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.
A new report sets out the government's progress on improving employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions.
It highlights that:
- 94%* of UK leaders admit mental health prejudice is still an issue in their business
- One in five employees with a mental health condition have felt under pressure to resign.
Mental health prejudice still exists in UK business and those at the top of the country’s largest organisations are not doing enough to tackle the problem according to a new study from Bupa.
The contract will cover a number of assessments including the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which is currently carried out by Atos. In March this year the government announced that it had reached a settlement with Atos to exit its WCA contract early.
The new contract is part of a concerted drive to ensure that people who need an assessment get the best possible service. Since 2010 there have been 4 independent reviews of the WCA and the government has implemented the majority of the recommendations.
East Midlands Conference Centre - 12th and 13th November 2015
We are delighted to announce that a Joint conference for VR professionals and case managers is to be arranged for next year. Currently we have agreement with the VRA and CMSUK, and BABICM are considering joining.
The aim of the joint conference is to provide greater opportunities for all members by providing 3 streams of talks, presentations, and workshops. We are also pleased to note that, at this venue, there will be a much larger Expo area for stands and networking opportunities.
Taking applications for February 2015
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. It also looks at pioneering strategies for getting vulnerable people into the workplace and enabling them to fulfil their potential.
RNIB's Evidence and Service Impact team have produced an effective practice guide to assist employment and access technology professionals with carrying out work-based assessments for blind and partially sighted people. It will be useful for:
Jobcentres are failing to help people find long-term work and should be restructured under new plans that will enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.