Occupational Therapy Vocational Clinic
Helping you to stay in work
Are you struggling to work with health problems or currently off sick?
The surgery is offering a free clinic, run by occupational therapists that could help people with both physical and mental health difficulties stay or get back to work
What does the Clinic do?
The clinic offers free, independent and confidential help and advice to people who are either:
- Going to work but struggling due to health problems.
- In work but currently off sick from work. You may be using a GP fit note .
The occupational therapist in the clinic will offer strategies on how to look after yourself so you can continue working. They are qualified to help with both your physical and mental health.
Is it for me?
The clinic sees people with:
- muscle/bone aches and pains (like back pain or arthritis).
- mental health problems like anxiety or depression.
To use this clinic you must:
- Be employed or self-employed.
- Have muscle/bone and/or mental health problems. You may have other health difficulties too like heart problems.
- Be aged between 18 and 80 years.
What doesn’t the clinic do?
The clinic is not part of any occupational health service you may be using via your employer. It cannot see unemployed people or help with welfare benefits or work tribunals.
What happens at the appointment?
- The occupational therapist will talk to you about how your health affects your job.
- You will be given an Advisory Fitness for Work Report with tips about how to manage the demands of your job. You can share this with your GP and employer if you wish to help them to understand your health needs.
- The Advisory Fitness for Work Report can be used by your employer as evidence for Statutory Sick Pay if you are currently signed off sick from work.
We will have an Occupational Therapist at each of our sites. Please download the corresponding leaflet.