What to expect if you are referred by your employer to CHOHS Ltd for a private and confidential occupational health management referral consultation
Why have I been referred to CHOHS Ltd?
Your employer has referred you to an Occupational Health (OH) Specialist to help support you if you are experiencing an illness or injury which may be preventing you from carrying out your usual activities and impacting on your role at work. This support may include:
- Return to work rehabilitation plan
- Reasonable adjustments in the workplace
- Health and lifestyle advice
- Advising your employer on how to manage your health condition in the workplace
- Carrying out an appropriate workplace assessment
Where will the consultation take place?
Depending on your circumstances, the occupational health consultation may take place at your workplace, at the offices of CHOHS Ltd, or as a telephone consultation. In exceptional circumstances it may take place at your home address.
If your consultation takes place on your employer’s premises and you will be advised by your employer of the time and place of your consultation, which will be in a private office. Our office is based in Henleaze near Bristol. If an appointment is by telephone or at our office an email / letter will be sent to you from CHOHS Ltd confirming the date and time of your appointment, and copied into the referring manager / HR person.
Who will the consultation be with?
Your private and confidential occupational health consultation will be with an experienced Occupational Health Nurse Specialist.
How long will the consultation last?
An initial consultation will probably take about an hour. Any follow-up consultations required will probably take less than that.
What will the consultation involve?
The OH Nurse Specialist will carry out an assessment of your health by discussing your medical situation with you and, depending on your situation and the nature of your medical condition. Depending on the type of assessment your consultation may include some of the following:
- Hearing Test
- Lung Function Test
- Blood Pressure
- Depression (PHQ-9) Assessment
- Anxiety (GAD-7) Assessment
- Visual Acuity
- Workstation Assessment
What will happen following the consultation?
At the end of your consultation you will be made aware of the contents of the report. You have the right to request to see the report before it is released to your employer. Once you have consented for the release of the report, it will be sent to your employer summarising the consultation and giving appropriate advice, guidance and recommendations, which may include a suggested return to work plan if you are currently absent from work. A copy of this report will also be sent to you.
In some cases, before we are able to fully advise your employer, we may need to write to your general practitioner or specialist consultant for further information. We will only do this with your written consent and will offer you the option of seeing the GP/Specialist’s report before it is sent to us. Again, you will be sent a copy of any letters we send to your employer.
Will I need more than one consultation?
Again, this will depend on your circumstances and it will be up to the OH nurse specialist to determine if you require a follow-up consultation. Some employers request a further review. A follow-up consultation will usually take about 15-30 minutes, depending again on individual circumstances.
Where is the information you hold on me stored?
All computer and paper based records are kept in strict compliance with the Genera Data Protection Regulation 2018. For more information please visit our website: www.chohs.co.uk