Generally speaking employers who regularly use an occupational health provider show a statistically significant reduction in their level of sickness absence. This means that you usually realise a clear return on your investment as well as meeting your legal requirements.
It Is Important To Have An Occupational Health Provider that :
- Understands your business needs.
- Can respond quickly to your queries.
- Is flexible in their approach.
- Can communicate well.
- Is independent and can give you unbiased advice.
- Has proven competency levels.
- Consider a few providers.
- Look for a company with knowledge of the industry.
- Always ask for references.
- Always check that the provider has appropriate insurance.
- Agree the terms and condition of the service on both sides.
- Review and monitor the service.
- Meet the provider and establish exactly what they can and cannot offer.
- Use the assessment attached when choosing a provider.
- Always ask whet the qualifications are of the medical professionals providing theservice- remember that to call themselves an Occupational Health Nurse thenurse must be qualified in Occupational Health and an Part 3 of the NMCRegister. They can use the post nominals SCPHN – OHN.
View the Occupational Health Assessment Form
Source: EEF guidelines on choosing an Occupational Health provider