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Educational tool on low back pain.

Educational tool on low back pain. | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it

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The aim of this project was to develop an educational tool on lower back pain for GPs & Physiotherapists, initially in the West of Scotland, with a view to having national transferability.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, September 23, 2013 4:16 AM

Excellent resource from a collaboration between NHS Education and partners. Concise info and some good images for teaching and practice.

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Research helps people with social phobia face their fears - Medical Xpress

Research helps people with social phobia face their fears - Medical Xpress | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Research helps people with social phobia face their fears Medical Xpress A new study from the lab looked at one of the most popular non-drug methods to treat social anxiety disorder – cognitive behavioral therapy – to see what changes happen in the...
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This article explores the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for people with social anxiety disorder. 

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Social Media Use By People With Chronic Pain – A Global Online Survey (Preliminary Results)

Social Media Use By People With Chronic Pain – A Global Online Survey (Preliminary Results) | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
We recently ran a global online survey targeting People With Chronic Pain (PWCP) as a result of various chronic diseases who have used social media as part of self-management. The aim of the survey...

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A really interesting article, particularly for anyone wanting to understand more about the potential impact of social media accessed 'tools' to help self-manage pain.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:38 AM

This interesting survey (231 responses) captures information about social media use and some interesting data on pain and its impact on daily life. Of particular note to OTs is the intresting finding of "preliminary support for a positive role social media may play in managing areas such as ‘social and recreational life’ and ‘psychosocial health status."

Jacqueline Goguen (AbleIAm.com)'s curator insight, August 17, 2013 11:02 AM

Blessings,

Jacqui

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Therapies 'moderately improve' CFS - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Therapies 'moderately improve' CFS - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Therapies 'moderately improve' CFS
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After one year, both CBT and exercise therapy in combination with specialised care were associated with the greatest improvements in physical function and fatigue.
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Those interested in helping people back to work with CFS, will be interested to see this research summary. The trial supports the potential role of CBT and exercise therapy as additional therapies in the care of people with CFS. The authors advise that further study is now needed to identify how these therapies can be most effectively used in combination with medical care.

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New project aims to get stroke survivors in Nottingham back to work ...

New project aims to get stroke survivors in Nottingham back to work ... | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
The OT will carry out detailed assessments of the person, their job and their workplace and deliver specialist rehabilitation tailored to the patient's specific needs. The OT will act ...
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It's great to see more local initiatives like this, that recognise the importance of work reintegration after stroke and I look forward to reading about the outcomes in due course.

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More flexibility at work: what leaders say - Telegraph.co.uk

More flexibility at work: what leaders say - Telegraph.co.uk | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
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More flexibility at work: what leaders say
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The Coalition Government believes that a more flexible approach to working practices can deliver real benefits for business, the economy and families.
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We know that flexible working approaches can be important in the success of a return to work plan, and can form one of the pillars of support for an individual recovering from ill health or managing a chronic condition, to enable them to remain in work. It's encouraging to see senior business leaders promoting the business benefits of a more flexible and agile workforce overall.

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Pain Concern » Amitriptyline

Pain Concern » Amitriptyline | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it

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A useful, easily read summary that explains how amitriptyline works, including information on possible side effects that might be experienced, especially in the early stages.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, May 29, 2013 4:51 AM

Useful patient friendly overview of the (analgesic) role of amitryptyline in pain management.

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How the Frost/Black report could shake up occupational health - PersonnelToday.com

How the Frost/Black report could shake up occupational health PersonnelToday.com Christina Butterworth, president of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners, agrees this is a worry: "I am so glad that the Government has responded...
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This is probably the most useful article I've read so far, about the Government's planned establishment of a Health and Work Assessment and Advisory service during 2014.

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Occupational health's role in preventing hearing loss - PersonnelToday.com

Occupational health's role in preventing hearing loss - PersonnelToday.com | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Occupational health's role in preventing hearing loss
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Any OH practitioner who is likely to find themselves working in an environment where noise is a risk needs an understanding of how hearing loss can come about.
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A useful summary of the relevant workplace factors, which may help you identify if & when to suggest an OH assessment or review.

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Health Insurance - Occupational Health - Emails making UK workers 'more stressed than ever'

Daily barrage of messages putting employees at risk, researchers claim (DON'T READ THIS. Emails can make you ill. http://t.co/XYeX9PNJ9N)
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No surprises here, but a reason to pause for thought & perhaps pick up the phone rather than send yet another email....

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Building Self-Confidence - Prepare Yourself for Success - Stress Management Skills from Mind Tools

Building Self-Confidence - Prepare Yourself for Success - Stress Management Skills from Mind Tools | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
You CAN become be self-confident! Learn how to build self-confidence that will really last with our 3-step action plan and video.

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I love the comprehensive range of Mind Tools resources. I'm flagging this one as a resource to share with employees that may need to develop self-confidence as part of their return to work preparation &/or for the longer term, to help them best manage challenges associated with work.

