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Guide to Occupational Health Referrals 22-11-17

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Guide to Occupational Health Referrals 22-11-17

  1. 1. Occupational Health Referrals Presented by Jean Fisher Director The OH Business www.theohbusiness.co.uk
  2. 2. What is Occupational Health? • The branch of medicine dealing with the prevention and treatment of job-related injuries and illnesses. • I am a qualified Registered Nurse with additional qualifications. • The aim of occupational health is to prevent work-related illness and injury by: • Monitoring the health of the workforce. • Supporting the management of sickness absence.
  3. 3. The business Case for OH.. • Sickness absence costs UK business £28.8bn a year. • £554 per employee. • Occupational illness and accidents cost £2.8bn/year. • OH can deliver significant savings by preventing occupational illness and promoting employees’ health and performance.
  4. 4. When to Refer to OH? • Early!! Don’t wait for the sick note!! • Before absence occurs…keep employee in work. • Notice early employee changes. • Refer at once for ‘Stress’ or musculoskeletal absence. • Frequent short term absence. • Any significant diagnosis refer immediately • Any performance concerns ? Health related…refer.
  5. 5. How to Refer • Speak with employee. • Advise of concerns regarding health. • Explain and reassure how OH can provide support. • Complete referral form. • Put as much Information as you can! • Think about what adjustments are possible for you. • Ask for specific OH advice...what do you want to know??
  6. 6. The Report will Include… • Answers to your questions…make sure you ask some. • Return to work timescales. • Advice on capability despite medical condition being present. • Timescales for recovery of condition. • If the Equality Act likely/not likely to apply • Advice on reasonable adjustments. • Whether the employee may have further absences.
  7. 7. Summary • Early identification of health issues is key. • OH can provide advice to help you to manage employee. • Duty to make reasonable adjustments. • Clear actionable advice given in report. • You are not reliant on GP opinion any more. • OH will focus on Capability not disability. • Develop case conference approach.
  8. 8. Learn More • www.theohbusiness.co.uk • Twitter @theohbusiness • Facebook.com/theohbusiness • https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jeanfisher • Jean.fisher@theohbusiness.co.uk • Mobile 07864 006850

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