Pre-Injury Employer Services
The purpose of pre-injury employer services is to assist the client with a safe return to work with their pre-injury employer. This may be in their pre-injury role or in another suitable role. The service is tailored to the specific circumstances of the client and takes their needs and limitations into consideration. This often involves communication with the client, the employer, the return to work specialist and the treating medical practitioner to resolve any barriers that would impact on a return to pre-injury employment and ensure the best outcome for the injured person. The focus is on returning the client to their maximum work capacity, ideally their pre-injury hours and role.
Pain Management Counselling
The primary goals of Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) are to reduce psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation progress, promote re-integration into usual activities, increase quality of life, and facilitate return-to-work. These goals are achieved through targeted treatment of psychosocial risk factors, structured activity scheduling, graded-activity involvement, goal-setting, problem-solving, and motivational enhancement. This program involves attending a one hour session for 10 weeks. View document for further information.
The purpose of vocational counselling is to prepare the client for their transition into a new employment role. This is done in accordance with current labour market trends in addition to the skills and interests of the client. This process includes a self-assessment of skills and interests as well as discussions with the client regarding their personal goals and the according pathways, training options and timelines. This service often involves supporting the client with updating their resume and preparing cover letters when new employment is being sought.
Fit For Work Services
The purpose of fit for work services is to support the client in increasing their work hours to their pre-injury hours (or as close as possible) in preparation for returning to the workforce. This often entails case conferences with the client and their medical professional to organise a gradual increase in their medically certified work capacity. It often involves work placements for the client to gain experience and increase endurance as they increase their hours. It may also involve training to improve skills when required.
Pre-injury Duties Transition
The purpose of this service is to support clients who are currently working at their pre-injury hours in a modified or alternate role to transition to their full pre-injury duties. This entails communication with the client, their employer and their medical practitioner to develop a plan for a safe and suitable transition.
Vocational Assessment is a specific assessment which takes into account work history, academic achievement, transferrable skills and psychometric testing to develop employment options. Psychometric testing typically includes career interest, personality and aptitude inventories to provide a well rounded profile of the client. At Adaptive Workplace Solutions we typically deliver this service over two sessions, because we believe that this provides a more thorough approach to this type of assessment. The first session consists of semi-structured interview and testing and the follow up session allows us to provide feedback to the client and finalise employment options. This service can be helpful when a more specialised assessment is required for one reason or another. A few examples include where the treatment team have recommended it for a specific reason, when there is uncertainty about retraining ability or attempts at vocational counselling have been unsuccessful, because the client requires more extensive testing.
Suitable Employment Assessment
Suitable employment assessment involves measurement of the client’s skills, interests and work preferences as well as labour market research to identity realistic employment goals. At least three suitable employment options are identified with information provided to demonstrate how they match the client’s skills and interests as well as realistic needs within the workforce. Appropriate pathways, training options and timelines are discussed with the client. Communication with the treating medical practitioner may also be required to assess medical suitability for the different employment options.
The purpose of a worksite assessment is to assess the physical demands of the workers duties and the current functional capacity of the worker. Recommendations are provided to the worker during the assessment to assist them in performing their duties such as modifications to movement patterns or postures. This assessment can also assist the employer and worker in identifying suitable duties and help us to develop the graduated return to work plan for a safe and sustainable return to work. The worksite assessment report assists the treating doctor in determining capacity for work and helps Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists in developing a treatment plan in line with the return to work goals. Our view is that a worksite assessment should become a primary document to assist all parties of the treatment team, employer, worker and return to work specialist in their communication.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Assessment
The purpose of this assessment is to assess the workers function related to daily personal and household tasks. Then recommendations of possible modifications are discussed with the worker for example aids, equipment or modifications to movement patterns/postures. A report is written outlining the assessment of the workers pre injury and current function related to their activities of daily living and recommendations are provided. The aim is to maintain the workers independence in performing these daily tasks.