Lancashire back-to-work project takes advantage of new data system

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created a system in conjunction with the NHS and Jobcentre Plus to help get people on incapacity benefit back to work.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created a system in conjunction with the NHS and Jobcentre Plus to help get people on incapacity benefit back to work.

The software, called Elphin, will be used as part of the government’s Pathways to Work scheme.

East Lancashire is one of seven pilot areas selected for a back-to-work project under Pathways to Work. The regional team there approached UCLan to develop a system last year.

The area has now begun to implement the complete version of the platform, and says the platform has attracted interest from other pilot regions, including Gateshead and Derbyshire.

While occupational therapists are responsible for trying to get people back to work, the Elphin system provides them with the necessary data support.

Staff from the NHS and Jobcentre Plus can enter information that is used to support the therapists. The solution can take in factors such as medical conditions and past employment history.

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