Teesside University Occupational Health
Occupational health can help create a workplace where health, safety and well-being is protected and promoted by providing an accessible, proactive, confidential service.
The workplace has a significant impact on your health and well-being. We need healthy, well motivated workers to deliver high quality services. Committing resources to prevent people being made ill by work, or being absent from work due to health reasons can benefit both the employer and employee.
Appropriate health advice and support can help you remain in work while health problems are investigated and treated. It can assist with a safe return to the workplace following absence. Provision of early intervention to help prevent absence for health related reasons and improved opportunities for recovery from illness are two major benefits of an in-house service. Early intervention can also help maintain your physical, psychological and social well-being.
Occupational health can be concerned with many issues, such as fitness for work, sickness absence, disability, rehabilitation, medical retirement and travel health.
Occupational health assessment
The purpose of an assessment is to assess an employee and provide clear, impartial and professional advice to the line manager who has made the request. Advice is often also given to the employee. The assessment is conducted at a face to face consultation with an Occupational Health Adviser.
Health and Safety Centre
T: 01642 342213
There are many reasons for wishing to obtain medical advice in relation to an employee, and the reason for a referral should be explained to by your Line Manager or HR Manager.
The benefit of attending an occupational health assessment is that it gives you the opportunity to discuss your medical history and how it impacts on your work with an occupational health professional who is an impartial adviser. The occupational health adviser can then review all the circumstances relating to your referral, providing your manager with fair and objective advice about your health and work, both in the short and longer term.
What should I bring with me to the assessment?
- your appointment letter
- any medication or a list of medication that you have been taking
- any information that you think may be relevant to your assessment, such as copies of relevant letters from a hospital specialist if available.
Confidentiality and reports
Medical confidentiality is assured at all times and no confidential clinical information will be divulged to your employer without your express written permission. However, a management report will be provided in order to advise on specific questions that may have been asked. These will be explained to you during the consultation, as will the content of the report. In some cases it may be necessary to obtain a report from your doctor as part of the assessment process. In this event, your written informed consent is required and this will be explained during the consultation.
Frequently asked questions
Where is occupational health based?
We are in the Foster Building, Stephenson Street (campus map number 69). This is a quiet area on campus and there’s a private consultation area.
How do I contact occupational health?
There is a referral process by your line manager or HR manager. The request is sent to occupational health confidentially.
How long will my appointment take?
Appointments usually last approximately 45 minutes.
Who has referred me and why?
Your line manager will discuss the need for referral with you and explain its contents before it is sent to us.
What happens after my appointment?
The occupational health adviser will complete a report for your manager which will be discussed with you and a copy given to you.
Who has access to my occupational health file?
Your file is kept securely in the occupational health office, Foster Building. Only the occupational health team have access. It is part of your medical records.
Alliance Workplace Counselling Service provides a confidential, professional and free counselling service for University employees.
Computer workstation assessment
Whilst working with display screen equipment/visual display unit it is essential to have good posture and have your workstation set up to suit your needs. If you would like advice on your current workstation, please complete the display screen equipment pre-check form and send it to a trained workstation assessor. Details of both can be found using the link below.
Display screen equipment pre-check form
If you are a user of display screen equipment you may be entitled to an eye test paid for by the University. Please check the display screen equipment policy.
display screen equipment policy (Word – 133kb)
Additionally, if any employee has a musculoskeletal problem that may be or is likely to affect their health at work, a referral to the sports injury centre at the University can be made.
Managing musculoskeletal disorders (Word – 109kb)
The centre provides high quality treatment that can allow a prompt return to full physical fitness through the use of advanced equipment. Initially, your manager can refer you to Occupational Health for an initial assessment and, if appropriate, a referral to the sports injury centre will be made.
More about the Sports Injury Centre
Forms and procedures
- display screen equipment policy (Word – 133kb)
- workstation assessors (Word – 41kb)
- occupational health referral for assessment (Word – 54kb)
- completing a referral – guidance for managers (Word – 110kb)
- sickness absence management policy (Word – 372kb)
- stress management policy (Word – 279kb)
- managing stress – a manager’s guide (Word – 57kb)
- managing stress – an employees guide (Word – 49kb)
- work assessment form (Word – 153kb)