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Occupational Health

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health (OH) Service aims to deliver a high quality services that meet the needs and expectations of all Derbyshire Healthcare employees. The service is provided by a team of OH doctors, specialist nurses and OH nurses, led by a Consultant in Occupational Medicine in conjunction with a Lead Nurse and supported by admin and clerical staff.


Employees who are in need of help and advice may self-refer to an OH nurse. This is best arranged by phoning for an appointment (contact details below). All such self-referral consultations remain completely confidential, and no information will be relayed to management unless the employee requests this.

Service delivery

The OH team provides a wide range of services which are designed to protect, maintain and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of employees at work. Please click on the tabs at the below for more information:

The list of immunisations and vaccinations our Occupational Health service provide are as follows: 

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Diptheria/Polio/Tetanus
  • Typhoi.


When you commence work for the Trust, most staff have a ‘new-starter appointment’, where you are given any immunisation updates that you may need. This should be within four weeks of your starting date.

Health screening includes the pre-employment process, where a person is cleared to work for the Trust through a new-starter appointment. This is usually within four weeks of starting at the Trust.

Unless prior immunity can be proven, employees are tested for immunity to MMR and chickenpox. If you were born overseas or have lived abroad for longer than six months, then more extensive testing will be carried out, with a Mantoux test and a chest x-ray to screen for TB. Occupational Health nurses can also carry out a skin assessment.

For administrative staff who regularly use a computer, there’s also a display screen equipment (DSE) eye test.

It is vital to attend a health screening appointment to ensure your health, safety and wellbeing whilst at work. Managers are responsible for ensuring that staff can be released to attend their appointment. 

Health surveillance differs from health screening in that it is a statutory procedure.

This focuses on staff who work in high-risk areas, such as the emergency department, theatres and laboratories. Employees are monitored for early warning signs of work-related ill-health for those exposed to certain hazards including asbestos, cement, prolonged vibrations or chemicals.

In its simplest form, health surveillance is undertaken by employees themselves through the reporting of signs and symptoms of ill-health. This is classed as ‘low level surveillance’.

In some cases, clinical investigations are necessary and this is ‘high level surveillance’. For the example the Occupational Health Service offers respiratory sensitisers, latex allergies, hand arm vibration (HAVs) and hearing tests.

All members of staff are expected to be committed to providing an efficient and effective service to patients of the Trust. The commitment to attend work is integral to this aim. 

In return, managers will provide any reasonable support, advice and guidance to enable staff to do this and will be supportive if staff are unable to attend work due to illness.

The Trust supports managers and employees by providing relevant medical information to reduce the likelihood of absence, and help facilitate return to work. This support can be accessed by completing the Management Referral Form. Additionally, employees can self-refer to Occupational Health by telephoning 01332 254747.

Managers can also seek advice on the following:

  • How to complete a referral form

  • Appropriate questions to ask

  • Once you have received a report, if clarity is required you can call to discuss this with the Occupational Health specialist.


Call 01332 254747

There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing events and feelings. Members of our family and/or friends may be supportive, but sometimes we feel the need to talk to someone who is not personally involved.    

All counselling support is now available through Confidential Care the Trusts Employee Assistance Programme call 0800 085 1376. Support is also available for family member who live in the same household and are over 16 years of age.

Is counselling for me?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. It aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.

Counselling can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.


What you discuss in counselling will be treated with respect and one of the counsellor’s main concerns is to offer you a safe space where you can discuss personal things ‘in confidence’.    

There are a few circumstances where more information needs to be shared, for example where there are serious concerns about the safety of yourself or others. Any concerns you might have about confidentiality should be discussed in your initial appointment with the counsellor.    

Counselling is an ‘enabling’ process and can be an effective way of facilitating change.    

It’s a safe place where you can:

  • Have the opportunity to explore a current difficulty
  • Look at ways of managing personal or work-related stress or trauma
  • Share your feelings after perhaps experiencing a personal loss or a bereavement
  • Explore relationship issues
  • Look at ways of coping with your anxieties
  • Build confidence to be able to take responsibility for any decisions and choices you make.

Did you know you can have a free and confidential health check with the Occupational Health department at any time?

This thirty-minute assessment includes information and advice on:  

  • Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
  • Waist measurement
  • Blood pressure
  • Urine analysis
  • Advice/support on individual health
  • Health education material specific to your results.


Contact Occupational Health on 01332 254747 to arrange an appointment between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

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Occupational Health Services
Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Level 1, London Road Community Hospital
London Road

Tel: 01332 254747

Fax: 01332 380292

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