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About our service:

The aim of the Work & Well-Being Service (W&WB) team is to lead and support improvement in the health of the working age population of the Scottish Borders. Getting people into work, keeping them there and keeping them healthy is of vital importance to reducing health inequalities.

Activity supporting this agenda is underpinned by the unified approach taken to workplace health within NHS Borders with a co-ordinated, co-located team established in 2009 under a single management structure.  This allows a ‘one-stop shop’ approach to be taken to service delivery with satellite clinics and on-site visits undertaken based on client need. Key services contributing to health in the workplace include:

Occupational Health Services (OHS)

The service aim is to ensure that people are in work that is compatible with their health status and that work doesn’t adversely impact on health. Acknowledging the fact that many individuals spend a large part of their adult life in the workplace, the service helps to support the overall objectives of any organisation by focusing on improving the health of staff in their work environment.

As Specialist Public Health Practitioners, the OH team support the provision of safe and healthy working conditions by offering individual assessment and corporate services. Services are provided to NHS staff and on an income generation basis to non - NHS organisations.

Working Health Services (WHS)

This Scottish Government funded project has now been running for 3 years and links directly to NHS Borders actions from the Adult Rehabilitation Framework  and Health Works . Providing vocational rehabilitation and occupational health advice, the service is designed to help employees of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) employing less than 250 people, stay at work or return to work sooner if they have health issues.

http://www.healthyworkinglives.com/advice/Legislation-and-policy/work-related-illness-injury/vocational-rehabilitation/working-health-services-scotland/borders-test

Healthy Working Lives (HWL)

As part of a national initiative, the Healthy Working Lives team provide a range of occupational health and safety related advisory services for all businesses in the Scottish Borders the majority of which are SMEs.  These services include health and safety advice, health promotion advice, help with policy development, training, awareness raising, and a 3 tier award scheme.

http://www.healthyworkinglives.com/

This integrated approach means that internally we provide services and support to NHS Borders to ensure that

"Staff are provided with an improved and safe working environment" in line with Staff Governance Standard 5 .

Externally we provide advice and services designed to support a healthy working life which

continuously provides working-age people with the opportunity, ability, support and encouragement to work in ways and in an environment which allows them to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing” in keeping with the ambitions of Health Works.

The focus of the integrated service under single leadership allows seamless delivery of services designed to support health & work.

When are we open:

Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30

How to contact us:

Email: OHSAdmin@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Telephone: 01896 825982

Occupational Health
Rushbank
Newstead
TD6 9DA