New rehabilitation standard to help return to work

A new rehabilitation standard for occupational health practitioners has been launched to help them get more people return to work following an illness or injury.

The Standards of Occupational Practice, developed by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA), provides new standards for vocational rehabilitation practitioners and are intended to promote high-quality professional support for people who want to return to work following illness or injury.

Tim Dawson, chair of the VRA, said: “Effective rehabilitation is important to individuals, their families, employers and the wider economy, as research shows that a high proportion of people who are away from their jobs for more than six months never return to work. Many do not have access to professional support following injuries, illness or stress..”

The standards will cover service delivery; client protection; professional development and maintenance; professional knowledge; transferable skills; governance and business development. The support that will be provided to individuals by vocational rehabilitation professionals ranges from retaining their job to finding and securing new employment.