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July 26, 2011

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OH accreditation scheme honours magnificent seven

Seven occupational-health services have picked up certificates acknowledging their successful accreditation under the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Scheme (SEQOHS).

The accreditation scheme, which is managed by the Royal College of Physicians, was launched in December last year. Professional standards and accreditation for occupational-health services were a key recommendation in Dame Carol Black’s report, ‘Working for a healthier tomorrow, published in March 2008.

Since the scheme’s launch, 137 occupational-health services have registered with SEQOHS, and Dame Carol Black awarded accreditation certificates to the first seven successful services at a special event in London earlier this month.

The seven approved services are:

  • Astrium Ltd, an EADS Company;
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Healthwork Ltd;
  • OHC Consultancy Ltd;
  • RPS Group;
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust; and
  • Working Fit Ltd.

The Faculty’s lead for the project, Dr Paul Nicholson, attributes the success of the scheme to the decision to launch standards a year ahead of its launch.

He said: “Achieving accreditation is no mean feat and involves considerable effort. It is pleasing that all of the accredited services reported that they feel their services have improved and benefited from the accreditation process.”

For more information on the OH standards, see

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In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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