A return to work program is based on the philosophy that many workers can perform safe and suitable work as part of their recovery process. The key to a successful return to work program is a partnership among workers, employers, healthcare providers, and when required, the WCB. Return to work options can involve modified or alternate duties and/or a gradual return to work.
As a healthcare provider you have an important role in helping to maintain the health of your patients, and to promote activities and plans that benefit their health, active recovery, and return to work in a safe and suitable manner. Developing strategies for occupational rehabilitation begins with the patient's first visit, guided by the principle that safe and timely return to work is the desired outcome.
The return to work process may be initiated at the request of the injured worker, the employer, WCB staff, or the worker's healthcare provider, any of whom can identify an opportunity for work as part of recovery. WCB supports are available to assist in the planning, coordination, and monitoring of a return to work program.