The University of Nottingham has appointed a new company to provide occupational health services to staff and students. OHWorks has vast experience of working for public and private sector organisations, including universities, NHS trusts and local authorities. OHWorks is a SEQOHS-accredited occupational company, which means it has been assessed and inspected by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and found to be a “Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service”. The SEQOHS accreditation scheme is managed by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
OHWorks utilises the latest electronic processes, such as online referrals and online pre-enrolment/pre-employment health questionnaires. Staff and students referred to occupational health will be offered appointments within two working days with the appropriate member of the OHWorks clinical team. After the appointment, a report will be issued within two working days (in most cases within 24 hours).
OHWorks’ skilled team of nurses and physicians can meet all the University’s health surveillance needs, providing testing in spirometry, audiometry, hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) as well as many types of specialist health surveillance.
Students requiring immunisations or blood tests in order to be cleared for clinical placement will be offered an appointment with an OH Nurse Advisor at a specified time and date, arranged after discussion with the student to confirm their availability. At large immunisation clinics, students will be given a specific appointment time, unlike the current system whereby students are asked to attend, for example, between 9 am and 12.30 pm on a given date. OHWorks believes that giving students a fixed appointment time significantly improves the quality of the student experience of occupational health.
For future intakes, new students will be emailed the date of their clinic appointment and will then able to choose their own appointment time by visiting the occupational health website and reserving their appointment slot.
OHWorks has been the OH provider to City University London since 2012, and each year oversees the immunisation and screening of approximately 750 nursing and healthcare students. OHWorks has been the OH provider to London South Bank University since 2013, and each year oversees the immunisation and screening of approximately 950 nursing, healthcare and education students.
Other university clients include the University of East London (staff), London Metropolitan University (staff), Brunel University London (staff), and Canterbury Christ Church University (staff and students).
OHWorks’ founder and managing director is Marina Waters, a Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health who also holds a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, a Diploma in Occupational Health and a postgraduate Certificate in Health Service Management. She has more than 20 years’ occupational health experience, 14 of these in the NHS and 12 as OH Services Manager at acute hospitals in London. She spent three years in NHS management as Head of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing.