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WORKPLACE ASSESSMENTS

We are able to offer individual work place assessments. This type of assessment can be sought for a multitude of reasons. All of us are different; no one job is the same, which makes each situation unique.

 

Whatever the reason, we are confident that our expertise can help you in this complex area. Often difficulties are experienced at work and the employee and/or the employer does not know what to do for the best. To help explain the types of support we offer please see below:

 

Employees

Our Occupational Therapists are highly skilled in looking at how you manage all the things you need to do in order to carry out your job. There might be things that have become more difficult, maybe due to a recent change or reconfiguration? Or, you might be seeking a confirmed diagnosis and helpful recommendations to take life forward, allowing you to apply for that promotion more confidently.

 

When things are difficult at work, life becomes stressful and your self-esteem gets chipped away. We can provide you with a detailed assessment to help you understand your own needs better and draw out your strengths. We can support you as an employee, in requesting appropriate adjustments to allow you to do the job to the best of your ability and beyond. We will spend time with you understanding your work role and environment. From there, we will develop some tailor made strategies that you can implement to help yourself, and recommendations for your employers, to help them support you.

 

As a result of assessment and increased self-knowledge, sometimes clients have become empowered to change their roles. We can help you think through your career development in light of your abilities.

 

We also routinely offer ‘Dyspraxia Awareness’ training sessions to employers to help colleagues understand this seemingly misunderstood condition.

 

Employers

We can help you ensure you have made all the appropriate (for your context) reasonable adjustments for your staff member. We can provide an up to date assessment of the person’s needs and facilitate discussion around possible support and role options in your employment setting. Our essential aim is to support you in getting the right equipment and/or strategies in place for your employee to do their job to the best of their ability.

 

We can help with referrals to Access to Work and aid the resolution of disputes or tribunal processes by providing accurate, up to date, objective information.

 

The process

  • Get in touch with us!
  • Discuss your needs with an Occupational Therapist either by email or telephone, without obligation.
  • We will make a suitable date to meet with you at work. This can be done in one longer session or two shorter sessions, depending on your role.
  • We spend around 2 – 3 hours with you, finding out about your role, issues you are having and pin pointing what you want to achieve. During this time we will ask you to do some assessments looking at your balance, co-ordination, visual motor integration (how your hand/eye co-ordination is) and memory. These assessments are nothing to worry about. They are straightforward and fun to do.
  • Working with you, we will come up with some strategies you can try out straight away to help you manage things better.
  • We identify your strengths and consider how you could better utilise them.
  • After meeting the employee and doing the above tasks, we spend an hour with the employer. Often it helps having a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to look at issues you may have been dealing with for a long time.
  • We will listen to your concerns and review supports that you may have in place already, suggesting helpful alternatives or thinking through options.
  • Within 3 weeks of the assessment the report introduction (background history) will be sent to the client to check for accuracy of dates, names and places.
  • Two copies of the report will be made, one for the employee and one for employer.
  • After both parties have had a chance to read the report, we always offer half an hour follow up telephone call, to ensure the report is clear, concise and helpful.

 

Workplace assessments

Dyspraxia UK

My OT assessor, Roz Smithson was just wonderful. Her detailed report has enabled me to seek appropriate support in my work environment. I understand the condition better and have good coping strategies in place. Thank you. 

Liz 2013