VRA Standards Of Practice
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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.
VRA Chair John Pilkington provides an overview of a recent event he attended.
The Centre for Mental Health, in conjunction with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, held a seminar on 18th November entitled "Tackling health and employment together - shared clients, common goals". The sessions were structured to give the attendees a good understanding of the current policy background, as well as an overview of the evidence supporting early intervention, and case studies of successful programmes for helping people to stay in or get back to work.
RNIB have asked us to update you on some of the interesting work they have been doing in relation to employment for blind and partially sighted people. The toolkit really is an excellent resource and should definitely be added to the bookmarks of VR Practitioners.
Blind and partially sighted people are significantly less likely to be in paid employment than the general population or other disabled people.
This new report takes a look at this challenge when youth unemployment in the UK are at worryingly high levels. It captures the scale of the obstacles faced by young people with long - term, chronic or fluctuating conditions as they seek to make the transition from education to employment. It considers the ways in which employment outcomes can be improved for young people living with chronic health conditions.
A new report from Fit for Work Europe highlights that MSDs are the leading cause of sickness absence across the EU -44 million workers have MSDs – including back pain and strains of the neck, shoulder and arms.
It makes a case for early intervention highlighting the results of work in Madrid with internvtion after 5 days of absence and showing that for every $1 of expenditure $15 was saved in productivity benefits.
Barriers to employment and unfair treatment at work: a quantitatve analysis of disabled people’s experiences
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a new research report, Barriers to employment and unfair treatment at work: a quantitatve analysis of disabled people’s experiences.
It found that:
Health and Wellbeing @ Work is taking place on 4-5 March 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham. The conference programme is now online and is jam packed full of great sessions. In addition to the Vocational Rehabilitation strand, this year chaired by VRA Chair John Pilkington, there are sessions on health and wellbeing: national policy initiatives, employment law, mental health, long term conditions & disability, occupational psychology, sickness absence management and much, much more.
Britons potentially losing thousands from their wages due to sickness