Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service
After working towards our SEQOHS accreditation we were finally awarded it in September 2015. We are happy that this is both a proof and a recognition of our commitment to offering the highest quality occupational health and safety services in the Midlands and across the United Kingdom.
SEQOHS or Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service is a set of standards and a process of voluntary 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.
Scope Of SEQOHS
SEQOHS applies to core clinical occupational health services (ie. services provided by doctors, nurses and occupational health technicians) and is relevant to all types and size of occupational health services whether they are in-house or outsourced.
SEQOHS does not apply to non-clinical services that may sometimes be provided as part of more comprehensive occupational health services (eg. occupational hygiene and ergonomics). Nor do they apply to niche services (eg. services that only provide physiotherapy or counselling).
SEQOHS relates to professional activities and does not extend to an employer’s legal responsibilities, which are already addressed by existing laws and regulations.
SEQOHS does not obviate the need for:
- an occupational health service to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.
- a purchaser to use due diligence when selecting an occupational health service.
Aims Of SEQOHS
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
Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain's working-age population Working for a healthier tomorrow published in March 2008 advocated clear standards of practice and formal accreditation of all providers who support people of working age. The Government’s response to the review, improving health and work: changing lives, endorsed that recommendation.
In response to this a broad stakeholder group led by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine developed standards and accreditation for occupational health services. The standards were launched as SEQOHS in January 2010 and the accreditation scheme was launched in December 2010.
The standards are grouped into 6 domains that relate to:
- Business probity (business integrity and financial propriety)
- Information governance (adequacy and confidentiality of records)
- People (competency and supervision of occupational health staff)
- Facilities and equipment (safe, accessible and appropriate)
- Relationships with purchasers (fair dealing and customer focus)
- Relationships with workers (fair treatment, respect and involvement)
- NHS Standard