Occupational Health Services reports are designed to offer an objective and professional opinion regarding fitness for work. These reports also provide advice on what might make it easier for you to carry out your duties successfully whilst taking into account your health issue and/or disability.
Information in the Occupation Health Services report is advisory only. It is for your manager to decide whether they can support or accommodate any suggested adjustments or adaptations.
The Occupational Health Practitioner will write the report and send this to you via email for your consideration within 5 working days of the consultation. You will be given a further 5 working days in order to approve the report and provide your consent to it being sent.
If you have concerns in regards to the report you should contact the Occupational Health Practitioner to discuss this. If their opinion is based on incorrect facts then you should highlight this - the Practitioner is normally happy to reconsider their opinion in these circumstances. However, if the facts are correct they will inevitably not change their professional opinion but should take the time to explain this to you. If agreement cannot be reached and we do not obtain your consent to send the report
In cases where there is a delay in the report being sent and/or you do not agree to the report being released, Occupational Health Services will inform your referring manager(s) via email (copying you in) that consent to release the report has not been given. In these circumstances your manager will need to make decisions regarding your case without the benefit of Occupational Health Services advice or opinion.
Occupational Health Practitioners are registered practitioners and therefore work within the legal framework of the Data Protection Act 2018, and adhere to the standards set down in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s, General Medical Council’s, and other relevant bodies’ Codes of Conduct.
Occupational Health will not share any information about you with a third party without your informed consent.