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This document gives a set of recommendations, developed with key stakeholders, to help achieve the vision that suppliers of occupational health services to healthcare staff should play a key role in the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care through promoting and protecting the health of staff.
To achieve this vision, this document outlines how existing services need to be realigned to:
provide services to prevent staff becoming ill or injured at work
actively promote health and well-being in the workplace
maximise access to and retention of work through timely rehabilitation services.
To this end, proposals in three key areas, upon which work needs to be focussed in the initial stages:
Minimum service standards for occupational health services
Occupational health data collection and information sharing
Engagement of and with occupational health services
Working on the key areas to achieve the three realignment measures will help the NHS achieve significant progress toward achieving the £555 million productivity savings by 2013.
The work outlined in this document will be taken forward into the implementation phase through work with key partners to ensure delivery of the ambitions.