Canada Life has formally launched its Early Intervention Services (EIS) for group income protection (GIP) clients.
EIS addresses the need to reduce long-term absenteeism and help employees back to work through intervention in the earliest stage of absence.
Assistance for insured employees is normally after four weeks continuous absence, but when dealing with specific work-related and/or mental health related disorders, the intervention can be provided after just two weeks absence.
The service provides the employer with specialist medical input, with the ultimate goal to agree a customised action plan for rehabilitation.
Mike Newcombe, director of claims management services at Canada Life Group Income, said: "We are aware that the Group Income Protection market is evolving with the introduction of specialist rehabilitation input and is increasingly being recognised as providing much more than a pure insurance policy."
EIS is available to larger employers, with an annual premium in excess of £300,000pa and to employers that, in Canada Life's opinion, have poor or worsening claims experience.
The free EIS service had previously been on available for a trial period.
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