The smart return to work plan. Part 2: the build

Abasiama Etuknwa, Kim Burton, Serena Bartys

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In the second of a two-part article, Kim Burton and Serena Bartys are joined by Abasiama Etuknwa to explain how to build and implement a ‘smart’ return- to-work plan.

We now largely accept that good work is good for health. So, it seems intuitive that a return to work (RTW) should also be ‘good’ to facilitate the best possible outcomes for all involved. Like good work, a good return to work requires good intentions. In part one, we outlined the underpinning evidence as well as a conceptual basis for smart RTW plans for workers with health problems1. In this article, we offer guidance from our latest research for building and implementing these plans.


As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the re-insurer Swiss Re and the University of Huddersfield2, we have been designing an interactive digital RTW tool specifically aimed at empowering the worker…
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Specialist publicationOccupational Health at Work
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023


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