Getting to Grips With Long – COVID

Getting to Grips With Long - COVID

The real burden of Long-COVID is just starting to show and early indications suggest that occupational health and HR will need to join forces to create and implement strategies to provide early interventions and support for employees with life-changing complications such as fatigue, cognitive impairment, breathlessness, anxiety, depression and joint and muscle pain. The timing for our Health and Wellbeing at Work event could not be better, profiling case studies and guidance that will give you the tools to support your workforce.

Join is for the Big Debate: The Burden of Long-COVID to the Future of Work with Dr Robin Cordell (Council for Work and Health), GP Dr Rob Hampton, Dr Steven Nimmo (Faculty of Occupational Medicine) and Genevieve Smyth (Royal College of Occupational Therapists)

Occupational Psychology Contributions to Managing Long-COVID in the Workplace Karen Royle and Georgina Wong

Occupational Psychologists Karen Royle and Georgina Wong look at the latest research into Long-COVID and its impacts on the performance of individuals and teams within the workforce. They profile some strategies that can be used to manage symptoms, with a particular focus on chronic fatigue and brain fog, and demonstrate how occupational psychology can contribute to the vocational rehabilitation paths of people with Long-COVID in facilitating a successful return to work.

Lungs at Work: Occupational Lung Disease During and After the Pandemic

The Lungs at Work team at the Royal Brompton Hospital London and National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London have been at the forefront of managing the COVID pandemic. Specialising in work-related lung disease, they share their thoughts and experiences on managing the respiratory impact of the pandemic.

Recovering from COVID-19: Return to Work Guidance from ACPOHE and What Employers Need to Know

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) have just launched guidance to assist all physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals in supporting employees to rehabilitate and successfully return to work following COVID-19. ACPOHE’s Vice Chair Nicola Suckley and Education Officer Katherine Roberts highlight advice around having relevant work conversations with patients, how to use a biopsychosocial and occupational approach as well as assessment, intervention and long-term management of employees. Nicola also teams up with colleague Dr Julie Denning to draw upon their experience at Working to Wellbeing on providing clinical health coaching and vocational rehabilitation for people with Long-COVID symptoms. Using case studies, they will discuss the type of support that employers can provide to reduce sickness absence and increase performance.

Post-Viral Fatigue - Beverly Knops

Specialist Occupational Therapist in Fatigue and Pain, Beverly Knops, shares her experience so far of working with people with ‘longtail’ symptoms post-COVID. Her case stories illustrate successful rehabilitation programmes and examples of return to work plans that employers can easily implement.

Lisa Greer

Managing the Mental Health Impact of COVID - Lisa Greer

Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist Lisa Geer and her team at NHS Lanarkshire have been pioneering work within GP surgeries around managing the impact of mental health during COVID. Looking at the key factors affecting mental wellbeing at work, she explains how employees who attend their GP surgeries seeking help, can manage these issues with the support of occupational therapists. Using case studies, she suggests helpful strategies which employees and employers can use to maximise wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.

Society of Occupational Medicine Return to Work Guide for Recovering Workers

The Society of Occupational Medicine have just launched a new leaflet for occupational health professionals on how to manage getting back to work after COVID-19 infection and Long-COVID. Available free to download from www.som.org.uk

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