Welcome to the VRA website
The VRA represents all those involved in delivering vocational rehabilitation services. There are a number of professional groups including; Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Case Managers, Disability Employment Advisers, Job Centre Plus Personal Advisers and Employment Support workers.
At the VRA we are very much aware of the need to develop more vocational rehabilitation provision with an appropriately skilled workforce. We are keen to help and encourage Employers, the Human Resources and Occupational Health professions, to be more aware of; better understand the value of and engage in providing vocational rehabilitation.
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VRA Webinar - An introduction into the biomechanical and neuromuscular aspects of knee osteoarthritis
Please register for VRA Webinar - An introduction into the biomechanical and neuromuscular aspects of knee OA on Jul 4, 2016 1:00 PM BST at:
-Discuss basic pathophysiology of knee OA
-Introduce the biomechanical and neuromuscular considerations of OA
Thousands of people could be at risk of being denied jobs and services each year due to unlawful, discriminatory adverts, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warns.
Complaints about adverts which discriminate against older workers or on the basis of sex appear the most common but people are also being prevented from having a fair shot at work opportunities because of their disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other characteristics, according to evidence gathered by the Commission.
Practitioners will want to be aware of this recent case which highlights a broad approach to the meaning of day to day activities under the Equality Act. The case relates to a warehouse wokrer who was unable to maintain the required 'pcik rate' when lifting and moving cases.
Read a summary from Personnel Today.
This new report looks at the economic implications of six long term conditions (psoriasis, diabetic macular oedema, asthma, schizophrenia, heart failure and multiple sclerosis) in the UK, focusing specifically on the effects on employment for those of working age. It presents data on the direct and indirect costs to the UK society and, where the data exists, projects the likely impact the condition will have in the future.
The recommendations include:
A third of UK employees feel unsure about who to talk to or where to find help or support regarding mental health issues. In addition, nearly 40 per cent find it hard to talk to or open up about their mental health to anyone, according to new research released today.
New report calls for greater and sustained efforts from employers and policy makers to reap the benefits of a healthy workplace in the fast-changing world of work
Despite increased business awareness of the importance of actively supporting health and well-being in the workplace, there remains a stubborn ‘implementation gap’ in UK workplaces, which is threatening individuals’ health and long-term business sustainability.
The Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology asked the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) to provide independent advice on how the Work Programme (WP) might be operated differently in Wales in the future. The PPIW has worked closely with Dave Simmonds (Chief Executive of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion) to examine the literature and evidence in this area and provided recommendations for delivering the WP in Wales in the short and longer term.