Occupational Health/New starter screening is about putting in place systematic, regular and appropriate procedure to determine if a candidate is considered high or low risk. Healthier Business UK Ltd screen to set employment protocols ensuring that the candidates meet the framework criteria for placement. Our aim is to promote and maintain the health of all individuals in the workplace: staff, service users and third parties.
Why you need an OH Service:
As you are mostly likely aware, all companies working with the relevant NHS Framework Agreements are responsible for ensuring they appoint either their own Occupational Health Provider or a suitably qualified team who meet the current requirements/guidelines.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTS:
What is an OH Needs Assessments?
An Occupational Health Needs Assessment is an evidence-based platform upon which to plan a sustainable occupational health programme and is essential for identifying the key issues affecting your employees and organisational health.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines a health-needs assessment as “a systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population, leading to agreed priorities that will improve health and reduce inequalities” (2005).
What value to your business does conducting an OH needs assessment bring?
An occupational health needs assessment will add value to your organisation by helping you to improve your organisation’s ability to manage occupational health and safety, thereby containing health and safety costs through better management and compliance with legislation and enhancing employee health and productivity.
Whilst Healthier Business UK Ltd do not offer a service to carry out an occupational health needs assessment, you can find a list of SEQOHS approved occupational health provider in the following link. Healthier Business UK Ltd can offer a meeting with our clinical lead Nurse to discuss the benefits of an Occupational Health Needs Assessment in more detail.
For further information or to arrange a meeting with our clinical lead Nurse please feel free to contact Healthier Business UK Ltd using the below contact details.
SEQOHS accredited services – https://www.seqohs.org/Accreditedunits.aspx
Healthier Business UK Ltd adhere to best practice quality standards dictated by the Department of Health (DoH) Green book, National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (N.I.C.E) Guidelines, Safe Effective Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) and The National Health Service (NHS). Healthier Business UK Ltd is committed to promoting and adhering to these standards.
The compliance issues surrounding NHS Framework Agreement are often complex, but we understand these and work with you to ensure you are meeting your legal obligations and that you are operating within the relevant framework agreement. Each candidate placed under a framework agreement must demonstrate suitable immunity to communicable disease along with a completed occupational health questionnaire. Healthier Business UK Ltd will assess their immunisation documentation relating to Non-Exposure Prone Procedures (Non-EPP) and Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) and all other information supplied to ensure that before being placed they meet all relevant standards, ensuring that not only is the candidate compliant but you are worry free when you are audited.
In addition, and if applicable, we can conduct a Covid Risk Assessment and issue a detailed certificate outlining any actions that may be required. The scoring system that is used by our clinical team can be found by visiting the following link: https://alama.org.uk/covid-19-medical-risk-assessment
Communication is key in new starter screening; employees want to know why they are being asked to undertake tests and what the benefits there are to them. Throughout the screening process your designated nurse and administrator will supply you with regular updates and reports. Our team will work with you daily to ensure your candidates reach compliance. We will contact candidates directly to provide details on how to get compliant, sharing some of the burden.
The current set of screening services on offer are:
- Non-Clinical Screening
- Off Framework Screening
- Non EPP screening
- EPP screening
- Covid Risk assessments
(All Occupational Health services are provided by Healthier Business UK Ltd).