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, contributing to the good health of people at work or who would like to be at work.
The Government launched ‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ on 29 July 2011. This states that all occupational health services who deal with patient care (i.e., the NHS) must work towards the Faculty of Occupational Medicine accreditation, including a series of quality levels unique to the NHS. ‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ sets out the Government’s aims of occupational health services in the NHS. The goal is to help NHS organisations be exemplary in occupational health provision and staff health and wellbeing in line with the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal.
Since then there is a drive to get all OH services accredited so they can compete for government OH contracts. Many of the larger national OH services as well as a significant proportion of the NHS services have taken the road to make the goal of being advertised on the SEQOHS website as being pretty damn good. The supposition being that anyone who isn’t must either be in the process or mad not to want to ….
- enabling OH services meet aspirational standards of practice
- crediting high quality occupational health services for their good work and providing independent validation that satisfy standards of quality
- raising OH standards across the board
- helping purchasers and customers find good OH services
New about SEQOHS
SEQOHS is working with Constructing Better Health and Physiotherapists to develop their own unique domain within SEQOHS, to go alongside the domain developed for the NHS occupational health services.
As of August 2016, there are 196 Occupational Health services with the SEQOHS Accreditation. And the same number in the process of accreditation.
Or if you want to access the SEQOHS frequently asked question sheet