The Princess Royal has addressed a forum promoting the necessity of rehabilitation and encouraging partnerships in healthcare.
The conference, which pointed to rehabilitation as the missing link in the process of returning people to work, was sponsored by Swiss Re Life & Health along with the College of Occupational Therapists.
Included in the speaker panel was Paul Mann, orthopaedic claims specialist at Swiss Re Life and Health. Mann explained how absence management could lead companies to quality healthcare and prevent the detrimental effects of disability and subsequent absence.
Mann also said that absence management could reduce costs for both employers and insurers and ultimately could improve premium rates.
Allan Bridgewater, UK chairman at Swiss Re was upbeat. “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the College in organising this conference,” he said. “Creating partnerships between insurers and therapists will be one important way forward in meeting the funding and provision of best quality and cost-effective healthcare for the UK going into the new millennium.”
Also addressing the conference was occupational therapist, Emma Bowd. She highlighted the lack of co-operation between healthcare professionals, employers and insurers, adding that it lead to a “disability culture”. Solid partnerships however, lead to an “ability culture” and get people back to work, she said.