Our group income protection includes proactive and funded physiotherapy treatments for employees who are off work due to musculoskeletal conditions.
To help employees with musculoskeletal issues we’ve partnered with Physiomed. They are an award-winning provider of occupational physiotherapy, with a national network of 780 physiotherapy clinics and over 2,500 physiotherapists.
They provide access to high-quality, quick, effective treatment, and that reduces lost productivity, makes for a healthier workforce and facilitates quicker returns to work.
We all like a personal recommendation when we need to find a service, and physiotherapy is no different. Physio Med provides access to hand-picked physiotherapists that have met strict criteria to be on their network and that have at least 4 years’ experience.
Time is of the essence when it comes to recovering from musculoskeletal problems.
As soon as an employer refers an employee to us, our own medically qualified clinicians carry out a triage assessment of them over the phone. This is usually after they’ve been absent from work from two to four weeks. Following our assessment, if we believe they would benefit from support from Physio Med then we refer them on.
A qualified physiotherapist from Physio Med will then conduct a face-to-face Initial Assessment with the employee to make a diagnosis and carry out the most appropriate treatment.
Following referral from us, a Relationship Manager from Physio Med calls the employee within four working hours to arrange an Initial Assessment with a Physiotherapist. An appointment is set up to take place within a maximum of five working days. So employees get quick access to treatment.
All employees have access to material developed by Physiomed, provided free of charge, to encourage good habits, to help prevent injuries.
This includes stretching and strengthening exercises, correct posture for sleeping, sitting and driving, as well as injury prevention advice. People take in information in different ways, so a mix of communication materials has been developed including infographics, articles and videos.
The focus is on preventing injuries happening, and preventing them re-occurring. It’s about a process that enables access to a quick diagnosis. The treatment is set up to enable people to access the treatment that’s right for them, quickly. All physiotherapists are hand-picked for their qualifications and expertise. When 3.5% of any workforce is likely to experience a musculoskeletal issue, having a company on hand that can look after them is a great support to both employer and employee.