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Successful return to work with chronic pain? Negotiation strategies for stakeholders

January 14, 2015 - 9:00am PST, 12:00pm EST
Recorded in January , 2015


This session briefly considers whether work is good for our health and wellbeing, and the context of moving from sickness certification to using the “Fit note” in the UK, as part of a movement to get more people back to work.

We also briefly review understandings of what chronic pain is and how this interacts with sickness certification. We consider findings from recent research with doctors, patients, employers and employees, about their experiences of managing a period of sick leave due to chronic pain.

We consider problems and possible ways forward in managing this experience for different stakeholders.

After this webinar, you will be able to: 
  • Consider recent research into the interactions between work and health, particularly in relation to chronic pain.
  • Appreciate the psychosocial context in which stakeholders decide whether someone should be off work due to chronic pain.
  • Describe some recent research findings relating to issues and possible ways forward with managing sickness certification for chronic pain.
Elaine Wainwright, FHEA, PhD, MSc, MBPsS, PGCE, BSc, BA

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at Bath Spa University. Her research interests lie in two main areas: firstly, work health and wellbeing, and what makes people respond so differently to objectively similar working conditions; and secondly, the effect of pain on people’s working lives, mental health and attentional processes. Elaine’s publications investigate the problems and successes of the doctor, patient and employer relationship when someone has been off work due to pain. She is also building a research interest into resilience in the face of pain.
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