When making a referral to Occupational Health the manager will need to:
- submit a detailed referral form with all relevant information, eg medical certificates, previous attendance record, job description and membership of superannuation scheme. This is usually arranged via Human Resources. (The Managers Referral Guide [.doc] contains comprehensive details on referring an employee to the Occupational Health Service;
- be aware that referrals regarding fitness to work following sickness absence should be made well in advance of the likely return date, if at all possible;
- ensure that the staff member referred is fully aware of the reason for their referral and aware of their right to refuse to attend for a medical assessment;
- co-operation with suggestions for programmes of rehabilitation back to work following illness or injury;
- nominate a departmental contact that is conversant with the case and able to respond to occupational health queries or advice promptly.
Note: to process requests for early retirement on the grounds of ill health the manager should discuss such requests with the Human Resources Officer (HRO). Where appropriate the HRO will complete Part 1 of the medical forms before making a referral to Occupational Health.