What is Vocational Rehabilitation
This information is aimed at professionals supporting people with vocational rehabilitation.
Vocational rehabilitation is an approach which enables individuals with a health condition, injury or disability to overcome barriers to access, maintain or return to employment/education or the voluntary sector.
For individuals with neurological conditions, this involves matching their abilities and limitations to the job demands and work environment, whilst taking into account the physical, sensory, visual, psychological, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social factors that can affect their ability to work.
Local and national policy and clinical guidelines recognise the need for NHS vocational rehabilitation services in supporting people with neurological conditions; these include the BSRM Guidelines, NICE guidelines, National Stroke Strategy, RCP Guidelines and National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions. Keeping people with neurological conditions in work is now a recognised health outcome and a UK Government priority.
Learn more about the journey back to work, first hand through our patient stories:
Improving Vocational Rehabilitation Support in Greater Manchester
We have been working closely with the Greater Manchester Stroke Operational Delivery Network to improve support for individuals with neurological conditions requiring vocational rehabilitation.
The networks aim was to:
- Upskill local healthcare professionals in supporting people with neurological conditions in vocational rehabilitation
- Encourage better links and working with other agencies including the voluntary sector and Job Centres
1. Training of Healthcare Professionals
In 2016, the networks commissioned the University of Salford to develop and run a 2 day vocational rehabilitation training programme for Greater Manchester healthcare professionals supporting people with neurological conditions. The training was then cascaded within local teams.
2. Working with Greater Manchester Job Centres
We have been working with Job Centre staff to help them understand how they can better support people with neurological conditions in returning to work. We are encouraging our community neuro-rehabilitation teams to establish links with their local job centre. We have also provided some teaching to local Job Centres and have developed some resources, including an online training package:
Other Useful Resources
BSRM Guidelines (2010) ‘ Vocational assessment and rehabilitation for people with long term neurological conditions: recommendations for best practice’
Department of Health (2007) ‘National Stroke strategy’
Department of Health (2005) ‘National Service Framework for Long Term Neurological Conditions.’
NICE (2016) ‘Commissioning Guidance for Rehabilitation’
RCP (2016) ‘National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke’