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  • Guidelines - Arthritis Ireland
    there are a number of issues and areas to consider in moving this forward The Fit for Work Coalition is calling for a cross departmental group involving initially the Department of Health and the Department of Social Protection to engage the expertise and insights of the coalition members to make this a reality The main areas to consider are 1 Early and Effective Interventions 2 Risk Assessment and Prioritisation 3 Improving Organisational Behaviours and Performance 1 Early and Effective Interventions A significant amount of staff ill health stems from common musculoskeletal disorders that are receptive to early effective intervention enabling staff to return to work quickly and benefiting the individual the employer and the state A workstream of the Coalition should engage with the relevant health and social protection areas to develop early and effective intervention guidelines The key goal of the Workstream should be to develop and propose nationally agreed service standards for early intervention The Coalition proposes that intervention is made as soon as possible This should be done with the consent of the employee and employer working in a collaborative manner Cost effective solutions need to be explored whereby every employer has access to an outsourced occupational health facility that ensures a Case Manager is assigned to each employee Best practice suggests that this service along the lines of a primary care centre would service a number of companies collectively and may cover a population cluster of approximately 3 000 employees The Case Manager in the care centre would be the central link between employee employer and local medical infrastructure especially the local GP The GP should still continue to be the advocate for the patient The Coalition recognises that the primary initial point of contact with the employee is their own GP Therefore it is proposed that a complete review of sickness certification be carried out with the Irish College of General Practitioners ICGP The aim of such a review is to facilitate a more coordinated approach to support more informed and appropriate intervention decisions The Coalition recognises that Data Protection laws are in place to protect the privacy of the employee The Workstream should explore and recommend ways and means of funding this service Collaboration between insurers and employers to ensure quick and timely access to physiotherapy and other appropriate services This may be facilitated by insurers providing tailored health insurance packages and offering significant discounts to employers who demonstrate the adoption of a Fit for Work Programme The Coalition recognises that issues of employee terms and conditions and employers rights and duties within current absence management policies must be recognised and respected throughout the process Consideration should be given to avoiding placement of any additional costs on the employee 2 Risk Assessment and Prioritisation The Fit for Work Coalition recognises that good prevention measures in the workplace will help reduce the risk to staff health both physical and mental It is also recognised that considerable work has already been done in this area such

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/fit_for_work/about_fit_for_work/recommendations (2016-02-07)
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  • Our Supporters - Arthritis Ireland
    Work Focus and Aims Coalition Guidelines Our Supporters Fit for Work Videos Fit for Work Europe Working With Arthritis Home Fit for Work About Fit for Work Our Supporters Our Supporters print version send to a friend share on facebook The Fit for Work research is supported by a research grant from AbbVie a global broad based health care company that works in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and rheumatology and researches and markets molecules specific to treating rheumatoid arthritis Irish Life is an insurance company that provides solutions to help customers plan for their financial future They are a market leader in Ireland in the provision of life pension and investment plans Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management Living Well With Arthritis Living Well With Arthritis Online Breaking the Pain Cycle Get Involved Fundraise Mini Marathon Take on a Challenge Donate Leave a Legacy Corporate Fundraising In Your Area All Events Your Local Contacts

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/fit_for_work/about_fit_for_work/our_supporters (2016-02-07)
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  • Fit for Work Videos - Arthritis Ireland
    Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Highlights Keeping Ireland Fit for Work was a half day conference for employers health and safety professionals occupational health profes Keeping Ireland Fit for Work John Bowman Event Chair Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Don Thornhill Fit for Work Chair Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Francis Jacobs European Parliament Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Emer Costello MEP Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Steve Bevan The Work Foundation Keeping Ireland Fit for Work John Church CEO Keep Ireland Fit for Work Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Robert Ryan Occupational Physician Keeping Ireland Fit for Work John McDermott Occupational Physician Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Mary Connaughton IBEC Keeping Ireland Fit for Work David Joyce SIPTU Keeping Ireland Fit for Work David Harney Irish Life Keeping Ireland Fit for Work Peter Boyd Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management Living Well With Arthritis Living

