Returning to work after a period of absence can be difficult, especially for individuals who have been off sick with a psychological issue, such as anxiety, trauma, an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or other mental health issue. A return to work programme provides employees with the professional support they need to overcome a variety of mental health concerns and complexities that might otherwise result in long-term absence or performance issues.
Return to work programmes for a post-pandemic era
Mental health issues, which were already a major cause of absence in the UK, have worsened during the pandemic. Meaning providing employees with the right psychological support after a period of absence is crucial to enabling them to return to work after sickness.
Maybe your employees have been exposed to trauma, are struggling with increased stress or anxiety or experiencing burnout. Or perhaps someone has been on furlough for so long they’ve become clinically anxious about returning to the physical workplace. Our return to work services are here to help.
Get your people back to work
Effective return to work services
Our return to work programme offers a stepped care approach that provides employees with access to the right clinical support at the right time.
As well as enabling you to get your people to get back to work, our focus is also on supporting managers, who might otherwise struggle to manage a mental health absence.
A return to work programme provides employees with the professional support they need to overcome a variety of mental health concerns and complexities that might otherwise result in long-term absence or performance issues.Request a call back to learn more
Employee counselling features
A return to work risk assessment is provided to identify the psychological barriers preventing the employee from returning or performing at work.
Cost effective support
Insights from the clinical assessment are used to outline appropriate treatment options for an efficient and cost effective recovery.
Clear treatment plan
We implement a clear treatment strategy, featuring milestones and a document with firm recommendations regarding fitness to work.
Support for managers
Managers are provided with strategies on how best to support the employee’s return to work programme and facilitate a phased return if needed.
The right treatment option
Return to work after sickness
Depending on the results of the initial assessment, treatments may include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-based CBT
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Guided Self-Management to Skill Development & Coaching
Return to work services FAQ'S
Frequently asked questions
Every person who has a mental health condition is different in terms of their experiences, challenges, their causes of mental ill-health and how they respond to the therapy provided by a return to work programme. That’s why we provide an upfront return to work risk assessment, to understand the underlying issues and provide recommendations on the treatment required, time and cost required to provide this and likely prognosis for recovery.
Yes. In addition to our mental health return to work services, we also provide occupational health return to work services, or a mixture of the two, because even after someone has physically recovered from an operation anxiety about returning to work or how their role might have changed in their absence can prove just as debilitating as the original illness. While people affected by Long Covid, for example, need help to overcome both physical and mental symptoms.
A stepped care approach is based on the NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which matches treatment to the individual’s needs. Moving them up or down a ‘step’ depending on how they are responding to a particular therapy. For example, once they no longer require counselling, they can be provided with digital tools to continue managing their recovery, to ensure the most effective, least intrusive and cost-effective treatment.
Yes. Part of the success criteria we use involves a return on investment (ROI) analysis to weight up the cost of salary, extra staff training costs and other business costs associated with the employees absence or presenteeism issues. This can then be weighed up against the cost of providing return to work services to decide if investment in this represents a reasonable step for the employer to take and the ROI associated with returning absent people to work.
Our return to work services are designed to not only help employees, but also to provide managers with valuable support. It’s therefore the manager who raises a management referral for the employee to be considered for the programme. Managers are kept updated on progress and provided with valuable support, in terms of how best to communicate with the employee, provide work that aids their recovery and increase their working ability as their symptoms improve.
We provide an upfront return to work risk assessment, to understand the underlying issues and provide recommendations on the treatment required, time and cost required to provide this and likely prognosis for recovery.Request a call back to learn more
Benefits of working with us
Return to work services
Rehabilitate skilled employees
PAM Wellbeing has the expertise needed to get people working again
Make managers feel supported
Our approach supports both managers and individuals
Build corporate resilience
We give people long-term strategies for managing mental health
Prove a return on your investment
We help to calculate the savings generated by reducing absence