BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Occupational Health & Wellbeing department has been praised for the high standard of service it provides to staff after receiving a nationally recognised re-accreditation.
The team has once again been awarded with the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) Accreditation following a formal, independent assessment.
SEQOHS is a scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians in association with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The accreditation criteria is measured against a set of comprehensive standards designed to help raise the level and quality of care provided by Occupational Health & Wellbeing providers.
Launched in December 2010, the standards cover areas such as staff competency, safety and accessibility of facilities and equipment, and meeting specific NHS standards.
Sue Wild, Head of Occupational Health at the Trust, said: “Looking after staff, making sure they are healthy and well, is a priority for the organisation and essential to making sure the Trust is able to deliver safe and compassionate care to patients, every time.
“This work has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic as it is vital that we do all we can to support staff through one of the most challenging times many of them will ever face in their careers.
“This accreditation proves our commitment to providing a high quality service, as we believe that a well looked after workforce is one that provides better care and support to patients.
“It also provides independent validation of our focus to continuously deliver quality occupational health and wellbeing service.”