Occupational Therapists have historically worked in hospitals, community and social care settings but our expertise is a great fit with Occupational Health (OH)!
Spring 2022 Article
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all areas of healthcare, including pulmonary function testing services which have either been greatly reduced or stopped entirely. The re-starting of these services requires urgent action so that we can resume the management of respiratory disease through correct diagnosis and therapeutic / referral interventions.
Looking back at my work-life balance when I started my corporate HR journey over 30 years ago, it just didn’t exist. I worked long hours and there really wasn’t much time for anything but work. But I knew I wanted a family as well and corporate life just wouldn’t fit with my future aspirations. Therefore, I decided to set up my own HR consulting business.
In March 2020, like most health professionals, I had to adapt my practice overnight. Training moved from face to face to online delivery as Trusts were unable to release delegates to attend in person and were inundated with health declarations.
Employers’ responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are changing from 6th April 2022.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 amends the 1992 Regulations to extend employers’ and employees’ duties in respect of PPE to a wider group of workers.
Mental illness is one of the main causes for sickness absence and presenteeism within the UK and therefore has a significant impact on productivity within the workplace.
The issue of women’s health in the workplace often conjures up thoughts around pregnant workers, new mothers and the usual risk assessment.
Employers commission Occupational Health to supply an opinion in the form of a written report. They ask us to assess and advise them on how an individual’s health affects their ability to perform their role and to suggest adjustments. But how often have you stopped to ask yourself, how effective am I being at getting this information across?
Most Occupational Health (OH) practitioners feel their heart sink when the employer or manager requests a report from the GP or has written independently to the GP. This does not always lead to an easy or productive outcome in many cases, for a number of reasons.