28th August 2014
Occupational Health Consultancy Shows Rapid Growth
An occupational health consultancy headquartered in Belfast City Centre has expanded rapidly since it began.
The Occupational Health, Risk and Disability consultancy (ohrd) offers a comprehensive range of occupational health related services, including risk analysis and assessment of disability related to employment. Initially operating with one member of staff, the company now employs 10 – including doctors, nurses and administrators. In the coming year they plan to employ three more in the form of two administrators and a nurse.
Established in 2007 by Consultant Occupational Physician Dr Tony McGread, the company provides occupational health services to public and private enterprises of all sizes, offering expert advice to employers, occupational pension funds and the legal profession. The company operates from three locations across Northern Ireland – Belfast City Centre, Derry/Londonderry and Enniskillen.
Dr McGread, who personally invested £350,000 into creating and opening the business, said: “Despite the economic downturn at the time of inception, there was an opportunity with the growth of occupational health and the recognised need for it in many firms across Northern Ireland.
“Occupational health itself is becoming more prominent, as the UK Government endorses the value of promoting health in the work setting. Helping to both prevent and manage ill health can lead to reduced overheads in the long term.”
ohrd is the first medical company in Northern Ireland to gain an official accreditation for exemplary clinical standards. The accreditation is known as the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS). This gives its NI clients the reassurance that they are receiving best practice and highly professional services.
In the UK, approximately 150 companies have the accreditation. The SEQOHS is a system for occupational health services which is used to raise the overall standard of care provided, helping purchasers differentiate between average and excellent services.
Dr McGread continued: “Since the company started, it has gone from strength to strength, with the rate of out-sourcing from the public sector and an increase in private sector companies settling in NI, the industry will continue to grow and provide opportunities for ohrd. In addition to company size, we pride ourselves on the quality of the work we carry out. Attaining the SEQOHS accreditation means our clients can be assured that ohrd uses highly trained and qualified staff, using state-of-the-art, quality procedures to give the best possible advice to those that use the services.”
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Rory McCurry, MCE Public Relations
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