For a Fitter, Healthier Trust
Written by Occupational Health Team
Aims of the Service
Occupational Health as a speciality is concerned with the relationship between work, the working environment and health of the employee.
- To promote the highest degree of physical, mental and social well being of staff in all occupations
- Facilitate employee/ work adjustment
- Support the employee recruitment process
- Support the Trust in achieving its strategic aims towards Health, Safety and Welfare
Occupational Health Staff
|Dr. B. Assoufi
||Occupational Health Manager
||Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
||Occupational Health Advisor
||Occupational Health Advisor
||Occupational Health Nurse
Where to contact us
St Peter’s Hospital:
Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 4:30pm
Tel: 01932 722404
Fax: 01932 722644
Messages can be left on our voicemail service out of hours.
By prior arrangement appointments can be made from 08.00.
The email address for the department is
Activities of the Service
We are involved in the following activities:
The Occupational Health department also provides a service to external non-NHS organisations and is a member of NHS Plus. For more information see www.nhsplus.nhs.uk. The income generated from these activities is used to benefit the NHS.
- Pre-employment screening
- Risk / Environmental Assessments
- Immunisation programmes
- Rehabilitation after sickness or injury
- Health Promotion
- Absence management
- Health surveillance
- Medical retirement
Pre-employment health screening
All prospective employees are required to complete a pre-employment health questionnaire, this allows us to assess their fitness in relation to the specific post for which they are to be employed.
The web link address for the online pre employment screening document Occupational Health is: https://onlinepreemployment.asph.nhs.uk
This is a secure encrypted (SSL encrypted data session) website.
The messages you may encounter are likely to highlight that this website is not on your computers trusted sites list. If you wish there is no reason why you cannot add this link to your trusted sites lists as you should have no reason to mistrust it.
This web page is to be used by all prospective applicants who have IT access to complete their pre employment health questionnaire. In instances where an individual does not have IT access paper copies can be obtained from Human Resources and submitted via postal system to Occupational Health Department. Prospective applicants must have received a job offer before completing and submitting the document.
The online document on completion will automatically be sent to the Occupational Health department via a secure website and entered on the Occupational Health IT system for processing. The data contained on the online document will only be viewed by Occupational Health professionals and all details remain confidential and will only be released with the consent of the individual.
Once the document has entered the Occupational Health IT system it will be processed by an Occupational Health advisor. Occupational Health will contact the prospective employee directly if further information or data is required.
Referrals to the Department
Staff may self-refer to Occupational Health at any time for confidential advice and support on work related health issues. The GP should be consulted for general health problems, which are not related to work.
One of the roles of Occupational Health is to advise managers on employees fitness for work. Trust policies advise management to refer employees to Occupational Health when: Employees have several short term sickness absences due to ill health, as a guide up to 10 days in total over 12 months. They are concerned about an employees fitness for work whilst they are at work. Employees have been absent from work due to illness or injury for a period of 4 weeks or more. Employees are off sick for any period of time from work and managers would like advice on their fitness for work. The management of sickness absence is the role and responsibility of management, not the Occupational Health department.
All health information is treated as confidential and as a result, the Occupational Health department does not reveal any health information to Management, Human Resources or any third party without the member of staff's consent.
Confidentiality may only be breached when law requires the information to be disclosed or if disclosure is in the public interest.
Occupational Health Documents
Click here for the current Occupational Health policies.
How to Access your Occupational Health Records
If an individual wishes to access their confidential Occupational Health records they can do this in two ways;
1 - In Person - by prior arrangement with Occupational Health.
If an individual wishes to attend the Occupational Health department in person to collect a copy of their Occupational Health records, the individual will need to contact the department in advance via telephone number 01932 722404 and arrange a suitably convenient time to collect their OH records.
They also need to ensure they bring photographic identification with them, e.g. passport, photo driving licence or Trust photo ID badge.
2 - By Letter
If an individual wishes to send a letter to Occupational Health requesting a copy of their Occupational Health records they need to ensure their letter contains the following information:
- Full name, including any previously used names
- Date of birth
- Correspondence address for OH records to be sent to
- Organisation they work for (employer)
- Job Title (post)
- Written signature which acts as consent
The letter should be dated with a clear statement of what they are requesting e.g. immunisation records or full Occupational Health records.
All written request should be sent to;
Occupational Health department,
1st Floor Chertsey House,
St. Peters Hospital,
Surrey, KT16 0PZ.
Written request for copies of Occupational Health records will be processed within 21 days of receiving the letter to the Occupational Health department.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:56