The Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure exists to provide a fair and consistent approach to the management of sickness absence in the work place.
Staff can be referred for a formal assessment and report on their fitness for work where there is concern that their health is being affected by their work, or where problems are affecting performance or attendance at work.
Advice can also be requested on the management of health problems which have an impact on an individual's safety to undertake aspects of their role.
If you have concerns about health vulnerabilities of staff planning a return to work on College campuses, we have created a COVID referral to support the assessment of individuals who require advice on their fitness to work on site and further information on mitigating their risk in relation to COVID19.
Neurodiversity Related Support
Where concerns about neurodiversity arise it can cause worry for employees and managers alike. Occupational Health (OH) does not advise specifically on neurodiversity support but can provide support where there are coexisting health-orientated matters such as mental ill-health. In these situations we recommend seeking advice from the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre (EDIC) in the first instance and if required this can be followed up with an OH referral.
Check out EDIC’s webpages to access a range of neurodiversity related resources and support for employees and managers. Please complete the booking form to access support.
Information for Managers and Staff
Information for Managers
Referral of staff to the Occupational Health Service for a fitness assessment can assist you in supporting a member of staff with a health problem which is affecting their ability to undertake their work. We provide you with the objective information you need to deal with the issue fairly and firmly.
Information for Staff
Occupational Health Service encourages managers to seek advice on supporting staff with health problems which are having an impact on their ability to undertake their role. If you are concerned about the impact of a health problem on your ability to undertake your role you can request your line manager to refer you. Human Resources advisors/managers are also able to refer staff for advice. The aim is to provide an accurate, objective and useful opinion on your fitness to do your job and any support you may need.