Quality & Governance Resources

An employer’s guide to engaging an occupational physician
From the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

Good Occupational Medical Practice 2017
Prepared by a Working Group of the Faculty

Occupational Health Service Standards for Accreditation 2010

Managing the health of your business
Advice from the Society of Occupational Medicine.

Clinical resources for  Employers & Employees.

Back Pain at Work : A guide for people at work and their employers
From theFaculty of Occupational Medicine.

National Guideline on the Occupational Aspects of the Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 

Pandemic flu: guidance for employers

Health and Work
A booklet, available here from The Stationery Office, for workers/patients offering information on work and health, and providing practical advice on how they can contribute to their return to work plan

HSE free leaflets
A range of leaflets providing clear and simple advice on a range of health and safety issues for both employers and employees

Medical referrals in employment – Is the Doctor appropriately qualified?

A short guide for employees and their representatives to advise on how to check if a health provider is accredited and whether a doctor is registered on the General Medical Council. 

Overcoming Disability at  Work

Creating a healthy workplace
An employer’s guide produced by the Faculties of Occupational Medicine and Public Health

Direct Gov: The Office for Disability Issues
Home Page

DWP Disability Employment Advisers

DWP Access to Work
Access to Work can help patients whose health or disability affects the way they do their job. Advice resource

Shaw Trust Ability at Work
Shaw Trust is a national charity that provides training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances. It is the largest voluntary sector provider of employment services for disabled people in the UK. Good resource for employing disabled people

Employers’ Forum on Disability
Employers’ organisation focused on disability as it affects business. Their mission is to enable companies to become disability confident by making it easier to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers

The Health and Work Handbook
FOM/SOM/DWP guide Online summary

Advising Patients About Work

  • A flyer with evidence for GPs to consider when advising patients about work
  • Guidance on Return to work following elective procedures and some illnesses.

Get Well Soon – Advice for patients going for surgery

  • From the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Patient information from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist

Fitness for work after surgery – Consensus guidelines

  • A Working Fit Ltd publication by Dr Tony Williams

British Heart Foundation

  • Patient advice on returning to work

Health and Safety at work

Leading health and safety at work
HSE publication providing leadership actions for directors and board members. The guidance, written by directors for directors, offers straightforward practical advice on how to plan, deliver, monitor and review health and safety in the workplace

Occupational Health toolkit
Published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), this is a free online resource offering information, guidance, factsheets, case studies, training materials, presentations and more to help Health and Safety professionals tackle Occupational Health problems

Health and Wellbeing Self Check Tool
Another IiP tool to help you monitor and improve your approach to keeping your people healthy and well

HSE Corporate Health and Safety Performance Index
Designed to help organisations with more than 250 employees assess and improve their health and safety practices

Business Link Health and safety performance indicator
This self-assessment tool helps you find out how well you are handling your health and safety especially in small and medium sized businesses assess and improve their health and safety practices. Registration is required, but is free.

Occupational Health Clinical Effectiveness Unit (OHCEU): OH Services for SMEs
Resource material provided by NHS Plus

A Guide To Workplace Hazards & Occupational Safety

An in-depth guide by Safetec Direct about the importance of health and safety awareness in the workplace.

Gives an overview of the laws and legal obligations of employers in ensuring a safe working environment, information about many potential hazards in the workplace and guidance on how to implement a workplace health and safety policy. 

Workplace-based health promotion

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
ENWHP is an informal network of national occupational health and safety institutes, public health, health promotion and statutory social insurance institutions. It aims through the joint efforts of all its members and partners to contribute to improving workplace health and well-being and reduce the impact of work related ill health on the European workforce. Many publications related to WHP are on the site

The ENWHP Toolbox
This toolbox is particularly useful

Promoting physical activity in the workplace
NICE guidance is for employers and professionals in small, medium and large organisations who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, improving health in the workplace

Think Fit! Be Active
British Heart Foundation Workplace Health Programme. Includes presentation downloads, assessment tools and employee posters

Smoking: Workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation
NICE Guidelines

Men’s Health Forum

Lifestyle and General Wellbeing

Websites with information about smoking



Websites with information about exercising:





Websites with information about diet and nutrition:




Websites with information about alcohol use: