Occupational Health Adviser (22.5 hrs per week Maternity Cover)
Occupational Health Adviser (OHA)
MAIN WORK SITE: Offices of Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory
Service (SOHAS) and designated health centres and surgeries
ACCOUNTABLE TO: SOHAS Manager
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
- 1. Advice and Case Work Service
To attend at designated health centres and surgeries or the city centre office at agreed times to see clients by appointment.
1.1 Interview clients and assess client need using appropriate guidance on best practice including protocols, current legislation and reference material.
1.2 Advise , coach, motivate and clients and formulate action plans to promote health and wellbeing
1.3 Contribute to protecting people at risk at work.
1.4 Enable people to address specific needs in relation to health and well-being
1.5Research into issues connected with patient health problems
1.6 Communicate with third parties to resolve occupational health matters by letter, phone, electronically or face-to-face (e.g. GPs, health care professionals, employers, Job Centre Plus, Trade unions, community and voluntary groups, enforcement agencies).
1.7 Provide information and written material to clients.
1.8 Making appropriate referrals to health services and other statutory or voluntary sector bodies.
1.9 Making appropriate referrals for representation in respect of compensation claims and social security appeals to specialist agencies including advice services and solicitors.
1.10 Provide advocacy and/or representation depending on level of intervention required at disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, industrial injury and employment tribunals
1.11 To provide specific advice on work hazards, work systems, working environments, harmful substances and risk assessment.
1.12 To undertake screening tests for vibration white finger, hearing loss and lung function and any other appropriate tests needed by the client.
1.13 To provide training on specific topics for groups of health professionals in practices when required
1.14 To take part in the induction, mentoring, and professional development of other advisers.
- 3. Organisation
3.1 To carry out responsibilities of the post with full regard to the equal opportunities policy of SOHAS and to support and implement anti-discriminatory practice in all areas of SOHAS work.
3.2 To represent SOHAS at meetings and other bodies as required and agreed with the SOHAS manager and trustees.
3.3 To provide information and talks about the role of SOHAS and occupational health matters to outside organisations as required.
3.4 To seek opportunities to develop and build personal and professional skills to enhance performance within this job
3.5 To attend training sessions as determined or agreed by the SOHAS manager or management trustees and to provide written evaluative feedback on these to the SOHAS manager and OHA colleagues.
3.6 To attend and participate in regular workers’, advisers’ and trustee meetings as required.
3.7 To prepare verbal or written reports on work undertaken as required by the SOHAS Manager, the management trustees and Sheffield City Council
3.8 To be accountable to the SOHAS manager or the management trustees and to take part in supervision and appraisal process.
3.9 To carry out any other duties appropriate to the job as agreed with the SOHAS Manager and management trustees.
PERSON SPECIFICATION: Occupational Health Advisor
Please use the specification to provide evidence on each of the essential criteria within your application to demonstrate your ability to carry out the post.
- Educated preferably to degree level or to a good standard with relevant qualifications or experience.
Employment / Experience (Previous and Present)
- Understanding or experience of the issues faced by people workplace health problems in employment
- Experience of giving information, advice or guidance
- Experience of working with employers to get people back to work.
- Self sufficient in admin and main Microsoft packages eg:
- An effective evaluator of people’s problems.
- Ability to show initiative in developing and promoting the service and networking with relevant agencies
- Able to work closely with members of primary care teams within GP surgeries.
- Good problem solving skills
- Good motivational, communication and listening skills
- Good presentation and communication skills
- Good organisational ability
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to travel in the local area
- Ability to occasionally work outside of office hours.
- Experience of delivering training to individuals and groups
- Ability to mediate with employers and employees
- Understand the principles of employment law as it applies to occupational health and safety.
- Experience of providing employment law advice on a one on one basis
- Understanding of current issues in Occupational Health.
- Understand the principles of occupational health and safety legislation.
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