New pilot schemes to focus on occupational health

The government has introduced a new two-year pilot scheme under which those in the UK who receive sickness benefits will attend regular appointments with occupational health providers to assess their ability to work. Failure to do so could result in the withdrawal of these benefits. According to government figures, assessments show that approximately 3,000 of those receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) should be able to return to the workplace in the next 18 months or so. These individuals will be instructed to meet with medical practitioners or occupational health companies as a…Read more

What is different about occupational health physicians?

The difference between an occupational health physician and an ordinary medical practitioner is that the former focuses on the patient or individual’s health in relation to the workplace. While this is a more specific approach than a general practitioner (GP) might take, UK occupational health providers provide a really valuable service; one that benefits workers and employers alike. UK occupational health companies and physicians must have a broad understanding of clinical medicine, so it is worth checking that they are fully qualified. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), UK occupational health…Read more

Why employers need an occupational health provider

Occupational health providers are responsible for assessing the impact of an employee’s work on his or her health and ensuring that the worker is up to the task. While some employers feel they are able to do this job themselves, finding an organisation that is qualified to carry out this analysis can help to reduce the chance of litigation, protect workers, improve staff performance and retention, and cut the costs associated with sickness absence. Benefits of occupational health advice for workers Workplace circumstances are constantly changing, and this can bring about both advantages…Read more