Vocational Rehabilitation

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Circle Case Management’s SMART Vocational Rehabilitation and Case Management Service – just too good to ignore.

Let's turn our clients' Tragedy into Victory to BEST help them manage their symptoms and get back to work! 

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Why is Vocational Rehabilitation so important for the client and the case?

Let’s save money, save skills and save lives.

Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as VocRehab and VR, and employment is worth far more than just a small, often ignored, section in an INA Report. Employment and occupation need action and funding for us to provide you with SMART VR to help you and your clients gain their sense of purpose, help their health, as well as boost their work status. 

Here's why...

“VR is any process that enables people with functional, physical, psychological, developmental, cognitive or emotional impairments to overcome obstacles to accessing, maintaining or returning to employment occupation” Standards of VR Practice – Vocational Rehabilitation Association.

Occupation can mean paid or unpaid work.

Occupation also means engaging in an activity and ideally in a purposeful activity.

In 2019 £30 Billion was the cost of annual sickness from work. 2-16% annual salary costs for sickness absence by large UK employers.

Vocational rehabilitation saves people money.

Strong evidence from around the world that early intervention achieves a benefit to-cost ratio greater than 10:1 and more likely 18:1.

2014, Theodore, Mayer, and Gatchel study of 1,119 individuals with MSK being paid monthly ‘workers compensation’ (similar to the UK’s ESA).

Claimants return to work at least six months sooner if early rehabilitation is provided. Cost savings averaged £111,000 ($167,000) per individual; over half of which was attributed to reduced healthcare, and reduced benefits payments with improved productivity in the work place.

Cost savings would have been greater if VCM/VR provided within 8 months of injury according to the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. 

Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.

Typically only 20 - 41% working prior to injury still work 1-2 years post ABI injury. Source: Labour Force Survey April to June 2017

General UK sickness absence:

People are absent too long – estimated 17,000 people in the UK reach over six weeks SSP.

Poor retention post absence – 205 relapse after return to work and 20% exit work.

Estimated too many absent – 1 million sickness absence a week

Reference: Dr Jo Yarker – Affinity Health.

Just look at why people are not returning to work or remaining at work

  • Return to Work without effective measures and adjustments
  • Poor symptom management
  • Gaps in role and capacity is too great
  • Unsupportive employers
  • Employers/employees unaware of what to do
  • Ineffective or lack of resources 

Let’s start the conversation early.

It doesn’t mean they have to return to work straight away but it can help steer rehab towards occupational activity – be that social, leisure, voluntary or paid work.

Early intervention is 27% more effective for people with moderate to severe TBI in work at 12 months and keeping them there 12 months post injury than usual care.

Vocational rehabilitation or Vocational Case Management can start with an interest or hobby. What is your reason to get out of bed in the morning?

Vocational Case Management plans:

  • Plan A – Same job, same employer. This is where the Vocational Case Manager will start. This create the least amount of disruption to the client.
  • Move to Plan B – New job, same employer. This can be easier on the client as they have already built a relationship with the employer.
  • Move to Plan C – New job, new employer. This could mean re-training the client after conducting a skills assessment of transferable skills. This could be supported employment or even self employment.
  • Vocational Case Management or Vocational rehabilitation can mean building up stamina, skills, confidence via voluntary work.
  • 49-56% said volunteering helped them in their career or to get a job.
  • 96% said volunteering has enhanced their sense of purpose.
  • How about apprenticeships? Or self employment? 43% response was to accommodate disability. 

Let’s put in SMART VR:

Which means…

  • Using or having the RIGHT PERSON or Vocational Case Manager (VCM) for that client.
  • Having that VR/VCM at the RIGHT TIME for the client.  And delivering it in the RIGHT WAY.
  • So, in summary, SMART Vocational Rehabilitation saves money, saves skills and in turn saves lives:
  • One in FIVE suicides worldwide is linked to unemployment (World Health Organisation)
  • Almost TWO THIRDS (66.4%) of customers claiming health-related unemployment benefits have had suicidal thoughts (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014)
  • People claiming health-related unemployment benefits are over SIX times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population (APMS 2014)

SMART Vocational Rehabilitation and Case Management – Just too good to ignore.

Let's turn our clients' Tragedy into Victory to BEST help them manage their symptoms and get back to work

The team are available for instruction throughout the U.K. 

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Speak to our fantastic team

Circle Case Management
Head Office
Unit 5 Fosseway Park, Harepath Road
Seaton, Devon , EX12 2WH

Telephone: 01297 24145

Richard Thorp 
Managing Director 07899 094633

Pippa Bird 
Director Case Management/Expert Witness 07942 898666

Yvonne Spijkerman 
Director Case Management/Expert Witness 07881 904543

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