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Occupational Health Service Receives National Accreditation

Friday, May 11, 2012

The health and wellbeing of hospital staff in central and eastern Cheshire is being supported by a high quality Occupational Health service, according to a scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians.

The Cheshire Occupational Health Service, which supports doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Cheshire NHS Trust, has been awarded full SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service) accreditation, after an assessment by the national scheme.

 SEQOHS is a scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and provides a set of comprehensive standards designed to help raise the level and quality of care provided by Occupational Health services.

Launched in December 2010, the standards cover areas such as staff competency, safety and accessibility of facilities and equipment, and meeting specific NHS standards.

Bobby Sharma, Service Manager for the Cheshire Occupational Health Service, said: “Securing accreditation at this early stage is an important achievement not only for the Service, but also for the two Trusts involved.

“By demonstrating full compliance, the award provides independent validation of the high standards of quality and customer focus that the department delivers in continuing to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of staff.”

Additional Information:

The Cheshire Occupational Health Service is an impartial, confidential service that helps staff improve and maintain their health and wellbeing, ensuring everyone experiences a working environment in which they are physically and emotionally suited.

Cheshire Occupational Health Service is a shared, clinical service delivered in partnership between Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Cheshire NHS Trust. The former serves as the administrative hub for the service, with full time occupational health facilities also provided at the latter site.

In addition to caring for the health and wellbeing of staff at respective Trust sites, Occupational Health services are also provided to Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust, Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Combining the above areas of responsibility equates to approximately 10,000 staff.