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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.
Individuals can be seen in a variety of settings to include the Buckland Centre in Boscombe, home setting, the workplace or other community setting.
Individuals can access the service even if they are not off sick but are finding work challenging and fearful that they may not be able to continue. Early intervention could help reduce the need to go off sick.
As Occupational Therapists we focus on health needs around work and we will work with individuals to create a realistic “Employment plan”.
We are able to offer support in the following areas:-
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