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Occupational Health Services

What we do

We provide occupational health (OH) services to BSUH NHS Trust employees and external organisations.

Occupational health is concerned with the effect of work on health and ensuring employees are fit for the work they do. Our goal is to provide a quality professional OH service and promote the provision of a safe and healthy working environment.

Our SEQOHS accreditation means that you have the assurance, through independent validation, that the services provided satisfies the SEQOHS standards for safety, effectiveness and quality as a minimum.

The OH team

  • Specialist occupational health nurse advisors (OHNAs)
  • Consultant cccupational physician
  • A qualified and registered occupational health physiotherapist
  • A team of clinic nurses
  • Manual handling advisors/trainers

Our services

  • Face to face consultations
  • Referral for advice on fitness to work
  • Short and long-term sickness absence
  • Work related injury and return to work plans
  • Advice on modifications or adjustments required for an employee to return to work/permanent/temporary adjustments with regard to the Equality Act 2010
A questionnaire-based health assessment that can be bespoke for your requirements.

Face-to-face consultations are offered, should the prospective employee highlight any long-term significant health concerns.

Health surveillance programmes

(to ensure compliance with HSE recommendations)

  • Hearing tests for employees exposed to noise (subject to hiring a soundproof booth)
  • Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) screening
  • Lung function testing
  • Skin inspections
  • Fork lift truck driver assessment/driver medicals
  • Night worker assessments
  • Confined space assessment
  • Questionnaires for catering staff

Ergonomic workplace assessment

A specialist ergonomic assessment conducted at an individual’s site of work by a qualified and registered physiotherapist. Further to identifying what specialist equipment or support the employee requires to perform their work role, in view of the issues discussed during the assessment, a report (8-10 pages) would then be produced. This report will cover reason for the referral, role and task analysis, observational analysis and recommendations to help support an individual with a disability at work. A sample report can be sent on request, or please call for discussion.

Group display screen assessment training and risk assessment (DSE)

Training can be provided in groups for 5 to 10 people for staff who work predominately with display screen equipment. Training is followed by an individual risk assessment and a brief visit to the individual’s work area. The manager will be updated on equipment recommendations for their staff, or any significant issues highlighted.

‘Physiotherapy is clinically effective and cost effective in the provision of occupational health services – getting people back to work.’ The Work Foundation (2009)

‘Up to 60% of people on long term sick cite Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) as the reason’ – Department of Health (2008)



Pre-training site visits/specialist manual handling advice

Bespoke training can be arranged. Specialist advice is available regarding equipment, policy development and review training needs, risk assessments etc.

Inanimate load training 90 minute session at your premises for up to 20 people

Inanimate load training, including basic exercises, back care awareness, legal issues and risk assessment is available in a 90 minute session at your premises. Attendees receive a training record and certificate of attendance.

Patient handling training 4 hour session at your premises for up to 12 people

Handling of patients/clients to include use of equipment and practical manoeuvres to assist in reducing injuries to staff and patient/clients. Attendees receive a training record and certificate of attendance.

Key Trainer Course

Why not train your own in-house trainer? This course covers legislation, anatomy of the spine, good back care, posture and balance, lifting and carrying a load, use of bed, sitting patient forward, rolling patients, moving patients in the supine position, transfer from surface to surface and risk assessments.  Once completed your trainer can attend an annual Key Trainer Refresher Course for £75.  This course is delivered over 4 days (2 days per week).

Each day is 6–7 hours in length.  Attendees receive handouts, standards of training, training records and certificate of attendance.

We also offer vaccines and blood testing and advice following accidents at work, including sharps/splash injury assessment and advice.


If you are an external company and would like to discuss your OH requirements, please contact us as detailed below.

Switchboard:  01273 696 955

  • Appointments Hotline – x 64011
  • All other enquires – x62983

The Royal Sussex County Hospital, The Art Block, St Mary’s Site, Eastern Road, Brighton  BN2 5BE

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