The Scotland National Health Service (NHS) has awarded a five-year program to train up to 300 individuals to become Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMPs) to serve the country’s public and private sector groups dedicated to maintaining meaningful employment for workers with long term health conditions, injuries or disabilities.
Dr. Norma Clark, appointed by the Scottish Government to implement this commitment, emphasized the importance of the investment, “The Scottish Government is investing in the workforce, building a foundation of quality and governance that will impact the full breadth of services, and ultimately benefit the individual seeking employment or returning to work.”
Graham Halsey, CDMP, Director of Well Working Matters, which oversees the training and delivery of the CDMP examination in the UK, has been working with Scotland NHS since 2010 building trust and recognition in the designation, says, “This will lead to an enormous change in the recognition of the importance of return to work as part of successful clinical outcomes. It solidifies that part of recovery from an injury or impairment is to return to work. This is the first areas in the UK where we’ve seen that approach.”
Wolfgang Zimmermann, Executive Director of NIDMAR stressed, “More than 80% of mental and physical health impairments occur during people’s working lives. The leadership of the Scottish government is proactively engaging in solutions, recognizing that maintaining employment attachment is critical for the continued success and equitable economic and social participation of individuals with disabilities.”
Click the below link to read the IDMSC Communiqué with further details: IDMSC Communique Vol 13 No 39 Scottish Government funds training of 300 CDMPs June 2019-1
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