The current state of vocational rehabilitation services

Edited by Joanne Ross

in Work, Health and Wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428080
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305637 | DOI:
The current state of vocational rehabilitation services

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‘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

Chapter.  8413 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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