SEQOHS: Why accredit?
Helen Kirk
Quality Strategy Facilitator
[email protected]
Helen Kirk 02 Feb 2012
• SEQOHS – what is it?
• The story so far
• Drivers to accredit
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SEQOHS domains
Business and financial propriety
Records and confidentiality
Competent supervised clinicians
Facilities, equipment, medicines
Relationship with employers
Relationship with employees
NHS specific standard
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1. Core standards
Timely intervention
Health assessments for work
Promotion of health and well-being
Teaching and training
2. Business arrangements
3. Deliver agreed KPIs
4. Clinical audit
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Working for a healthier tomorrow
“There should be an integrated
approach to working age health
underpinned by … clear standards of
practice and formal accreditation for all
Dame Carol Black (2008)
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Suitable services
“We recommend that service standards
currently being developed by the Faculty
of Occupational Medicine, in
collaboration with other organisations
including the Royal College of Nursing,
should be adopted by NHS bodies when
Steve Boorman (2009)
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Responsibility deal
“Many NHS organisations have seized
this agenda and made steady progress,
seeing sickness absence rates begin to
fall. However, it is critical that
organisations maintain momentum with
this work.”
“Sign your organisation up to the
commitments and pledges in the
Responsibility Deal.”
David Nicholson (July 2011)
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Responsibility deal pledges
H2. Occupational health standards
We will use only occupational health
services which meet the new
occupational health standards and aim
to be accredited by 2012/13.
H1. Chronic conditions principles within HR
H3. Health & wellbeing within annual reports
H4. Healthier staff restaurants
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Public Health White Paper
“All employers will be encouraged to
contract only those services that are
fully accredited, and to seek preventive
Nov 2010
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Service configuration review
“The literature which is available on OH
and other clinical services provides
overwhelming evidence that economies
of scale and improved quality of care is
consistent with provision by large multidisciplinary teams that meet accreditation
standards and are enabled by information
and communications technology.”
Kirk 2010
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Minimum service level agreements
“All occupational health services must work
towards the Faculty of Occupational
Medicine accreditation, including a series
of quality service levels specific to the
DH (July 2011)
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Five High Impact Changes
• Visible support at board level
• Evidence-based staff health and wellbeing improvement plan
• Build the capability of management
• Engage staff at all levels
• Use an NHS OH service that offers a
targeted, proactive and accredited
support system
DH (July 2011)
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Why? Compliance
“Organisations that achieve improvements will:
• Deliver the duty to have regard to the NHS
• Provide improved and more consistent
performance on staff health and well-being,
which will support delivery of the NHS
Outcomes Framework.
• Meet ambitions to reduce levels of sickness
absence and contribute to QIPP savings.
• Be well positioned to meet CQC essential
quality and safety levels and registration
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Why? Operating Framework
Organisations can take a number of steps
to support work to improve staff health and
wellbeing. These include ensuring their
occupational health services are
accredited to the Faculty of Occupational
Medicine Standards….
DH 2011
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Why? Developing levers
• CQC quality risk profile
• NHSLA risk management
• Local Health and Wellbeing Boards
• Health Education England outcomes
framework inspection regime
• Healthwatch to highlight where staff are
not being properly supported
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Why? Investing in staff health
“It is all too easy … to see staff health and wellbeing as a cost rather than an investment in
service improvement.
“being an exemplar employer in terms of staff
health and well-being will:
•benefit individual staff
•support the drive to deliver high-quality healthcare
services for all
•reinforce the brand image as a caring and committed
•produce real benefits to the bottom line
•reinforce and support public health promotion
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• Accreditation increasingly part of quality systems
• Standards are directly relevant
• Compliant with emerging policy
• Part of the health and wellbeing offer for staff
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SEQOHS: Why accredit?
Any questions?
Helen Kirk
Quality Strategy Facilitator
[email protected]
Helen Kirk 02 Feb 2012

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