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.
Our annual Conference is taking place on 15th May in London. This year we are having a one day event with a great line up of keynote speakers and will be celebrating our 21st Birthday there too! Our theme is coming of age and we will be focusing on how we in VR can and are meeting the challenges of a changing and increasingly competitive market plus as a whistlestop tour through the journey the industry has been on already.
- Under 10% of adults with a learning disability living with their family have a paid job
- An increasing number of people with learning disabilities seeking work remain under-supported
- The new guide aims to support family carers help their relative enter into employment
Members will recall that at the end of 2013 we highlighted the launch of a new report Telephonic support to facilitate return to work: what works, how, and when?
With the economy improving, the news about the Health and Work service and the VRA conference coming up Rehab Review published an article by VRA Chair John Pilkington, who touches on the current themes and extends a persuasive invitation to the May conference.
Read the article here.
BBC is reporting that ATOS has confirmed it is seeking to end its government contract to assess whether benefits claimants are fit to work. In a statement, ATOS pledged to carry on undertakings the tests until a new company was in a position to take over. It is also reported that the Government agrees with ATOS's decision as it believes that standards at the company have declined unacceptably.
Read more here.
These documents from the Department of Health give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing.
Important findings are that wellbeing: