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.
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A great conference and exhibition with a full day of vocational rehabilitation and return to work sessions in conjunction with the VRA.
8-9 March 2016 at the NEC Birmingham
New group will bring together insurers, personal injury lawyers, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, and clinicians.
The VRA is delighted to release this Self-audit Guidance Package which supports its standards audit tool and it Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners
Acas, has launched a new series of equality guides today to help employers and managers identify, tackle and prevent discrimination in the workplace.
Over the past year, the Acas helpline has dealt with nearly 50,000 calls on discrimination and diversity issues in the workplace. To help employers and managers get to grips with the law on equality, Acas has published three new free guides that offer a wide range of practical advice in the workplace:
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.
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.