Published on February 19, 2014
HOW TO GAIN SEQOHS AS A SMALL OH PROVIDER. Jean Fisher Director The Occupational Health Business Ltd SEQOHS Assessor www.theohbusiness.co.uk @theohbusiness
Introduction Thinking of applying for accreditation? My business is in the SEQOHS process Strategic partner Workare Ltd SEQOHS accredited Why did we decide on accreditation? What process did we use? What are the benefits?
SEQOHS Accreditation www.seqohs.org It is an independent, clinically led third party assessment of an OHS Its a fee paying scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians of London on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine It assures that an OHS is complaint with SEQOHS standards
SEQOHS Standards What standards are used? On 13th January 2010 the SEQOHS standards were launched There are 13 standards in 6 domains: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. Business probity Information governance People Facilities and equipment Relationships with purchasers Relationships with workers NHS Standards © 2010 by the Royal College of Physicians, SEQOHS Office.
First Steps.. Download SEQOHS Accreditation document…free. Look at the structure and set up of your business. Evaluate what you do against what the domains require. Don’t be scared…not all of it applies to small providers. Come up with a gap analysis list of policies/procedures etc. Set timescales to complete project. Attend SEQOHS preparation day.
What sort of evidence do you need to have for SEQOHS? Insurances.. Records of qualifications and registration. Signed contracts in place. Clinical audit process. Clinical policies and procedures. Feedback process from clients. We should all have these anyway?
Workare Ltd Case Study. Workare Ltd is a small provider in Wales OHA owner/OHT/admin and marketing support Business is primarily health surveillance Primarily ad hoc services Gap analysis showed a lot of work was needed Plan put in place over 6 months Accreditation achieved January 2013
The Workare Ltd Experience… Understanding what evidence was required. Reflecting inwardly on what could be improved. Reasons why specific evidence needed. Not just a paper exercise. Establishing a robust business infrastructure.
SEQOHS Support Training Day. Knowledge Management System. Examples of best practice. Traffic light system. Feedback from auditors. 3 month preparation period. Ensuring you are ready to proceed.
Business Benefits…Quotes…. ‘Able to promote that we have accreditation indicating a high quality service’ ‘Promotes a culture of continuous review of what you do and service improvement’ ‘We feel it gives us the edge on other competitors’ ‘The benefits to our practice is evident and on-going’ ‘The accreditation and reaccreditation processes require formal reflection of practices which has a very positive benefit for our teams’ ‘Competitive edge on other OHS providers who are not accredited’
Summary SEQOHS should be our operating system Minimum standards of OH delivery. Investing in our business. Commercial advantage in running a quality assured business. Develops good OH practice. Approx 90 services accredited and over 200 registered. SEQOHS makes you do stuff. Advisable for all OH Providers.
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