Occupational Health Management Referrals And Health Assessments
Referring an Employee For an Occupational Health Assessment
When it comes to managing absence cases and referring employees to occupational health, Compass understand that managers and HR need clear, instructive and practical advice they can rely on.
We are happy to arrange a single management referral for a member of staff or to set-up a larger management referral service. We can also arrange workplace clinics and remote / telephone support, as well as occupational health referrals for mental health.
An Occupational Health Referral is an Independent Medical Assessment appropriate for assessing work related issues, inlcluding mental health. Call us now to arrange appointments.
The Occupational Health Referral process is essentially very simple:
- Call us to discuss your needs
- You complete an occupational health referral form.
- We discuss and agree the most appropriate review process.
- The occupational health assessment is arranged and takes place.
- A few days later, we issue an appropriate Occupational Health report.
Call us now to book an occupational health appointment, or discuss any specific requirements.
What is an Occupational Health Assessment?
An Occupational Health Assessment is a medical examination performed by an Occupational Health Physician (or Nurse Advisor) with an aim of addressing questions raised by the employer. Its primary aim is to advise management regarding the employee’s health issue and to make recommendations on what adjustments could be considered to ensure a safe/healthy working environment for that employee. It can also be an assessment of somebody’s fitness to work.
What does the assessment include?
Each Occupational Health report will be tailored to the employee and situation but it can include advice on the medical condition itself, symptoms, prognosis, likelihood of recovery, what adjustments could be considered, and similar. The aim of the report is to inform Management and give them an expert medical opinion and sufficient information to enable them to make any onward decisions with appropriate knowledge.
An Occupational Health Assessment is NOT normally intended for diagnosis or treatment purposes though in some cases the Doctor could make suggestions for the employee to discuss with their own medical practitioners.
When should it be organised?
There is no fixed best time to organise an Occupational Health Assessment. Each situation should be treated on its own merits.
An assessment can be organised at anytime including:
Employee still at work: An employee may be attending work regularly but could be showing signs of struggling and it may be the case that some timely changes are all that are required to keep them at work safely and productively.
Regular short-term absences: Somebody with regular short-term absences could benefit from an assessment to ensure there are no underlying more serious health issues.
Medium / Long term absences: Employees that have had substantial time away from work could be referred for an assessment.
Return to Work: It may be appropriate for employees ready to return to work following a period of absence to be assessed so they can be integrated back in a safe and structured manner.
How many appointments will be needed?
A single one off assessment is normally sufficient for most employees but for more serious illnesses then it may be appropriate to keep the employee under regular review.
How long will the appointment take?
The appointment will take approximately 45 minutes