SUPPORTING RETURN TO WORK PLANS
This memo is sent to teams who have a worker returning to the workforce on a return-to-work plan (RTWP) through a workers compensation claim.
RTWP’s are carefully devised with the worker in consultation with a GP, the insurance company, and the Rehabilitation Provider. NWSS must implement the plan.
A RTWP is usually gradual towards the pre-injury workload.
It is critical for teams to acknowledge the importance of this process and follow supportive directions.
· Maintain a sensitive and supportive contribution to the plan
· Don’t judge, assess, or confront the worker on performance issues
· Employees in RTWP’s have a right to confidentiality that must be honoured
· REPORT ANY CONCERNS TO THE SERVICE COORDINATOR WHO WILL IMMEDIATELY CONSULT THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
NWSS must report back to the GP, the insurance company and the Rehabilitation Provider on progress and the need for any adjustment to the plan.
Please remember, that if you ever find yourself subject to a workers compensation claim and rehabilitation you can expect the same supportive approach that is outlined in this memo.
Neal Rodwell — General Manager — North West Support Services — 0418 140 000