Management referrals are intended to address any health problems which may be affecting an employee’s attendance or performance in the workplace. A Management referral is delivered to help employees return to work quickly and safely after a period of absence, and to identify any short or long-term modifications to their duties that may be required.
Why might a Management referral be needed?
Occupational health exists to keep people healthy, productive by providing independent specialist medical advice and support to employers and employees. Some of the most common reasons a referral is required include any frequent short-term absences, stress, depression, musculoskeletal problems and long-term illness. Presenteeism is an increasing problem, with many employees struggling with ongoing health conditions which can lead to decreased productivity, stress and burnout. Sometimes specialist services such as physiotherapy and mental health support are required to expedite recovery. Where appropriate these are delivered by the Occupational health provider as part of the process.
The Management Referral consultation includes an in-depth assessment of the employee’s health, specifically in relation to their duties and working environment. An assessment which recognises the multiple influences on an individual’s wellbeing, resilience and ability to work effectively is key to understanding the needs of the employee. Consideration is given to any current treatment and whether self-help strategies will help an employee to improve their health and wellbeing in the short and long-term.
The Management Referral is carried out by an Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) or Advisor (OHA), an Occupational Health Physician (OHP) or a Specialist (Mental Health, Musculoskeletal), ensuring that the specific needs of the employee are catered for.
What to expect from a Management referral
As the Occupational Health provider, we provide an impartial opinion on fitness to work. Where possible we also provide an opinion on long-term prognosis. Creative solutions are devised that are workable for all parties which reflect the duties of the Equality Act 2010. The consultation is followed by an in-depth report to the manager and employee within 48 hours of the assessment.