Purpose of the Service
To provide a full picture of the individual's current situation to facilitate an early return to work
What is an Initial Needs Vocational Rehabilitation Assessment?
This assessment (sometimes known as a Return to Work [RTW] Assessment) aims to establish rapport and engage the person early in their vocational rehabilitation programme. We use a holistic approach to gather information to gain a full picture of the individual’s current situation including symptoms, treatment, physical, cognitive and mental functioning together with psychosocial strengths and barriers to returning to work. If the claimant is not ready for a RTW the assessor will identify any treatment, preparation or assistance required to assist the individual to move into employment. This may include a Vocational Action Plan for the individual to identify Vocational Goals and steps to achieve the goal which provides the basis for rehabilitation and vocational case management.
This information is included in a comprehensive report that identifies the individuals needs and provides recommendations to overcome the identified barriers and support the person and their employer with their return to work. A costed Rehab Plan with timeframes will be provided to assist the insurer.
Who is this suitable for?
This type of assessment is helpful for people with a disability or health condition where their rehabilitation potential is unknown or it is felt they may benefit from assistance to return to or remain in work. It will help the insurer to understand what assistance is required to achieve a safe and sustained return to work. It is also helpful in cases where the individual has a deteriorating condition and their work situation needs to be reassessed.