Why make a self-referral?
One of the roles of Occupational Health is to advise about fitness for work. The aim is to ensure that the activities that you carry out at work and the environment in which you work will not adversely affect health. We also recommend workplace adjustments that could be considered to assist you in overcoming any health challenges that may be affecting you in the workplace.
If you are concerned that work is affecting your health or that a health problem is affecting your ability to do your job, you can arrange for a referral to Occupational Health for advice and guidance. We are able to offer you workplace advice and signpost you to the appropriate organisations for additional support where necessary. The appointment will not generate a report to your manager.
We would always encourage you to discuss any problems you are having in the work place with your manager. You do not need to disclose any medical information to them. Your manager may be able to address your concerns without the need to involve Occupational Health. If your manager needs further guidance, they will also be able to refer you to Occupational Health. Please see the Management Referrals page for more information.
How do I make a self-referral?
Self-referrals can be made by completing the Self-Referral Form and sending this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An outline of the process is detailed below:
- The employee completes the Self-Referral Form
- The Self-Referral Form is sent to email@example.com
- The Self-Referral Form is triaged by Occupational Health
- An appointment is offered to the employee within 5 days of receipt of the Self-Referral Form by Occupational Health
- The employee attends the appointment
- The employee is provided with guidance and advice within 10 days following the appointment
What should I expect in my appointment?
At your appointment the Occupational Health Practitioner assigned to your case will go through the referral form with you. These consultations usually take 45-60 minutes. This assessment will give you an opportunity to talk in confidence about any concerns you might have regarding your health at work with an experienced Occupational Health professional.
Occupational Health Practitioners are registered practitioners and therefore work within the legal safeguards of the Data Protection Act 2018, as well as adhering to the standards set down in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s, General Medical Council’s, and other relevant bodies’ Codes of Conduct.