North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH) originally gained SEQOHS accreditation in 2012 and has recently undergone its five year re-accreditation assessment. The department achieved an impressive five congratulations with no recommendations for improvement and as such is being championed as an exemplary service.
Phil Waterworth is the head of Occupational Health at NWBH and has shared some top tips for re-accreditation:
Start early and allocate time in your diary
Involve the whole team and communicate the benefits of SEQOHS so it’s viewed positively
Attend the SEQOHS study day and adhere to the advice
Communicate early with other departments that are required to provide evidence such as I.T, I.G and Finance
Delegate tasks throughout the team and ensure deadlines are met
Treat the five year re-accreditation as a new assessment and don’t just submit the same evidence as the initial accreditation
Work through each standard systematically and keep a local copy of your submission
Upload each standard as its completed
Communicate with your assessors via the portal if you have any questions or queries
Use the presentation to inform the inspectors of any changes since the initial accreditation and detail how the department has progressed over the last 5 years.
The Occupational Health 2018 conference is being held in London from 25-27 June, hosted by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and the Society of Occupational Medicine.
The programme features key aspects of occupational health and medicine, including leading speakers presenting research, discussions on key challenges, practical workshops and case reviews, social and networking events.
Come and visit our stand to hear about how to register, find out about our new training programme, or just meet the team!
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