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Is long-term sickness preventing you from working?

How Physiotherapy Can Support Return to Work

Physiotherapy can support return to work by providing the following services:

  • Assessing and certifying fitness for work: Physiotherapists can assess and certify fitness for work by using standardized tools and criteria to evaluate the functional capacity and work-related limitations of a person. Physiotherap

ists can also issue a statement of fitness for work (also known as a fit note) that indicates whether a person is fit for work, may be fit for work with some adjustments or is not fit for work.

  • Making workplace adjustments: Physiotherapists can make workplace adjustments by recommending changes to the work environment, equipment, tasks or schedule that can accommodate the needs and abilities of a person. Physiotherapists can also provide ergonomic advice including workstation modifications (DSE)

and education to prevent or reduce work-related injuries or illnesses.

  • Keeping in touch with people on sickness absence: Physiotherapists can keep in touch with people on sickness absence by providing regular communication, support and feedback on their progress and expectations. Physiotherapists can also liaise with employers, managers, occupational health professionals and other stakeholders to facilitate a smooth and sustainable return to work.

  • Early intervention: Physiotherapists can provide early intervention by offering timely access to physiotherapy services for people who are at risk of developing long term sickness absence or who have recently become absent from work due to a health condition

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