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Occupational Health

The following is an indicative list of services that are relevant to this service.

It is important that staff are subdivided into the following categories:

  • Director level

  • Senior management

  • Office based staff

  • Manual


 

Different types of services will be available depending on position as Directors health needs will differ somewhat to the needs of manual worker. However, these needs are valued and respected in this programme.

 

Appropriate Core Service Provision

  • Pre-employment medicals

  • Executive medicals including electro-cardiograms
  • Vision testing

  • Hearing assessments
  • Sickness Absence Management

  • Nightshift worker medical assessment
  • Immunisation

  • Health education Programme
  • GP type service
  • Ergonomic Assessment
  • Availability of allied services – physiotherapy etc

 

Pre-employment medicals

Standard questionnaire to be completed by applicant prior to interview with Occupational Health Nurse. Complex cases can be referred to the Occupational Health Doctor. Emphasis should be placed on the applicant by the Human Resources Department to declare all illnesses and conditions as failure to do so may result in liability for the Company.

Vision and hearing checks will be undertaken as baseline standard for all new and existing staff. 

 

In addition: 

  • Directors – should have full blood profile and cardiac assessment undertaken
  • Senior Management and Office staff – particular attention to vision testing (VDU) back problems and the ergonomics of their work environment. 
  • Manual Employees – particular emphasis on noise exposure/vibrating machinery/back and other joint problems. Shift workers with certain illnesses controlled by medication e.g. diabetes, so that we can ensure they are fully aware of the implications of shift work on their disease and medication. 

 

Executive Medicals

Executive Medicals aimed at Director level employees should be offered every year.

The medical examination would consist of:

  • Full medical questionnaire completed prior to appointment.
  • Fasting Blood Tests.

  • ECG and Lung Function tests.
  • Comprehensive analysis and full examination with recommendations by the doctor.
  • Lifestyle questionnaire and stress analysis.

  • Copy to GP with consent.


 

Vision Testing 

Annual testing should be provided particularly those using Visual Display Screen Equipment. Guidelines can be issued to staff regarding the safe usage of Visual Display Screen Equipment in conjunction with the Health & Safety Manager. Early referral if warranted to optician or ophthalmologist will be recommended and recorded to reduce the liability to the organisation. 

 

Sickness Absence 

Working within agreed protocols of referral with Human Resources Department.

Particular emphasis will be placed on Friday/Monday syndrome and similarly watch shift workers with days off either before or after period of sickness absence. 

If stress related absence, ensure adequate support is available for the employee.

Fitness to return to work assessments can be undertaken by the Occupational Health Nurse and in complicated cases by the Occupational Health Doctor.

 

Immunisations

Ensure all employees have received tetanus immunisation Flu vaccinations and pneumonia vaccinations for those staff in at risk groups i.e. Asthma, those prone to chest infections. Option is available to provide travel vaccines at private prescription rates to employees reducing time out of the workplace.

 

Health Education Talks

To coincide with nationally recognised days, e.g. Stop Smoking Day, women’s health, testicular problems, obesity, alcohol, lipids/diet, etc. 
Well Woman/Man service, cervical smears, weight reduction/dietary advice can be included at the discretion of the Occupational Health Nurse, Human Resource Department and the Health & Safety Manager.

 

GP services

This service can be utilised to avoid the need for staff to take time out of the workplace. Health promotion and screening for various conditions. e.g. hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia. Those staff with chronic conditions should be managed by their GP and not by the Occupational Health function, however, monitoring of certain aspects of a chronic condition should be carried out. This acts as a valued added service to the employee and reduced liability for the organisation. 
It is proposed that within this service the Occupational Health Doctor will undertake one session per week. This session would be administrated by the Occupational Health Nurse.

 

Ergonomic Assessment

Option for assessment on joining and if problems develop.




 

  • Allied Services
  • Counseling

  • Physiotherapy

  • Sports Injury
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