A successful return-to-work journey requires a team that works together, stays connected and shares their knowledge and expertise. It also requires a plan that starts with each member clearly understanding their roles and responsibilities – to you and to the team.
So, meet the people in your corner and learn about their roles and how you can work together for a safe recovery.
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Your employer plays a primary role in your recovery plan throughout the entire process, from reaching out to your WorkSafeNB and health care partners, to providing modified duties as part of your recovery.
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Case management is a way of co-ordinating the treatments and services you need to get better with everyone involved in your case – you, your employer and your health care providers. Case managers are dedicated to supporting you in your recovery and return to work as soon as it is safe. Your WorkSafeNB case manager is your main contact with WorkSafeNB and all other team members, and is responsible for overseeing your rehabilitation and return-to-work plan. Other team members may include an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, a rehabilitation specialist, and a medical adviser.
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Your health care provider plays a vital role in formulating a plan for your successful return-to-work. They also understand the importance of helping you stay active and connected. Depending on your injury, your health care providers may include your family physician or nurse practitioner, surgeon, physiotherapist, psychologist, and occupational therapist.
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Beyond legal obligations, your employer plays the most important role in your recovery and successful return to the workplace. By staying in touch with you, and providing modified duties, your employer is instrumental to your recovery and safe return to your pre-injury job. And if you are unable to return to your pre-injury job, your employer has certain obligations for accommodation under the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Human Rights Act. It is recongized that by staying at work, performing safe modified duties, you may recover faster.
Here are some roles your employer plays:
Your WorkSafeNB case manager is committed to supporting you through your recovery and minimizing the impact of injury in your life. They want to help you return to your normal routines, as soon and as safely as possible. Here are some of the things your case manager does:
Your case manager will invite you to be an active participant in your recovery and return to work. A meeting is simply a conversation between you and your case manager to review information together and answer your questions. Meetings may be face-to-face or over the phone, and may include your employer and health care providers to talk about adjustments to your treatment plan and to keep everyone informed and on the same page.
Your health care providers want to set you on the best path possible to recovery. They work closely with you, your employer, and your WorkSafeNB case manager to create a plan that helps you stay connected and involved in the process. Here are some of your health care providers' responsibilities:
Modified duties are any temporary changes to your job that align with your functional abilities after injury. In other words, duties that match what you are able to do.
Modified duties are designed to be meaningful and productive, to help you recover and contribute to valuable work.
If you are unable to return to your job after injury, a health care provider will perform a functional scan. In addition to mapping out a road to recovery, the health care provider works with your WorkSafeNB case management team to determine suitable modified duties and a date when they can be implemented as part of your return-to-work plan.
Modified duties play an important role in your recovery. When you return to modified duties, your team will work with you to assess and progressively increase your duties as your ability improves. From the outset, your team will work with you to determine a date for you to return to regular duties, and, together, will help you get there.
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