BELGIUM: the“burn-out” pilot project extended to the care sector

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Fedris, the Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, has extended its pilot project on the prevention of burn-out to the care sector. It launched it in January 2019 for the banking and hospital sectors. The aim is to provide support for people who are suffering at work, who have taken a large number of short work stoppages or who have been off work for less than two months in order to enable them to remain at work or return to work quickly.

With the health crisis, care staff have had to cope with an overload of stress and emotions. They are confronted with specific professional constraints and risks, as well as additional psychosocial risk factors: “organisational changes, shortage of staff, intensified workloads, complex tasks, ethical conflicts, confronted with a large number of deaths, etc.”.

What does Fedris propose?
Fedris offers the target audience of the project a support programme (pdf in French). This includes a set of measures focused on the individual but also on the workplace. This programme is spread over a maximum period of 9 months. It is flexible, as it must be adapted to the needs of each individual, depending on their experience and the degree of burn-out. It is the attending doctor, the prevention consultant/occupational physician or the psychosocial prevention consultant who submits a request for support to Fedris, which covers the costs of follow-up sessions, etc. The costs of the follow-up sessions are borne by the attending doctor.

The pilot project now targets up to 2,500 workers in the banking and healthcare sectors who are at an early stage of burn-out. It has a duration of 3 years at the end of which it will be evaluated.

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