When this situation does occur, sometimes help is needed to support and enable a successful return to normal or stay at work programme.
When an employee is injured, everyone’s first concern is ensuring they get immediate treatment – but a very close second is ensuring the best recovery and rehabilitation.
By working alongside the injured or ill person with a skilled occupational health nurse and appropriate team of occupational health professionals – including OTs, physios and workplace doctors – there is a greater success rate for a quick and safe return to normal life activities, including work.
The return to work program involves a proactive and collaborative approach in working with the person and their family, and determining opportunities for safe and productive work activities as soon as it is medically possible. A robust rehabilitation plan will maximise medical improvement and minimize the impact of injuries or disabilities.
Rehabilitation truly is a win-win when implemented properly.
A return to work program is a simple process that provides a clear timeline and appropriate expertise to ensure all parties are on same track toward a healthy recovery.
- Clear expectations, timeline for progress, and reviews.
- Assessing and supporting fitness for work capacity assessments.
- Instigating back to work programmes with plans and reviews. Includes medical and OT / physio review if required.
- Assessment & management of gradual process injuries e.g. OOS, back injuries, dermatitis.
- Management and support for complex medical and ACC claims.