Occupational Health helps employers to understand how work impacts the health of their workforce and whether workers are fit to carry out their role.
Working alongside medically-trained Occupational Health practitioners minimises the risks associated with work-related diseases through the assessment of safe working practices, health surveillance and sickness absence management.
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How we help
Improving wellbeing at work
We can provide seamless Occupational Health support through our sister company, Healthwork, which is the ultimate service provider.
The service is designed to assist clients in complying with legislation relating to employee health at work and to optimise employee health, attendance and wellbeing. Through their core advisory service, they offer a wide range of support that can be tailored to your organisation to enable you to:
Establish each individual employee’s fitness for work through assessment undertaken by an Occupational Health clinician
Help to manage employee absence by providing independent, robust and evidence-based opinion on an individual’s ability to perform their role
Support effective return to work strategies by providing advice on an occupational rehabilitative plan, including guidance on adjustments and timescales
Determine whether employees are likely to meet ill-health retirement criteria for the relevant pension scheme
Assist in promoting general health and wellbeing of the workforce
Optimise health, attendance and wellbeing
Work-related absences of any kind whether physical or mental can seriously impact your bottom line. Whether the employee remains at work through their illness or is off sick long term, Occupational Health intervention can stop unmanaged conditions from hampering your commercial success.
Through utilising Healthwork’s extensive range of support services, you’ll have the expertise you need to improve performance and attendance – whilst taking care of your employees’ welfare at the same time.
Occupational Health clinicians can assist you in tricky matters such as identifying whether an injury or absence derives from the workplace and assessing if the individual’s medical history is consistent with the complaint. From a legal perspective, they can also provide recommendations on any necessary adjustments that need to be made to help an employee meet the expectations of their role.
According to the Labour Force Survey, 1.6 million workers suffered from ill health (new or long-standing) in 2019/20.
Common Occupational Health queries, answered by our sister company, Healthwork.
What is Occupational Health?
Occupational Health is a specialist branch of medicine concerned with the effects of work upon health, and health upon work. It assists the employer to fulfil its duty of care in making reasonable adjustments, where possible, and in supporting a safe working environment.
What standards of competence are applied to your nurses and physicians?
All our doctors are Consultant Occupational Physicians and hold the highest level of qualification in occupational medicine, i.e. membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. Our nurses are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and have an in-depth understanding of occupational hazards, risk and industrial disease.
What is an Occupational Health Referral?
If an employee has been absent from work for an extended period or has had frequent short-term absence, Manager or HR Managers may refer them to Healthwork. The purpose of the referral is to provide employers with clear, impartial and professional advice on matters relating to an employee’s fitness for work. Occupational Health Referrals are undertaken by a qualified Occupational Health Nurse/Physician (OHN/OHP) which may be telephonic or a face-to-face assessment.
What is Health Surveillance?
Health Surveillance is about systematically checking for early signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks/hazards. It means putting in place certain protocols and procedures to achieve this, including Occupational Health assessments.
Who needs a Health Surveillance assessment?
The employer will identify and advise Healthwork of any areas within the business where Health Surveillance may be required. This could be due to the employee working with tools which vibrate, a noisy environment, working in a dusty environment or with chemicals, etc. There are a number of different areas where Health Surveillance may be required.
What's included in our fixed-fee Health & Safety support
Accident and Incident Investigation
An accident in the workplace is every employer’s worst nightmare. We can help to guide your investigation, advise on corrective action and protect your interests in the event of regulatory enforcement.
Can you help us prepare an accident investigation report?
Yes. This can be tricky to get right, especially as once you reach conclusions and set out the actions you have taken, the document is disclosable to the other side in the event of a personal injury claim or prosecution. We’ll help you stick to the facts, keep opinion separate, and make sure the report is presented in a way that protects your best interests and, most importantly, identifies the things that need to be put right to prevent reoccurrence.
We have been written to by the regulator regarding a health and safety incident. Can you help?
Yes. In the event of a serious accident or emergency, we will support your investigation and advise you on your communications with the enforcing authority. We will be there to help mitigate damage, guide you and support you. If you have received a letter from the regulator, we can help you to formulate a response until legal advice is required, in which case (if you have chosen to take it) our Legal Expenses Insurance is activated.
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Why choose us?
If you’re not confident in your current practices, or don’t have professional support in place, our network of qualified Health & Safety Consultants can help you to build a safe and compliant working environment through expert support tailored to your organisation.
- Approved by a Primary Authority
- Dedicated specialists with recognised qualifications
- Genuine hands-on experience of managing risk
- Unlimited 24/7 advice, award-winning software and policy support
- The confidence to act as one of your competent persons
Who you'll be working with
“I’ve taken Ellis Whittam into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
Debbie Jamieson, People Director
“We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Richard Berry, Group HR Director
Bluestone National Park Resort
“What we recognised in Ellis Whittam is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Debbie Rainbow, Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety
“As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. Ellis Whittam is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Joanne Beaver, Operations Director
“We have found Ellis Whittam to be responsive and aligned with our business in terms of our processes and expectations. Their pragmatic approach has proven to be a great fit – nobody wants to be fighting their adviser on basic employment decisions.”
Jonathan Green, COO
“Ellis Whittam supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Lisa Best, Head of Service Delivery
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