The Workplace Health and Wellbeing Department aims to provide the highest standards of professional care and advice to protect and promote the physical and psychological health of staff. We achieve this by providing the ‘six core services’ outlined in the Department of Health publication, ‘NHS Health & Well-being Improvement framework 2011’.
- Prevention: the prevention of ill health caused or made worse by work
- Timely intervention: early treatment of the main causes of absence in the NHS
- Rehabilitation: a process to help staff stay in work after illness
- Health assessments for work: supporting organisations to manage attendance and retirement
- Promotion of wellbeing
- Teaching and training: promoting the health and wellbeing approach amongst staff.
The department provides comprehensive occupational health and wellbeing services to achieve these aims for over 5000 employees of the Trust. In addition selected services are provided to external organisations in both the public and private sectors. The service is currently working to achieve Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) accreditation from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
- Pre-employment health assessments
- Management /self referrals
- Sickness and absence management
- Immunisations required for work
- Health surveillance
- Blood exposure management
- Mental health assessments (including assessment of risk)
- One to one cognitive behavioural therapy based interventions
- Counselling service
- Managing people with common mental health problems
- Health promotion
- Stress management
- Healthy lifestyles assessment and support
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Staff will access the service for pre-employment screening before coming to work here. The service offers the following range of services to Trust members of staff and other external contractors:
- Advise management, employees and their representatives on the effect of work on health and health on work, with the aim of preventing ill-health and promoting health
- Assess an individual’s medical fitness to perform their assigned duties and to ensure that work will not adversely affect the health of the employee
- Assist in the effective management of existing health problems and advise on rehabilitation back to work following ill health
- Provide advice and guidance on all matters of health, safety and welfare that may affect an individual at work, and help to promote health and safety of the staff at all levels
- Protect the health of staff from workplace hazards through proactive activities such as vaccination (e.g. flu) and health surveillance
- Contribute to the effective and efficient functioning of the Trust by helping to maintain the physical and mental health of employees.
As well as all of the above, the team can also offer a variety of wellbeing services, including smoking cessation, weight management and cardiovascular screening. These are offered to staff via regular staff health clinics which operate on a drop in basis. Immunisation and vaccination clinics operate daily, also on a drop in basis.
Mental health drop in sessions run twice a week, providing support to staff who may be experiencing stress or who feel they need some advice and support to help them function better when they have issues that they believe are affecting them at work. The service can offer brief advice, sign post to other services including counselling or offer further follow on appointments with a mental wellbeing practitioner.