This page provides some of the most frequently asked questions about work health assessment requirements in the NHS. These FAQs should be read in conjunction with the work health assessment standard.
Q. Is there a list of what immunisations might be required for different positions?
It is difficult to give a set schedule of required vaccinations as this will differ between healthcare professions and between NHS organisations. We would therefore strongly recommend that employers work with their occupational health (OH) departments to determine which immunisations might be appropriate for each role, based on what would be considered proportionate to risk, both in the relation to the health and wellbeing of the individual themselves and from any potential patient safety aspect.
Employers will find it useful to refer to further guidance and advice provided by the OH team at NHS Health at Work to ensure they comply with the most up to date legislation in this regard.
Employers will need to refer to the Department of Health and Social Care Green Book which sets out the standards that determine which vaccinations are required for different healthcare workers.
Health professionals and immunisation practitioners can register to receive updates from Public Health England on vaccination requirements.
Q. Do employers need to undertake a work health assessment on workers supplied by agencies/contractors that are on a framework agreement?
Although employers can require and accept work health assessments carried out by agencies and third party staffing providers that are on a framework agreement, the overarching responsibility for assuring the health and safety of all workers falls to the employing organisation. It will therefore be essential for employers to seek the necessary written assurances that all workers have the necessary occupational health clearance before permitting them to take up post.
As outlined in the question above, it will be imperative that agencies and other third party staffing providers work closely with their occupational health provider to fully recognise and understand the responsibilities of both clinical and non-clinical roles and the risks associated with those roles.