Support from Occupational Health
Gloucestershire County Council’s Occupational Health (OH) service is made up of health professionals including specialist Nurses, GP and counsellors. Our aim is to support schools to look after the wellbeing of their staff. We have several preventative programmes that can help staff stay active, healthy and in work, and we regularly give advice and guidance to schools.
We also operate a referral system for individual cases as some employees will benefit from more tailored support. Particularly if they are experiencing several days sickness absence or have a medical condition that requires structured support in school, or their normal workplace.
What to expect if you are referred to our service.
Firstly, don’t worry, we are here to support you and help you make improvements to your health and wellbeing while you are at work.
You will be referred to our service by your Head Teacher or another member of school leadership who should seek your consent to the referral. Once received we will contact you to arrange a telephone consultation with a member of our team. We will listen to you, offer our advice and guidance, and share with you our recommendations for how your employer can support you. This might include suggested temporary changes to your work pattern or longer-term workplace adjustments. You will have an opportunity to comment on the report we send back to your school.
OH also provides access to the County Council’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which provides 24 hours 7 days a week support (please note employees will only be able to access this where the school buys this service from the Council).
For further details of Occupational Health services available, see the occupational health pages on schools net.