SEQOHS, or Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service, is a set of standards and a process of accreditation that aims to help to raise the overall standard of care provided by occupational health services, thus helping to make a meaningful difference to the health of people of working age.
The Government launched ‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ on 29 July. This states that all occupational health services must work towards the Faculty of Occupational Medicine accreditation, including a series of quality levels specific to the NHS. They should achieve this or be ready to do so by March 2013.
‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ sets out the Government’s proposals for the practical realignment of occupational health services in the NHS. The aim is to help NHS organisations to be exemplary in occupational health provision and staff health and wellbeing in line with the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal.
SEQOHS aims to:
- enable services to identify the standards of practice to which they should aspire
- credit good work being done by high quality occupational health services, providing independent validation that they satisfy standards of quality
- raise standards where they need to be raised
- help purchasers differentiate occupational health services that attain the desired standards from those that do not
Providers of occupational health services to NHS organisations are required to meet some NHS specific standards in addition to the SEQOHS standards. These are detailed in the NHS Accreditation Standards checklist.
The SEQOHS Accreditation Scheme is run by the Royal College of Physicians of London, on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. For further information see www.seqohs.org.
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