Therapists employed by the state will this week begin consultations with the long-term sick after ministers expressed frustration that the NHS is not doing enough to get people back work. Physiotherapists, mental health counsellors and stroke specialists hired by the Department for Work and Pensions will offer assessments to people claiming sickness benefits in an effort to reduce the number classed as unfit to work. Pilot sessions will begin in London and Birmingham, with the Government hoping to expand the scheme by hiring more therapists. Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said: “Many of our claimants have complex health conditions, and this trial will explore whether they could benefit from support from medical professionals with specialist knowledge.”
Our HR comments: – Therapy sessions start for long-term sick | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
Matthew P Chilcott, FCIPD, ACEL, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “Following recent reports and statistics in relation to increases in long term sick, it is great to see this new scheme being piloted by the Government to offer assessments to people claiming sickness benefits. It will be great for businesses to be able to seek support and advice from specialists whilst the employees affected get the support they need to return to work. At Consensus HR, we regularly help companies and employees to return to the workplace but currently consists of us either writing to their GP or seeking support from an Occupational Health Provider. All of this is a lengthy process with a number of forms having to be completed and the consent from the employee requested to seek information. Hopefully, this new pilot will prove to be a success for both the member of the team and the companies involved.”
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