A vocation (Latin vocātiō - a call, summons) is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified.
Once home from hospital, people often look towards returning to work. This is often a big challenge, whether you have cognitive or physical problems after injury.
Evidence shows that people who have brain injury benefit from specialist ‘vocational rehabilitation’ just as they benefit from specialist ‘neuro-rehab’. This means working with therapists who understand neurological conditions first and foremost, but have the added experience of how this fits into the work environment and the legislation/resources around it.
We are a provider of community-based vocational neuro-rehab. It is a mouthful, but we think it is the right approach.
“A specialist vocational rehabilitation service for people with long term neurological conditions is characterised by:
- a multi-disciplinary team, with
- expertise in Long term neurological conditions, and
- expertise in Vocational Rehabilitation who through
- shared education and learning and by
- working with employees and employers in the work-place
- can meet the needs of the majority of their patients/clients.”
A seamless transition from rehab to work
Often rehab starts at home and in your community. The next step is often focus on work. This is actually the inspiration for our name. “Neuro Rehab goes to Work” was just a bit too long.
We help people to implement learned skills and strategies from home into the workplace. We think that this should be seamless – no need to start from scratch when you start vocational rehab. For example, you may learn ways to manage fatigue or memory problems at home. You will probably use similar strategies at work, just adapted.
How we fit in.
As with our other services, Occupational Therapy takes a lead, with the option of pulling in other disciplines depending on your needs.
The key feature of our approach is to help you reach your vocational potential through tailoring assessments and return to work programmes – as an extension of your rehabilitation. If and when we think you need a different approach than we can offer, we will tell you and help link you in with the right service.
We will begin by gaining a good understanding of your work history, skills and aims for vocation. We work closely with partners and other organisations, such as JobCentre, as well as your employer and other professionals you may be working with. We work using a combination of standardised and functional assessments.
- If you are returning to an existing job, we will complete work site assessments and design a bespoke return to work programme that matches where you are in your rehabilitation journey.
- If you don’t have a job yet, we can give advice about what is realistic and achievable, and help you find options for work that match your capabilities and interests.
- When it may not be possible to return to paid work, we can help you to engage in meaningful alternative roles. This may be volunteering or leisure activities, either independently or with a support worker.
The key feature of our approach is to help you reach your potential and have meaningful vocational experiences in your life.