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We are a Dorset wide NHS service and work with people with long term health conditions who want to retain their current job, gets back to paid work or find suitable voluntary work.
* Due to Covid-19 measures we are unable to offer Group work and workshops at present however we are finding new ways to deliver our service. Please contact the service on 01202 443100 with your enquiries. We are mainly working remotely however messages are collected regularly and passed to the most appropriate person to answer your enquiry.
If you are physically unwell and concerned you, or someone close to you, has possibly been infected with Covid-19, do start with the NHS website for guidance.
There is a lot of advice appearing, specifically relating to keeping well during this current virus related lockdown. Some of the most useful we have come across are below. Do scroll down – the advice is quite comprehensive, with links varying from home workouts to managing anxiety, sleep and guidance on mindfulness.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has some "Top Tips" for staying well, but also some sound advice on staying well when Social Distancing
This is a very good guide to managing stress (not just during this current situation) :-
Please note you cannot download this, you have to read it online.
Do look at the page on our site - Relaxation and Mindfulness - which has some helpful videos.
Bournemouth Poole and Christchurch Council have launched a helpline to support isolated people with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as relief from loneliness.
0300 1237052 - Available from 8am to 8pm seven days a week For the rest of Dorset you can call 01305 221000
If you are being “furloughed” this link is worth pursuing:-
But do also check the Governments own guidance.
At Vocational Services we offer specialist vocational rehabilitation and work to help people with long term health conditions who are in paid employment and need support to retain or maintain their job. The team of Occupational Therapists are able to support in a variety of settings depending on the needs of the individual i.e workplace, NHS property, individuals home, other community setting. Support is offered to both the employee and employer. Interventions are offered in a variety of settings including the workplace as required.
Some examples of our interventions are as follows:-
To access our service you need to be referred by a health professional. For further information you can speak to one of the team on 01202 443100.
Following an initial assessment a treatment/ employment plan is agreed to include the steps that will help on the individual journey back to work whether that be paid work or voluntary. Signposting to other services where appropriate.Some examples of help available are:-
If you are in work at the moment and would value some free health support Vocational Services can provide support for both you and your employer. It could be that you are currently off sick due to a long term health condition or you are struggling to keep going at work and fearful about carrying on with work. As an NHS organisation we are independent and impartial and are able to provide support and guidance around your health condition and work role. We could offer support in a variety of ways according to needs and preferences:-
There are several organisations that can help provide information to both employers and employees on different aspects of the workplace, you may find the following useful.
Referrals needs to be made through your GP or health professional . More information here