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March 31, 2009

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NICE issues guidance on vocational rehabilitation

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is aiming to ensure that those who are off sick from work get access to the support they need at the earliest stage possible by issuing simple guidance that it says even the smallest employer can implement.

 

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is aiming to ensure that

those who are off sick from work get access to the support they need at

the earliest stage possible by issuing simple guidance that it says

even the smallest employer can implement.

 


Management of long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work‘,

launched at the end of March, recommends an integrated programme of

services to help the 2.7 million, or so people who are currently

unemployed and claiming incapacity benefit, or employment and support

allowance (ESA).

 

Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, Prof Mike

Kelly explained: “Many people who are absent from work through sickness

and incapacity are capable of being helped back into work with the

right support. We are recommending some very simple and straightforward

measures that even the smallest employer can implement – including

keeping in regular, positive contact with the staff member when they

are off sick, thereby ensuring that they don’t feel isolated.”

 

The guidance recommends that employers identify a suitably trained and

impartial person to talk to employees experiencing long-term, or

recurrent sickness absence, and coordinate and support any health,

occupational, or rehabilitation treatments services agreed with the

employee.

 

NICE also urges the Government to act, calling on the DWP to commission

and evaluate an integrated programme of support, which could include

interviews with trained advisors to discuss the help claimants need to

enter, or return to the workplace.

 

Head of rehabilitation at insurance provider Unum, Joy Reymond,

commented: “The guidance completely supports the approach we have

adopted at Unum in terms of our vocational rehabilitation services.

We’ve been emphasising the importance of employer engagement in

properly managing long-term sickness absence for a long time, and we

are delighted to see this approach more formally recognised.”

 

 

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