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Absence management

Our services are designed to reduce disruption, loss of productivity and general management
time wasted dealing with absence issues.
What's it all about?
Reducing the amount of absences by identifying risk factors before they develop and offering return to work support for absentees.

For many, the main purpose of engaging an occupational health provider is to manage staff absences. This means reducing the amount of absences, shortening absences by offering return to work support, and reducing the effect it has on the school by having provisions in place.

Our services are designed to reduce disruption, loss of productivity and general management time wasted dealing with absence issues. They also help to facilitate a much faster return-to-work of your employees after a spell of absence.

Some of our absence management services can be seen below.

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One of the first steps in identifying a health issue and developing a support plan is an occupational health assessment. This will be an in-depth investigation into a known issue and follow up suggestions on how we can support the individual through their period of physical or mental ill health.

It’s unfortunate that within the education sector stress, anxiety and depression are common. We offer specialist counselling for a range of issues also using a range of different media.

Sometimes not knowing who you can talk to is one of the biggest problems. Our 24-hour helpline is completely confidential and can be accessed by all members of staff covered by our support. Moreover if the issue requires follow up support the individual will be referred on from the helpline to a relevant service.

On occasion absences can result in HR issues. In extreme cases this can mean warnings, performance reviews, termination of contracts and employment tribunals. Alongside our HR and legal partner Browne Jacobson, your school will have access to HR support for such matters.

Returning to work after a long length of absence can be challenging. We offer return to work planning which helps absentees get back to work as soon as is reasonably possible, and put any measures in place to support them and prevent any occupational health issues from reoccurring.

Many believe that when an individual is absent (particularly with a stress related issue) they shouldn’t be contacted. The reverse is true, it’s important that the individual feels supported and valued. We’ll keep in regular contact with an absentee and offer them support and treatment to help aid their recovery.