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.
According to CIPD, the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations (http://www.cipd.co.uk, July 2013).
A team from the University of Salford are working with a range of health and social care practitioners, including Allied Health Professionals and Psychological Practitioners to encourage a proactive and upstream approach to facilitating ‘work’ or ‘other meaningful occupation’ outcomes early on in routine practice.
So far, a training programme has been delivered for 185 practitioners from the Greater Manchester region as part of the Greater Manchester Public Health Network’s (GMPHN) Work for Health programme.
A big thank you to everyone who came along to the VRA's sessions or visited us on the exhibition stand at the recent Health and Wellbeing @ Work event. The VRA has been involved with the event for a number of years now and we always encourage members to get involved. This year we asked Katya Halsall to us how she found being a speaker at the event. If you are interested in speaking at future events do let us know as each year we do suggest a number of speakers.
BABICM / CMSUK / VRA Joint Conference 2015
12th & 13th November 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre,
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2R
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.