Healthcare professionals' roles within UK welfare-to-work provision : a multiple case study exploration

Ceolta-Smith, J ORCID: and Kenney, CE 2021, 'Healthcare professionals' roles within UK welfare-to-work provision : a multiple case study exploration' , International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 28 (7) , pp. 1-24.

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Background/aims Healthcare professionals play an important role in vocational rehabilitation for people receiving welfare support. The research questions for this study were: how do qualified healthcare professionals operate in UK welfare-to-work settings? What factors influence healthcare professionals' practice within a UK welfare-to-work setting? Methods A qualitative methodology was adopted. Four semi-structured interviews were conducted and additional documents (the awarded Work and Health Programme bids and job descriptions) about the healthcare professionals' roles were reviewed. Inductive thematic analysis was undertaken. Results Five themes were generated from the interview data: supporting frontline staff to understand clients' health needs; moving clients with complex needs closer to work; getting it right for the client by individualising support; gaining consent and maintaining confidentiality; and seeking and organising clinical supervision. These themes were corroborated with the document data. Conclusions Healthcare professionals have a key role within welfare-to-work provision. Further research is needed to determine if the proposed healthcare professional roles have come to fruition, to identify their prevalence, and to explore their effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1759-779X **History: issued 02-07-2021; published 02-07-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 1741-1645
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Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 11:37
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 11:37

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