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Work after a Stroke. Quality marker 16 of the National Stroke Strategy, Return to Work, says, 'People who have had a stroke and their carers are enabled to participate in paid, supported and voluntary employment'.

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Work after a stroke

Work after a Stroke

Quality marker 16 of the National Stroke Strategy, Return to Work, says, 'People who have had a stroke and their carers areenabled to participate in paid, supported and voluntary employment'.


Work after a stroke

‘Studies show that work is good for physical and mental health. The inter-relationship between health, work and well-being was recognised by the Commissioning Framework for Well-being. The workplace allows people both economic benefits and valuable social relationships. Many workplaces could offer simple, reasonable adjustments to enable people who have had a stroke to return to work, and are required to do so under the Disability and Discrimination Act 1995'(page 47, National Stroke Strategy, 2007)


Work after a stroke

Advice to stay off work is a major clinical intervention with potentially serious long-term consequences

Disability following stroke can often be accommodated at work with appropriate adjustments and support

Planning and supporting return to work are important parts of clinical management

(‘Advising Patients about Work’, TSO 2007)


Key points

Key points

A person does not need to be ready to get a job, return to work or be 100% fit to access support. You can benefit from support at a very early stage

Finding out about work will not affect benefit entitlement

You will be supported to work at your own pace and not be pressured into taking a job or returning to work


Making an effective referral for support

Making an effective referral for support

Discuss local services available

If you consent, the service will be contacted to arrange referral

If you prefer to self-refer, you will be provided with contact details of service

The service will follow up with you if possible to discuss outcome of referral

The service will be prepared to speak to employer if you consent


Services available for people who are unemployed

Services available for people who are unemployed

  • East Dunbartonshire – Careers Scotland 0845 8502 502 and Jobcentre Plus 0845 6060 234

  • East Renfrewshire – Worker Employability Service 0141 577 8438

  • Glasgow City (see further slide)

  • Inverclyde – Inverclyde Community Development Trust 01475 553 349


Services available for people who are unemployed continued

Services available for people who are unemployed continued

  • North Lanarkshire – North Lanarkshire's Working 0800 0730 226

  • Renfrewshire – as for East Dunbartonshire

  • South Lanarkshire – Lanarkshire Equally Well Service 0800 141 2865

  • West Dunbartonshire – ‘Make it Work’ Key work Project 0800 923 0070


Services available for people who are unemployed continued1

Services available for people who are unemployed continued

  • Glasgow City Bridging Service –

    CHP South - 0141 585 8252

    CHP Northwest - 0141 949 4949

    CHP Northeast - 0141 781 4020


Services available for people who are in employment

Services available for people who are in employment

  • Careers Scotland – 0845 8502 502 www.careers-scotland.org.uk/home/home.asp

  • Jobcentre Plus/ Disability employment Advisor – 0845 6060 234 www.direct.gov.uk/en/disabledpeople/employmentsupport/index.htm

  • Working Health Services (for people employed in companies with less than 250 employees) 0800 019 2211


Services available continued

Services available continued:

Access to Work might pay towards a support worker, equipment for work, cost of commuting etc www.direct.gov.uk

Connect to Work – help to develop skills, 0141 248 2864

Department for Work and Pensions Work Choice supporting disabled people in employment, www.dwp.gov.uk

Momentum provide opportunities for people with disabilities resume work, 0141 419 5299

Workability provide training, IT equipment & support, 0131 346 9040


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