Occupational Health Nursing Adviser
Occupational Health Nursing Adviser
Under the clinical guidance of the Senior Occupational Health Physician, assist in providing an Occupational Health Service to the Force.
Assist line managers in managing attendance effectively
Ensure that prospective and current employees are physically and mentally capable of performing their duties
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct sickness management clinics to assess staff; with the aim of assisting early recovery and thereby encouraging an early return to work. Provide advice to managers in respect of the prospects of a return to full duties; taking into consideration the possible requirement for recuperative duties, rehabilitation, retraining or consideration of adjustments in connection with Disability legislation.
- Examine and assess staff who attend the unit; exercising clinical judgment regarding treatment, advice and onward referral where appropriate, to an Occupational Health Physician, Physiotherapist, Welfare Officer or to an external specialist or agency.
- Undertake ‘Nurse-led medicals’; utilizing the skills of clinical history taking and physical examination; to assist in conducting pre-employment assessments on Police Recruits and other designated roles.
- Undertake domiciliary visits, when appropriate.
- Participate regularly in sickness absence meetings with the appropriate managers in Divisions and Branches. Advise senior managers and line managers on matters relating to the well-being of the work force or to individual cases and recommend appropriate courses of action
- Implement the delivery of training programmes on health related issues e.g. Infectious Diseases or Stress.
- When necessary carry out the Clinical Nurse function: e.g. pre-employment and in-service mandatory screening, voluntary screening and immunisation in order to support Unit processes and workflows.
- Maintain regular contact with primary health care teams e.g. General Practitioners, Consultants, and CPNs in the wider community for the benefit of the force.
- If required to do so, represent the Unit on appropriate working parties within the force.
- Ensure that confidential records (paper and IT) are developed and maintained.
- Assist in the undertaking of clinical audits. Ensure value for money for the force
- Maintain professional accountability and keep up to date with new occupational health legislation and its implications.
- Liaising with Physiotherapy if necessary, provide an appropriate and adequate workplace assessment service, when appropriate.
- Undertake occasional research and prepare reports on health care issues as directed by the OHU Manager
- To promote and comply with the force's policies on health and safety both in the delivery of services and the treatment of others.
- Comply with and promote equality legislation and the force's policies on diversity and equality. Take steps to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations
- To fully participate in the force's development review process
- If you have responsibility for staff; to manage staff development, performance and attendance using appropriate force policy and procedure.
- To comply with the requirements of the force's policies on Drug and Alcohol testing – requirements in respect of specific posts/ roles are described in the policies which are available on the Intranet/SharePoint.
- All staff and officers must adhere to and comply with Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Human Rights legislation and the Authorised Professional Practice (Information Management). The most current guidance and advice in respect of compliance with the legislation and information / records management standards can be found on the Information Management Intranet site/Information Services SharePoint site.
- To carry out such other duties which are consistent with the nature, responsibilities and grading of the post.