What is occupational health?
Occupational health exists to keep people well, productive and ‘in work’, by providing independent specialist medical advice to employers and employees. This advice includes:
- Promotion of health and wellbeing
- Advice and strategies for managing risks to health from work
- The effects of work on health and health on work
- Interventions, adjustments and support to enable a return to work
- Medical advice to manage health issues
At Health Management our occupational health service is independent, confidential and carried out by a team of health professionals who have training in occupational medicine – the branch of medicine that deals with the relationship between work and health.
We work in partnership with you and your employees to resolve issues in the workplace that might have an adverse effect on their health. We also provide advice to managers that enable them to manage issues such as sickness absence and presenteeism.
We recommend that HR or line managers should refer employees for an occupational health assessment as soon as a health condition starts impacting their work.
An occupational health service is not responsible for an individual’s medical care. That continues to be the responsibility of their GP or Specialist. With consent, we may co-ordinate with a GP or other specialist to ensure continuity of care but we do not replace his/her care. Occupational health should not be used for ‘emergencies’ or to deal with non-medical issues.