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Commissioning Occupational Health services
NHS Employers has published two pieces of guidance (updated 2013), Commissioning OH Services and Your Occupational Health Service, to assist occupational health leaders, HR directors and boards in commissioning OH services and understanding what commissioned OH services should be delivering for their organisation.
Your Occupational Health Service aims to ensure that NHS organisations are clear about what to expect from their OH service. It also provides guidance on how to monitor that service, and what to do with the information to ensure the service delivers the best support to staff.
Commissioning Occupational Health Services will support commissioning teams in procuring services from multi-disciplinary occupational health providers that offer a range of skills and expertise.
These two documents support the consolidation of occupational health services agenda.
Service Level Agreement Template
NHS Health at Work has launched a SLA template, which can be adapted locally for occupational health units to use with their providers. The template is currently undergoing quality assurance for inclusion on the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) Knowledge Management System.
A copy of the template is available here.