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Work, Health and WellbeingThe Challenges of Managing Health at Work$
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Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson, and Ross Wilkie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428080

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.001.0001

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The current state of vocational rehabilitation services

The current state of vocational rehabilitation services

(p.95) Six The current state of vocational rehabilitation services
Work, Health and Wellbeing
Joanne Ross
Policy Press

‘Vocational rehabilitation’ is used as an umbrella term to describe a wide range of processes and interventions that enable people with a health condition, injury or disability to enter, return to or remain in work. This chapter discusses contemporary models of rehabilitation and explores the different contexts within which vocational rehabilitation is offered. These are the insurance sector, occupational health settings, and state-funded programmes such as Condition Management and private rehabilitation companies. The way in which market drivers are shaping practice within these settings is taken account of, as are tensions posed by factors such as the lack of professional regulation within the sector. Finally, the shift of focus towards early intervention, health promotion and injury prevention models is presented.

Keywords:   vocational rehabilitation, condition management, illness experience, occupational identity, early intervention

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