may give rise to disability. The judgment is relatively short and well worth a read. Find it here.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance for small and medium size businesses about the Equality Act. This offer straightforward guidance relating to disability and other protected characteristics. Included are clear explanations of the different types of discrimination.
The guides are available to download free of charge, please follow the links below.