Revised Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) standards launched


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. 

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