Occupational rehabilitation resource
19 January 2017
Occupational health professionals have a new “pragmatic occupational rehabilitation” resource to resolve costly return-to-work problems. It clarifies the work staff can handle and the line manager’s role in their recovery.
Rehabilitation case management pioneer HCML says its new Management Action Plan service (MAP) will transform how absent staff are assessed and managed and resolve HR headaches that most employers face, yet struggle to handle.
MAP’s suite of services are tailored to clinical recovery and the length of time from the start of illness or injury to assessment, to provide accelerated and cost-effective recovery. Its comprehensive assessments cover absences from two days to years and also help staff struggling in the workplace.
Its telephonic and video-call assessments eliminate barriers to sustained attendance and performance. Its assessments review the functional demands of job tasks. Staffs with complex conditions are assessed face-to-face, often at work, to observe functional ability.
To resolve the challenges of long-term absence its case managers project-manage recovery and vocational re-engagement, when return to work is appropriate.
Its independent, recommended support and treatment plans give step by step actions for a safe, sustainable return to work. Shared with worker and manager, to foster joint ownership, each plan clarifies responsibilities and timeframes, followed by regular progress reports.
“We focus on what the employee can do, not what they can’t do, get the line manager better involved and worker and manager collaborating better,” said CEO Keith Bushnell.
“Our plan may include alternative duties, an adapted environment, talking therapies, occupational therapy and support for the worker’s family. By speaking we get the full picture of how to get an effective return-to-work, or the best outcome.".