Carolina Case Management can help an injured employee return to work after a difficult or long medical leave or when their injury prevents them from performing their original position. A rehabilitation consultant will assess an injured worker’s vocational, physical and cognitive abilities to determine their potential for a new position. This process includes a range of evaluations:
Vocational Assessment & Testing
A vocational assessment measures the injured worker’s likelihood to return to work. Testing can provide an objective way to evaluate the injured worker’s personality/temperament, achievement, education/intelligence level, vocational aptitude, interests and lifestyle as they relate to today’s workforce. Determining the injured worker’s appropriateness for placement into a job (either directly or with training) and returning the injured worker to suitable and gratifying employment is the most important part of the case manager’s work.
Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA)
Results obtained through a vocational assessment and testing can be utilized in a transferable skills analysis. This analysis is a systematic and orderly method to evaluate an injured worker’s potential for work. It is not only based on the vocational assessment, but also the injured worker’s background, including education and work history as well as social and psychological information. This evaluation identifies those skills which can be used in one job and then “transferred” into another job.
A job analysis measures the fundamentals, factors, behaviors and activities required to perform a specific job. With this information, a job description is developed. A job description is a narrative description of the activities and requirements of a specific job. The analysis of the job will then determine how closely it can match the injured worker’s residual capabilities.
Digital Job Analysis
The digital job analysis is a more concise form because it focuses on the physical demands related to the job of injury. The digital pictures allow for a quick review of job tasks (e.g. the physician does not have to review a form that describes the amount of hand activity, walking, standing and stair climbing for a person with a shoulder injury). Benefits of a digital job analysis include:
Provides a form that physicians like and is easy and quick for them to review. (Often can e-mail the form to the physician and obtain input within 24 hours).
Decreases discrepancies between client, employer, plaintiff counsel and other related parties with regards to what the physical demands of the job are because it provides visual aids documenting the job tasks.
Allows physical therapist to view the job and focus therapy and work hardening around the work tasks.
Once approved by physician, the job analysis provides evidence that the client is employable whether or not the client returns to work.
Objectively documents whether or not the client can return to employment with employer of injury which promotes appropriate vocational planning and decreases length of time out of work.
Carolina Case Management has copyrighted this digital job analysis format.
Labor Market Survey (LMS)
The job analysis is taken one step further with a labor market survey. This is a systematic, standardized, objective evaluation to determine how readily available jobs will be to the injured worker in a specific geographical area. A properly executed labor market survey will provide information that includes the frequency of availability of a certain job; number of people employed and wage information.
Job Development & Placement
Job Development/Placement involves a vocational case manager working individually with an injured worker to develop and provide job leads and placement.
Designed to assist employers and insurance carriers when full rehabilitation services are not deemed necessary. Limited Assignments can be a good choice for obtaining information for claims handling. Such assignments include, but are not limited to, vocational assessment, testing, transferable skills analysis, job analysis, labor market survey, job seeking skills class and/or job development/placement.