Physiotherapy has been highlighted in a new bid to tackle long-term sickness absence in an article published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
The cost of absence to UK employers is estimated at £9 billion per year and totals a massive 137 million days off work. As employee health and wellbeing continues to take the spotlight, physiotherapists are the best equipped professionals to keep UK workers healthy and in work, or return to work sooner if they are unwell.
The recommendations, which are currently in draft guidance have been published by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
The article highlights that in addition to the high cost of absenteeism, a number of those who take long term sick leave do not return to work at all – in fact 45% of claimants of Employment and Support Allowance took a period of sickness absence before they left their employment.
For those with musculoskeletal illness, physiotherapists can ensure a smooth and lasting return to the workplace, delivering ROI for employers and career longevity for workers.