The programme is suited to individuals whose ill-health is resulting in predominant symptoms of fatigue and pain. These symptoms will be limiting their daily activities, including their ability to work. The programme supports conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and Covid-19. Also, cancer, neurological and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Individuals should be motivated to improve their level of function in daily activity. Their end-goal should be return to work and sustained work engagement if already at work but experiencing difficulty. Referral to the programme is not appropriate where surgery is pending.
The programme is delivered on a one-to-one basis. It comprises seven one-hour remote sessions. Where the individual needs further time to achieve work readiness the programme limits to five sessions. These sessions focus on supporting health management and engagement in daily activities. Where appropriate, home-based work preparation activity is introduced during these sessions. This aims to support transition back to work by helping build stamina and confidence. The Healthy Work Balance sessions complete when the individual has progressed to work readiness. The full programme of seven sessions is delivered consecutively where the individual is work ready.
The programme supports individuals manage their health through greater understanding and practical strategies. The Consultant provides and signposts the client to tools, resources, and further support where appropriate. This might be practical, medical, or therapeutic support.
The Activity sessions help individuals analyse their own activity levels. They learn how to adapt their activity behaviours for a healthier balance. They are supported with activity planning and provided tools to manage setbacks and to progress their recovery.
The Healthy Work Balance sessions help individuals apply insights to a sustained return to work. This includes developing a personalised Energy Recovery Plan and Workplace Strategy Plan. These tools detail practical strategies to assist manage workloads and health at work.
Where appropriate, the programme can be delivered as separate modules. This may form part of case management directed by the Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant. Or in response to a specific one-off referral by a referring party where an individual is at work but experiencing difficulty. The Relaxation and Healthy Work Balance modules help by building personal resilience to sustain work.
“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how fantastic I have found the Work-focused Functional Rehabilitation Program over the past few weeks. I’ve been really impressed by the content and your delivery, and I feel that you have given me the tools and knowledge to move forward. I particularly enjoyed the relaxation elements, energy conservation and the activity planning workbooks – but the whole course has been awesome. I have already started implementing many of the tools and techniques you have shared – so I’d give the content and delivery 10 out of 10.”