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About Occupational Therapists at Group Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapists at Group Rehabilitation proudly offer a specialist musculoskeletal vocational rehabilitation service. Occupational Therapists have been supporting patients in the workplace for over 20 years; offering a unique perspective to employee health and wellbeing by combining environmental adaptations with physical rehabilitation.

We understand that people with physical health conditions and injuries need to overcome many obstacles to remain in, and return-to- work. However, research shows that work is generally good for health and wellbeing; providing the work is ‘good’. To date there is no definition for ‘good work’. However, therapists at Group Rehabilitation believe that good work will mean different things to different people, depending largely on your ability, interests and skills base.

The importance of Work and Health

  1. Social Inclusion
  2. Financial Security
  3. Facilitation of Recovery
  4. Improved self-esteem
  5. Sence of Identity

Services at Group Rehabilitation

The service provided by Occupational Therapists at Group Rehabilitation aims to address the multiple factors which impact on a successful and sustainable return-to-work. Interventions can include one of more of the following:

  • Assessment of functional capacity: if you are employed, the assessment will be job specific and will inform towards the most appropriate work-related duties and adjustments. If you are unemployed, the assessment will be generic and will identify which roles/ job tasks will match your current physical ability.
     
  • Rehabilitation attendance: Based on assessments of physical ability and your description of work-related tasks, you will be set a programme of exercise and work simulation. The BTE Primus RS allows for the simulation and objective measure of most work-related tasks e.g. hand tools, lifting and machine operations. With the BTE, your progress is measurable which can help us to track progress.
     
  • Facilitate communication between you and your employer: With your consent, we can provide an overview of your ability in a letter, report or AHP Fitness for Work Report. The update will aim to reflect your work-related tasks and make recommendations on potential adjustments.
     
  • Workplace assessments: These are undertaken if work-related tasks cannot be simulated in the gym environment or face-to-face contact with your employer is required. Workplace assessments also identify environmental barriers in returning to work.
     
  • Communication with Healthcare Professionals: Onward referrals to appropriate healthcare professionals can be made. Letter, reports and AHP Fitness for Work notes will be shared with your GP where appropriate.
     
  • Long-term management: to ensure that you maintain the progress you have made, therapists will explore options for self-management ahead of discharge. This will include access to local facilities and community groups, but also on how you can increase your own activity levels in day to day tasks.