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Occupational health


Maximising attendance, not just reducing absence.

Our occupational health team at St Joseph's Hospital, conveniently located in south Wales, will work with you to reduce sickness levels and promote employee health and wellbeing with a bespoke strategy specifically designed to effectively use the budget you have in your business. We will work with you to create a unique back to work pathway for those employees who are on sick leave and also assist you to maximise workforce attendance.


We use an integrated case management approach to absence management and can recommend fast track services within St Joseph’s to ensure early diagnosis and swift treatment, enabling employees to return to work quicker. If the employee is waiting for an NHS Consultant appointment, physiotherapy, an imaging scan such as CT or MRI, or counselling for example, we can book an appointment without delay to establish a diagnosis and an onward treatment plan which is likely to improve the timescales for an employee's return to work. We will work with you and keep you informed at every stage.


We hold regular clinics, and accept ad hoc and urgent appointments. Consultations can take place here at St Joseph’s, in your workplace or over the telephone as a remote consultation.

Do you have a budget for sickness, but not health?


The CIPD Annual Survey Report 2015 identified that sickness absence costs employers an average of over £600 per employee annually. The most common reasons for absence are acute medical conditions, stress, mental ill health, musculoskeletal injuries and back pain. Waiting a lengthy period of time for NHS diagnostic testing is common and this can extend the absence period significantly.


We can help you to maximise your budget so that all options are available at an early stage to return an employee to work as soon as possible, or even prevent the absence in the first place. Having healthier employees, means that they will be less likely to need to use some of the costlier benefits you may provide, such as private medical insurance, to treat conditions that may have been preventable.


Corporate Wellbeing at St Joseph's Hospital

Sickness absence and poor employee health pose a risk to business in terms of lost productivity and direct costs. HSE advise that pragmatic business reasons exist for the development of absence management and wellbeing programmes. Organisations who use this approach can see significant reductions in health insurance and civil claims due to injury and gain dramatic savings through reduced sickness absence and all over increased productivity.

Do you have an EAP but employees are still waiting for NHS services?

Many organisations invest in an employee assistance programme to support employees with mental health issues, only to find that absence levels are still increasing due to NHS waiting lists to diagnose other conditions. Having access to fast track services at St Joseph’s, including private GP services, counselling and physiotherapy, means that you can refer employees for certain investigations, treatment and Consultant appointments with minimal delays, enabling your employees to return to work much quicker.


Health surveillance and fitness for work assessments

From expert urgent care and follow-up of work-related injuries, to a variety of cost-effective screening, surveillance and prevention programmes, we offer a full range of services designed with your business needs in mind.


We can provide occupational health services on your site or hold appointments at St Joseph’s Hospital, whichever meets your business requirements. The HSE advise that ‘health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed. Health surveillance may be required by law if your employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air.’


We can carry out an initial OH needs assessment and provide you with a written recommendation of your needs. An annual health assessment plan will then be produced and agreed with you.

Rather than routinely testing all employees each year for everything, each employee can be tested as necessary at one appointment and a fit for work certificate issued covering all tasks undertaken by the employee. This avoids the disruption to the business of one employee having several tests done throughout the year.

Assessments include:


  • DSE workstation advice and assessment
  • New starter reasonable adjustment assessments
  • Pregnancy risk assessments
  • Night worker assessments
  • Fork lift truck fitness assessments
  • Confined space and breathing apparatus medicals
  • Audiometry
  • Spirometry
  • Skin surveillance
  • HAVS
  • Off shore medicals
  • Baseline fitness to work medicals
  • Immigration medicals

Any employees with abnormal findings can be fast tracked seamlessly through our comprehensive range of hospital services for onward diagnosis and treatment.


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