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1. Active support for self management | The King's Fund

1. Active support for self management | The King's Fund | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Active support for self management | The King's Fund http://t.co/MYky19qsdO

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A useful read for anyone interested in the value of self-management programmes for chronic conditions. There are also some useful links to related material.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:10 AM

Interesting emphasis on self management as co-production. The way to go I think..

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Work Programme 'is giving least help to worst off' and failing single parents - The Independent

Work Programme 'is giving least help to worst off' and failing single parents - The Independent | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Work Programme 'is giving least help to worst off' and failing single parents The Independent Although contracts are designed to give the providers an incentive to get the long-term unemployed into work, they are not having this...
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An inquiry by MPs (Work & Pensions Select Committee) has found that, "“The Work Programme has proved much less successful to date in addressing the problems faced by jobseekers who face more serious obstacles to finding a job – people with disabilities, homeless people, and those with a history of drug or alcohol abuse."

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CatchMyPain – The Pain Diary

CatchMyPain – The Pain Diary | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it

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Worth a look - could be a useful resource for anyone striving to self-manage pain & make the most of their contact time with health professionals supporting them in this context.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:48 AM

This App is designed to facillitate the consultation process with health care professionals particularly where continuity is an issue. I've not tried this yet but looks interesting, let me know what you think.

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WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma - World Health Organization (press release)

WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma - World Health Organization (press release) | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
UN News Centre WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma World Health Organization (press release) In addition, referral for advanced treatments such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or a new technique called eye movement...
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A summary of new care protocols for post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of trauma & loss.
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A workout at work: 12 office exercises - The Washington Post

A workout at work: 12 office exercises - The Washington Post | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
12 exercises you can do at the office durng the work day. These moves were recommended by experts whose jobs involve studying motion, preventing obesity and generally getting people off their duffs. (A workout at work?
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Click on each person to see a demo of the recommended exercises!

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Teaching Doctors How to Think

Teaching Doctors How to Think | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Clinical decision-making will always be imperfect. But there are ways to make it better. (Teaching Doctors How to Think http://t.co/YvwlZ2IorQ)
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A thought provoking article - worth a read.

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Work Stress: 5 Tension-Busting Tricks From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Huffington Post

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Work Stress: 5 Tension-Busting Tricks From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Simple practices derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help.
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A useful, practical resource, that may be helpful to share with employees transitioning back to work, as part of their developing self-management 'tool-kits'.

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Flagship scheme to get long-term unemployed into work 'flopped in Wales' - WalesOnline

WalesOnline Flagship scheme to get long-term unemployed into work 'flopped in Wales' WalesOnline The ERSA - the trade body that represents organisations that provide welfare to work schemes - says of the 1.2 million people referred to the programme...
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American Chronic Pain Association

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The American Chronic Pain Association - support and education in pain management for people with pain, family, friends, and health care professionals.

Via Dr Derek Jones
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This site is well worth a look for it's resources & links, with guidance for health professionals & also individuals living with pain. For example, I spotted 2 potentially useful, practical resources; (i) the Pain Log & (ii) the Living With Arthritis Ability Chart.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, June 13, 2013 6:52 AM

Excellent collection of resources.

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Royal College of Physicians launches occupational health audit tools - PersonnelToday.com

Royal College of Physicians launches occupational health audit tools PersonnelToday.com The Royal College of Physicians' Health and Work Development Unit is launching two audit and quality improvement projects for occupational health physicians,...
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Useful to be aware of these developments that will impact on both private & NHS Occupational Health providers. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Health & Excellence) are also involved.

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Health and work assessment service could supplant occupational health - PersonnelToday.com

Health and work assessment service could supplant occupational health - PersonnelToday.com | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Health and work assessment service could supplant occupational health PersonnelToday.com The Commercial Occupational Health Providers' Association (COHPA) has expressed disquiet at comments made by welfare minister Lord Freud in April about the...
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Another perspective on the Government's planned introduction of the health & work assessment service. 

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New SOM president to focus on single occupational health organisation - 6/3/2013 - Personnel Today

New SOM president to focus on single occupational health organisation - 6/3/2013 - Personnel Today | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
Occupational-Health (UK - New SOM president to focus on single occupational health organisation - Personnel Today http://t.co/ELEVaz6YCY #occupationalhealth)...
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For those of you interested in the work of the Society of Occupational Medicine.

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Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic Pain

Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic Pain | Vocational Rehabilitation | Scoop.it
By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S. When we’re in pain, we want it to go away. Immediately. And that’s understandable. Chronic pain is frustrating and debilitating, said Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, a ...

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For anyone who wants to discover more about the application of Mindfulness to chronic pain, & this is certainly a hot topic at the moment!

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The Work Programme is failing the taxpayer - The Guardian

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The Work Programme is failing the taxpayer
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After six months of deliberation, the work and pensions select committee this week publishes its second report into the Work Programme (WP).
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More on the weaknesses of the Work Programme.

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