Occupational Health – caring for our staff

Practice Leads

  • Nurse: Zoe Booth
  • Admin: Chris Rushton

Date Reviewed

6th July 2016

Date of Next Review

September 2017

The practice uses the BRI Occupational Health service to deliver all employee health needs as an employer. This includes:

  • Advice and support - which is easily accessible to all GPs and their staff.
  • Advice about how promotion of the working environment can be used as a source of better health.
  • Advice about ways of enabling staff to take action to promote their wellbeing at work.

To achieve this, the service offers a variety of activities that aim to identify and protect those most at risk. Examples of these services are:

  • Pre-employment screening.
  • Assessment of individuals in relation to their employment or working environment.
  • Immunisation and vaccination.
  • Advice and follow up following inoculation or contamination incidents.
  • Advice for new and expectant mothers.
  • Advice on complex risk assessments for display screen equipment users.
  • Health surveillance for night workers and workers exposed to hazardous substances, such as latex.
  • Advice about sickness absence management, rehabilitation, and return to work plans.
  • Provision of a confidential staff counselling service.

To implement the government’s vision of the NHS as a model employer, ways of addressing the health needs of the workforce as a community must also be considered. So, in addition to the individual focused services above, the department also offers:

  • Workshops on occupational health issues, for example stress management and display screen equipment risk assessment.
  • Presentations at staff meetings and professional forums on all occupational health issues, where requested.
  • Health promotion initiatives, for example smoking cessation support, and general lifestyle advice.
  • Specialist advice on Occupational Health issues for policy and procedure development.
  • Research, health needs assessment and audit to establish internal and external trends.

At induction, all staff are advised to supply their medical information to the OH service who then identify those who need follow up (for example, vaccination boosters).