This week the RCOT Specialist Section for work @RCOT_Work will be hosting here is what thy had to say.
Work is one of the most significant determinants of health and life expectancy. Occupational therapists can give people the skills, belief and confidence to remain in or return to work, which benefits their longer-term health outcomes.
Workers who are injured or become ill on the job are best able to return-to-work or stay in work when stakeholders (occupational therapist, client and line manager or HR department) involved in their case collaborate and communicate.
In our experience particular communication challenges include managing how our feedback is delivered to client’s with limited insight in a way that is honest but preserves their wellbeing, as well as how to share information with the client’s workplace in a way that preserves dignity and trust whilst being robust, relevant and applicable in order for the employer to gain awareness of the client’s condition.
In this OTalk we would like to hear from other OTs working in the field of occupational health or vocational rehabilitation about their experience of managing these difficulties by asking the following questions:
- How can we facilitate a return to work for a client with poor insight?
- What methods have you used to give honest feedback to the employer in work meetings whilst maintaining the client’s trust?
- How do you manage risk when things don’t go to plan?
- How do you stay up to date with the latest evidence?
- Final thoughts, any additional resources you would like to share.
The RCOT Specialist Section for work hope that information shared within this discussion allows participants to expand their knowledge and awareness about this growing field of practice.