Return To Work After Injury

Return To Work- Help And Support For Employers!

Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-05-10 08:22

Helping Your Employee Return to Work After Injury

Workplace adjustments can benefit ill, injured or disabled employees return to work. However, there may be some circumstances where you need to seek additional advice or support.

Occupational health services

At Healthscreen we are occupational health professionals. All of our nurses are also experienced medical professionals who can help you manage the physical and mental wellbeing of employees, whether they are off work or in work and struggling with their health.

Where employees could return to work despite their health conditions, occupational health can help you plan a phased return to work and advise you how to carry out workplace adaptations, modifications and reasonable adjustments to accommodate your employees’ health needs.

Supporting disabled employees

If your employee is disabled or has become disabled due to an illness or injury during their employment, you’re legally required under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments.

Adjustments can be made to support employees in the workplace and, where it’s feasible for a person to return to work despite their health conditions, may assist a phased return to work when they’ve been absent. What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the employee’s circumstances and the size, and resources, of your organisation.

Adjustments could include:

- Changes to the workplace.
- Providing specialist equipment.
- Implementing a phased return to work or flexible working arrangements- for example working hours.
- Providing opportunities for alternative roles within the workplace.

At Healthscreen we can help put in place reasonable adjustments, while Access to Work can help contribute towards the cost of reasonable adjustments in the workplace. 

Musculoskeletal disorders and back injuries

If your employee has been affected by a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) – any injury or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back.

If you are looking for professional health surveillance to be taken within your work place, contact us today! 

Therapy and counselling

If your employee has been off work with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or stress, you may consider referring them to an Employee Assistance Programme such as counselling services.

Remember that if the mental health problems are work-related, it is your responsibility to carry out a risk assessment and put in place the correct controls to manage this.

Contact us today for your FREE quotation or for more information on booking your occupational health service in the workplace!

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