Rapid access to treatment

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30 / 10 / 2015 Midnight

Rapid access is a system which will secure rehabilitation and occupational health treatment for NHS employees with a view to facilitating a return to work which is, as fast as practical, and reasonable.

Our guidance Rapid access to treatment and rehabilitaion for NHS staff published July 2012 is aimed at trust boards making decisions about how to manage rapid access services for staff in their organisation. It supports the core services set out in the NHS Health and Wellbeing Improvement Framework (2011) which emphasised the importance of:

  • timely intervention – easy and early treatment for the main causes of sickness absence in the NHS 
  • rehabilitation – to help staff stay in work during illness or return to work after illness.
Download the framework from the gov.uk website.

Example policies

The following example policies may help you when creating your own:

Evaluating rapid access

We have also written a report with Zeal Solutions, which looks at how to robustly evaluate health and wellbeing interventions. The report has an in-depth case study from the rapid access to physiotherapy service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more, read Evaluating health and wellbeing interventions.

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