Hospital takes holistic approach to occupational health

Staff at the Royal Free hospital in London can now access an occupational health service that includes specialist physiotherapy management.

The service, set up in response to Dame Carol Black’s 2008 review of the health of the working age population, is based at the hospital’s health and work centre. Employees can be triaged to physiotherapy, where they will be given a workplace and ergonomic assessment. Laran Chetty, senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist, said: ‘This is a new philosophy of client management, which encourages a work-focused format, rather than clients being referred straight to physiotherapy outpatients. A holistic approach is ensured, with input from clinical psychologists, specialist consultants and occupational health advisers.’ See Policy in Focus, ‘Welfare reform’, Frontline 15 July
Jo Humphreys

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