Helping patients return to work after serious injury

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Getting back to work after a serious injury can be difficult and often takes longer than expected. Many patients still experience issues such as pain, problems with mobility and with usual activities months after their injury. Long term sickness-absence after an injury can lead to financial problems, loss of self-esteem and confidence, relationship problems, social isolation and emotional difficulties.

A serious injury can mean jobs need to be adapted, skills need to be relearnt or new skills need to be learnt. A phased return to work may be needed or the job may no longer be suitable. Most people with a serious injury do not currently get specialised help with getting back to work.  

How this study will help patients

Our research programme will develop a return-to-work programme (called ROWTATE) specially designed for people with a wide range of injuries.

We will test whether the ROWTATE programme is feasible to provide in the NHS, how effective it is and if it saves the NHS more than it costs to provide.

The research programme starts in 2019 and ends in 2024.

It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Findings from the research will be used to help the NHS decide whether to provide the return-to-work service.

 

Find out more

The dedicated ROWTATE study website will be available soon and will provide all of the information about the study and how to take part.

In the meantime, please email your enquiries to:

Jade Kettlewell