The major role of the Occupational Health Service is to provide independent advice to managers and employees on: the health of people at work, fitness for work, health risks of the workplace, and the occupational implications of risks to health that can occur at work and the ability of employees, through reasons of their health to undertake the work.
When long-term absence from the workplace is involved, medical opinion may be required to make sure that the individual will be able to return to his/her usual role, as there may need to be adjustments to the working environment. When medical opinion is tendered a report is posted to the employee’s line manager detailing any findings with regard to the workplace.
It is important to understand that the role is advisory. Decisions relating to the management of an employment issue are the responsibility of the manager or employer. Professional integrity, clinical confidentiality, setting of standards and adhering to them, quality assurance of work undertaken, audit and clinical governance of the service are integral components of the work all occupational health staff undertake.
From May 2018 APOHS will be moving the process for making referrals and receiving subsequent management reports from Paper to portal. The timetable for the transition will be agreed with APOHS customer organisations and communicated to managers. Until then, referrals can continue to be made using the referral form paper referrals.
For Managers in organisations using paper referrals:
- APOHS Paper Management Referral form.
- Guidance Notes on Paper Management Referrals.
- Patient Information Leaflet.
For Managers in organisations using online referrals: