01 / 4 / 2015 2.30pm
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has today launched revised Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) standards. SEQOHS is a voluntary accreditation system for occupational health services. An important change is that the NHS standards (previously an extra domain) are now incorporated into the existing domains, A to F. Achievement of the NHS requirements will be recognised in the SEQOHS certification.
Occupational health services which are already accredited or going through the accreditation process will be allowed a period of grace before moving to the revised standards.
Other changes include:
- a new standard requiring systematic audit of clinical practice
- a requirement that purchasers must be advised of the value of conducting an occupational health needs assessment
- special guidance for single-handed practitioners.
The refreshing of the standards is one of a number of developments currently underway for SEQOHS. The scope of the standards is being extended to include occupational health physiotherapy services. This introduction follows a successful pilot scheme run in collaboration with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE). Occupational health physiotherapy services can register with SEQOHS from 1 May 2015.