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.
5-7pm, 3rd March, near the NEC, Birmingham
The VRA is running a free networking event for those with an interest in vocational rehabilitation on 3rd March at The Little Owl, Bickenhall Parkway, Birmingham B40 1QA. Coinciding with Health and Wellbeing @ Work on the 3rd and 4th March at the NEC its a great opportunity to network with others with an interest in vocational rehabilitation.
The Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP) will be developing vocational rehabilitation guidelines for spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 2015. They would like to hear from you if you are interested to contribute in some way – please contact them to express your interest or to suggest someone else, please usewith VRA website enquiry in the subject line.
Now in its 9th successful year, Health and Wellbeing at Work is all about improving the health and wellbeing of work-aged people. The conference and exhibition will provide you with new ideas and resources to ensure your employees are fit and healthy, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work.
Are you an Allied Health Professional or a Psychological Practitioner?
Are you treating/managing working age patients/clients, who are Greater Manchester residents?
Is the service in which you operate at least partially publicly funded?
If you answer Yes to all three questions - then you can access this FREE training for your CPD.
Mind is calling for all people with mental health problems to be taken off mainstream Government back-to-work schemes and moved onto a specialist programme.
Research from the mental health charity has found that support provided through the Work Programme and Jobcentre Plus is damaging people’s health and making them feel less able to work than when they started. At the same time, these schemes are ineffective for people with mental health problems, as only 5 per cent of people have actually been helped into work.
The government has announced a further £12 million is to be invested in helping people with mental health conditions return to work.
Nearly half (46%) of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance have mental health conditions while mental ill-health is estimated to cost taxpayers and businesses £105 billion a year in health and police services, welfare benefits and sickness absence.
A major international study of workplace health, conducted by Bupa, has revealed the huge potential of employee health and wellbeing initiatives to tackle diseases such as cancer.
The Government has published the fifth and final statutory independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
Dr Paul Litchfield, who led the fourth independent review in 2013, was re-appointed to lead the fifth independent review on 6 March 2014. This review sets out a series of recommendations to the government based on the evidence he collected as part of the review, and which complement the recommendations from the first 4 annual reviews.