Ask Yourself Why You Need Both Experience And Expertise From Occupational Health?
Irrespective of the size of your organisation, or the size of your budget, you need to be confident that when you’re paying for occupational health advice, it’s the best you can get.
It’s hard to trust the advice of a General Practitioner led service who knows the basics only.
It’s also hard to trust the advice of an Occupational Physician who baffles you with medical jargon.
Similarly, can you be comfortable with the advice of an occupational provider with no occupational health qualifications or successful track record. Choosing the wrong occupational health provider for your business can leave you woefully out of pocket and no further on.
An experienced health physician who has earned their stripes over the years will have developed a keen understanding of what employees need to ‘get back to work’ after illness and how management can assist that process within the legislative boundaries/guidelines.
You can be confident that their recommendations are neither lifted completely from a textbook nor based on the shallow experience of working with only a handful of clients.
A good occupational health physician should have expertise in a wide range of occupational health strategies, medical assessments, policy and procedure development, training and presentations, advisory services, risk assessment as well as operational support to clients.
Their portfolio should be brimming with successful projects – past and present. They should relish your questions and be able to illustrate their answers with case studies that you can identify with. When assisting your employees ‘back to work’ after illness the occupational health physician should work closely with management as well as voluntary and other agencies, General practitioners, physiotherapists and other specialists as required.
A good occupational health physician should have credible occupational health qualifications – ideally MFOM status. This means they have to maintain their professional qualifications with an annual programme of continuous professional development (CPD).
If after gaining an understanding of your requirements they arrive at the conclusion that they cannot help you, they should let you know.
They should be willing to share their experience and advice with you initially at no charge enabling you to explore the potential of the relationship without commitment.
You should be aware of their pricing structure from the outset and understand what you can expect for their fees.
They should provide you with a list of their current clients so giving you the opportunity to hear directly from the ‘horse’s mouth’ what they are like to work with, what they have delivered and whether it met expectations.
They must have professional indemnity insurance.
They must have the courage of their convictions and be ready to make unambiguous decisions about an employee.
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