E16: Return to work

Those affected by stroke are enabled to participate in paid, supported and voluntary employment. (Key: e = element | k = knowledge | s = skill)

Knowledge and understanding of…

e16k_1:
The effects of stroke (cognitive, physical, sensory, visual, emotional, confidence) and how it may affect a return to work and/or education
e16k_2:
Assessing the effects of stroke (cognitive, physical, sensory, visual, emotional, confidence)
e16k_3:
Employment law, the Disability Discrimination Act, health and safety at work
e16k_4:
The roles of healthcare and other professionals in employment-related services (occupational health, occupational psychologist, disability employment adviser)
e16k_5:
The occupational therapist’s role in vocational rehabilitation
e16k_6:
Jobcentre Plus, its services and its effectiveness for stroke
e16k_7:
What is meant by “reasonable adjustment” in the workplace, how to adapt or instigate adaptation to the work environment and the employer’s responsibility
e16k_8:
Available helpful technology for overcoming functional and activity limitations in the workplace
e16k_9:
Ergonomic principles and how to overcome access issues
e16k_10:
Return to work education
e16k_11:
Health, work and well-being – the role of purposeful occupation and the detrimental effects of worklessness
e16k_12:
The benefits system in relation to work
e16k_13:
Workplace assessment including risk, job analysis, work hardening, return to work planning and job retention
e16k_14:
Models of vocational rehabilitation for stroke and vocational case management
e16k_15:
Vocational rehabilitation guidelines and standards for people with stroke (British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine; Vocational Rehabilitation Association; UK Rehabilitation Council)

Skills and ability to...

e16s_1:
Refer to a vocational rehabilitation service
e16s_2:
Assess or refer for the assessment of visual, cognitive, functional and physical deficits following stroke
e16s_3:
Identify local and national services for return to work, their availability and how they can be accessed
e16s_4:
Know which professionals people should be referred to for employment-related services
e16s_5:
Assess for, advise on and review the need for workplace adaptation
e16s_6:
Assess for, advise on and review the need for assistive technology and environmental adaptations to overcome work-related activity limitations
e16s_7:
With a stroke survivor, advise, prepare and plan a return to work or education and how they can be supported on the return to work pathway
e16s_8:
Advise employers/educators about stroke and its effects and negotiate a return to work of the stroke survivor
e16s_9:
Communicate stroke-related deficits to employers, colleagues, educators, family members and friends
e16s_10:
Give benefits advice or refer
e16s_11:
Carry out a workplace assessment and risk assessment, or refer
e16s_12:
Carry out job analysis, or refer
e16s_13:
Set goals for work return/retention
e16s_14:
Case manage and refer to a case management service for a return to work after stroke
e16s_15:
Implement guidelines in practice
e16s_16:
Help the stroke survivor to remain in work, review the stroke survivor at work/in education and advise on workplace accommodations