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/fit_for_work/about_fit_for_work/fit_for_work_forum (2016-02-07)
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  • Working With Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland
    facebook Is arthritis affecting your work or career Since h avi ng to give up work because of arthritis my self esteem had fallen hugely But this programme gave me confidence again It helped me to recognise the things that I am able to do and get back to work in an area that suits me Grace Cafolla Like Grace you too can avail of Working with Arthritis a FREE one to one Occupational Therapy Service in your own community that is fully tailored to YOUR needs Offer is exclusive to people aged 18 65 in Cavan Donegal Galway Laois Leitrim Louth Longford Mayo Monaghan Offaly Roscommon Sligo and Westmeath Register Your Interest Or please contact Maureen O Neill University of Limerick Phone or Text 087 6094209 EMAIL Facebook https www facebook com WorkingWithArthritis This project is jointly funded by the EU Social Fund and The Department of Social Protection Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self

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  • Donate - Arthritis Ireland
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    Original URL path: https://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/get_involved/donate (2016-02-07)
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  • Exercise Information - Arthritis Ireland
    and lubrication helps with weight control and has many other health benefits Benefits Getting Started Exercise Types By Arthritis Type Walking Groups Seated Exercise Injury Prevention Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/exercise/exercise_information (2016-02-07)
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  • Benefits - Arthritis Ireland
    to absorb nutrients and remove waste Maintaining a healthy body weight is another important part of arthritis management Did you know that losing 1kg of excess weight decreases stress on your knees by 4kg By increasing physical activity you can make a difference to your joints and overall health Along with your current treatment programme regular moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits including Reduces your joint pain and stiffness Strengthens the muscles ligaments and cartilage around your joints Helps you maintain bone strength and quality Increases your joint range of motion and joint mobility Improves your balance Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day Helps you control your weight Makes it easier to get a good night s sleep Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well being Improves your ability to manage stress Reduces the risk of other chronic conditions Promotes stronger heart and lungs Lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources

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  • Getting Started - Arthritis Ireland
    something you like that feels good or excites you or that makes you feel happy while you re doing it Also if you keep it simple you re more likely to keep at it How much can I do Be as active as your ability allows and set goals to help you achieve the adultguidelines 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days of the week You can do 30 minutes continuously or combine several 10 to 15 minute sessions If you have not exercised for a while you may need to start with shorter sessions and build up slowly Talk to your doctor or a physiotherapist about getting started to help you avoid an injury through over doing it Don t forget that activities such as gardening playing with pets or taking the stairs rather than the lift can also count as exercise Whether your activity is moderate or vigorous the goal is to keep moving Examples of moderate activity include Brisk walking a kilometre in 12 15 minutes Medium paced swimming Water aerobics Cycling slower than 15km per hour Ballroom dancing General gardening Knowing Your Limits It can be hard to predict how your body will cope with a new activity During the first couple of weeks of a new routine you can expect to feel some increase in discomfort because muscles are probably being worked in a way they are unaccustomed to However if an exercise hurts especially in the joint itself stop doing it and check with a GP or physiotherapist before you try that particular exercise again Generally if you have finished exercising and an hour later you are still aching or feeling more than when you started you may have overdone it a bit Other signs of overdoing it are persistent fatigue decreased range of movement increased joint swelling and continuing pain If you experience any of these symptoms seek immediate advice from a doctor or physiotherapist Don t be put off Next time slow down do less and build the routine up gradually When can I be active It doesn t matter when you exercise as long as you do so regularly If possible try to exercise when your pain fatigue and stiffness levels are at their lowest and when your medicines are at their most effective Remember that painkillers can mask pain so be careful not to push too far until you know what your limits are During a Flare Up Some people with certain forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis experience what is known as a flare up a time when inflammation is suddenly more active and pain swelling and stiffness get worse Flare ups can last from a couple of days up to a few weeks It is important to keep doing gentle exercises during a flare up especially range of movement exercises Doing this daily within your pain free range may even decrease and shorten the flare up however cut down on the rest of

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