Report calls for more investment in occupational healthcare

Report calls for more investment in occupational healthcare

Occupational health should be part of mainstream care, according to a new report.

A report published by the Council for Work and Health suggested that occupational health should be integrated into mainstream healthcare so people with work-related illnesses get better help.

The Council is made up of  the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSO)  and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics professional network (ACPOHE).

It claims that employers should team up with healthcare providers to boost support for those who fall sick or are injured in the workplace.

Figures published within the report suggest that two million people working in 2014-15 in the UK had illnesses they believed was caused or made worse by their employment.

The study also recommended that the government should create tax incentives to encourage investment in occupational health.

In addition, it added that more physiotherapists will be needed to deliver Fit for Work, the programme sponsored by the government to support occupational health assessments and health advice for employees in England and Wales.

Speaking about the findings, Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said: “Physiotherapists are critical to supporting more people to remain at work or to enable an early return to work. All physiotherapists who assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders give advice to people to prevent problems relating to work. And they can advise if adjustments may need to be made at work.”

The report also added that there needs to be more recognition among employers about the benefits of occupational health. 

Moreover, it suggested that better planning is needed in creating occupational health schemes and the workers needed to implement them.