OH Q&A

What is the role of the Occupational Health Nurse in Workplace? (Click for more info)

To assess fitness for work and to advise on adjustments and restrictions to support the employee at work.

- Attempting to reduce any adverse impact of work on existing health conditions, or work causing ill health.
- Supporting those with disabilities to return to or remain at work
- Protecting health through relevant immunisation programmes
- Promoting health of staff.
- Advising individual staff, Managers or the Organisation on work related health concerns.
Do I need to be referred to OH just because I have been off sick? (Click for more info)

No, it is the decision of your manager whether to refer you to Occupational Health or not following a period of sickness absence.  Your Manager might also discuss a referral with you when you have not been off sick should there be concerns about your health at work.
When can I return to work following a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting? (Click for more info)

48 hours after last episode of symptoms
When can I return to work following an episode of shingles? (Click for more info)

Once all legions have dried up (no longer moist or oozing)
How can I make a self-referral to OH? (Click for more info)

While we are happy to see self-referrals, this type of appointment may not be the best medium for resolving work place concerns. A management referral will often prove a better way forward, as only through a management referral will management be made aware of any issue that may be identified during the consultation.
How can I gain a copy of my immunisation record? (Barts Health Occupational Health clients only) (Click for more info)

Email occupationalhealth@bartsheath.nhs.uk requesting a copy of your immunisation record.  This should normally be sent out in the post within 2 working days. Staff/clients will be able to collect a copy from our main site at the Royal London Hospital following contact from Occupational Health.
Who does my DSE assessment? (Click for more info)

The initial DSE assessment should be completed by the individual’s manager but Occupational Health may be able to offer support and advice to assist you with this
Is OH part of the disciplinary process? (Click for more info)

No but you may be referred to Occupational Health while going through a disciplinary process.
Can I get work equipment from OH? (Click for more info)

No, any equipment necessary for you to do your work needs to be ordered by your Manager.
How can I check the immunisation status of my staff? (Click for more info)

Occupational Health would not usually provide a manager with details of individual employee’s immunisation records.  However, on request we can provide you with information detailing whether they are up to date, require a next stage appointment, or for example need to attend for immunisation update.
 
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