From October 2015 Occupational Health Services will be provided for the University by Health Mangagement
The Occupational Health Service supports the aims of the University's Strategic Plan to sustain a healthy and safe place to study by promoting wellbeing in its broadest sense.
Occupational Health is about how the working environment can affect an employee's health and equally how an employee's health can affect their ability to do their job. The emphasis is on preventing ill health at work and promoting good health.
Activities Carried out by Health Management for Lancaster University
- Health assessments and fitness for work advice
- Pre employment health assessments
- Advice regarding work place adjustment as a result of disability
- Advice on ill-health, sickness absence or ill-health retirement
- Surveillance of employee's health in relation to their work e.g. hearing tests for those exposed to excessive noise levels; lung function tests for those who work with respiratory sensitisers
- Specialist advice on Display Screen Equipment assessments.
Referral to Occupational Health
Referrals of employees to the Occupational Health service must be made by the employee's manager or Head of Department.
As this is a new service for 2015 you should contact your HR partner for assistance with the new process.
However, the following manuals may be of use to you
- Management Referral Guide - When to Refer
- Guide to Confidentiality and Medical Ethics
- Guide to Employee Rights and Consents
Sickness Absence Referral Appointment
If you have been referrerd to the Occupational Health Service there is no need to be concerned. The purpose of the referral should be communicated to you in the first instance.
You will receive a phone call from the Occupational Health Service [OHS] to arrange a convenient time to have a proper consultation in relation to the referral
It is very important that you provide the telephone number that you can be reached on most conveniently. For most people this is a mobile phone number
Please Note that when Health Management contact you they do not send a caller id and it may appear on your mobile phone as "number unknown" or "caller withheld". Please don't ignore the call.
Health Management will try to make contact a maximum of 3 times after which the failure to respond will result in the University being charged
If you work in an open plan office setting or if you do not work in an office room A17 in the University Security Building is available for you to take a confidential call in relation to your appointment
You will need to sign out the key to the room from security and sign it back in when you have finished
More Complex CasesOccasionally a case that has been referred to Occupational Health may require further information and assessment by a more senior clinician.
This will require a face to face appointment at a location that can either be convenient to your home or to the University
Such appointments will NOT take place on the University campus
- Employee guide to an Independent Medical Assessment
All consultations are strictly confidential. The Occupational Health Service is subject to a range of statutory provisions to protect confidentiality and prevent the disclosure of sensitive medical information.