Working with Obair to achieve better return to work outcomes

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We work with Obair to provide best-practice, end-to-end support for individuals who have a health condition or following injury, helping them and their employers meet the challenges of their changed circumstances. Available for employees absent from work long term under a Group Income Protection policy.

A customised and objective approach is taken to identify whether someone is fit or unfit for work, which goes beyond what is often currently offered in the UK. Obair’s practitioners are world-class experts in the field of vocational rehabilitation, with a detailed understanding of the elements required when considering capacity for work.


Benefits of employees

  • Addresses all aspects of the employee and the job demands: physical, cognitive, perceptual, psychological and environment
  • Return to work assessments are tailored to the individual’s needs
  • Early intervention helps to avoid escalation of symptoms from minor to moderate
  • Identification of vocational rehabilitation barriers and solutions
  • Supporting employees to overcome barriers 

Benefits to employers

  • Obair’s clinicians spend time gaining a thorough understanding of the employee’s company and the demands of their job. This means the assessment is meaningful, and recommendations are tailored.
  • Shorter absences and fewer relapses leading to reduced absence costs
  • Objective testing to complement and validate medical information
  • Better management of their condition and quality of life
  • More accurate absence management
  • Increased employability and return to work prospects
  • Meets obligations under the Equality Act and anti-discrimination law

How Obair works with us

Our own medically trained team will carry out an assessment of all employees that are referred to us. Following our assessment, if we believe they would benefit from a Functional Capacity Assessment or Transferrable Skills Analysis, then we refer them to Obair.

A specialist clinician from Obair reviews the health information with a  a description of the employee’s role and triages each case for an assessment, which is  carried out by specialists who provide independent analysis and recommendations. Functional capacity assessments are usually carried out in a confidential meeting room and some are carried out at the employee’s home if that’s more appropriate.

Transferable Skills Analysis can be carried out at the members home, a confidential meeting room or by telephone.

Recommendations are made with a focus on a return to work. We will then arrange any necessary treatment or rehabilitation with the most appropriate healthcare specialist.

How Obair helps

  1. Obair Associates only uses occupational therapists and vocational consultants with post-graduate training, who are experts in their field for Functional Capacity Assessments. They provide an objective and independent assessment. Obair Associates uses vocational rehabilitation experts for transferable skills analysis.
  2. Occupational Therapists trained in both physical and mental health. Physical and mental health are linked as physical health conditions can impact mental health, and vice versa. Obair’s therapists consider the employee holistically and this makes for a more comprehensive assessment and analysis.
  3. Obair assessors are trained in all aspects of work from carrying out the functional assessment and analysing the demands of the job, through to looking at transferrable skills. This depth of expertise is a great benefit to the individual: assessments are thorough and robust.
  4. They have a national network of assessors, and their clinical expertise covers a broad range of areas. This means they assign the most appropriate therapist to the individual   based on issues related to physical, cognitive, mental health, chronic pain or other
  5. All of this means that the assessors are able to put forward the most appropriate recommendations for the best outcomes. It means recommendations are realistic, achievable and may include options that employers and/or employees didn’t know existed or hadn’t considered before.