Rehabilitation, in the health context, involves facilitating optimal participation for disadvantaged individuals in society; and vocational rehabilitation maximises participation in the workforce. Vocational rehabilitation professionals (VRPs) are mostly health/rehabilitation professionals who specialise in understanding the world of employment although a few are employment experts with specialist knowledge of health/disability issues. VRPs assist those who have difficulties in entering the workforce, those having difficulties with their current jobs and those who are out of work but seeking help to re-enter employment.
The VRA represents all those involved in delivering vocational rehabilitation services. A number of professional groups are involved from both health (NHS and private) and other government agencies e.g. the Department for Work and Pensions.
We are aware of the deficient vocational rehabilitation services throughout the UK and strive to develop greater vocational rehabilitation provision with an appropriately skilled workforce. We are keen to help and encourage employers (through both human resources and occupational health) to be more aware of, and better understand, the value of providing vocational rehabilitation. This assists employers by keeping their employees in spite of ill health and reducing sickness absence; and aids the economy through reducing the costs of ill-health benefits.
The Association exists to:
- help people working in the field of disability and employment
- promote and develop their personal, professional and practical skills
- maintain their awareness of a broad range of rehabilitation issues.
The Association is committed to:
- fulfilling aims that will ensure the recognition of the skills and knowledge of practitioners
- setting and furthering standards for future practitioners
- providing a competence framework for users of vocational rehabilitation services.