Occupational Health

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health service at the university is provided by Soma Health Ltd. www.somahealth.co.uk

Referrals to Occupational Health and Counselling are managed through the HR department.

Occupational Health is staffed by experienced, qualified specialist nursing advisers and is concerned with the promotion of health and prevention of ill health in employees.

You will seen by one of the Occupational Health team who will discuss the reasons for the referral and gather information from you. This might include gathering confidential health information and details about ongoing treatment and investigations. You may also be provided with advice regarding management of your health condition(s).

The report from Occupational Health may contain advice on reasonable adjustments and adaptations to a person's role or workplace to be considered by managers.

It is then up to your manager to consider this advice and decide whether it is practical or feasible to put these adjustments into place.

Occupational Health may wish to get further clinical information from your GP.  In accordance with the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 your consent will need to be obtained by the Occupational Health team before they request a report from your GP, your hospital doctor/consultant or other medical specialist who is treating you.  You do not have to give this consent.  In those circumstances Occupational Health will base their report on the information they have, although this will be incomplete. We would advise you that it is in your best interests to ensure Occupational Health have a full picture of your health position so that they are able to provide clear advice to your manager about any support you require.

If you agree to Occupational Health making contact with your GP/Specialist you have the right to receive a copy of the report from your doctor before it is sent to Occupational Health.  You would have to formally notify this on the consent form you sign and you then have 21 days from the date on the consent form to contact your doctor and make arrangements to see the report (which could be at a date in the future).  If you see the report you then have the right to request the doctor to amend or delete any part of the report you think is inaccurate or misleading.  If the doctor refuses your request you can insist that a statement of your views is included with the report.

Reports from your GP are used by Occupational Health to inform their assessment.  On occasion Occupational Health may refer you for assessment to a specialist.  The provisions of the Access to Medical Records Act 1988 will apply to any referral.