UNDERSTANDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH's OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Getting You Working!
The Occupational Health requirements as laid down by the Department of Health
seem more than a little daunting at first, but in fact you have a number of ways
you can supply the information to us. Remember, we can offer
our candidates shifts across the UK in areas and at times
to suit them best, which after all is why you've
chosen to register with us!
Here's what's required and your Evidence options:
Non-Exposure Prone Procedures (Non-EPP)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- A signed self declaration on our Occupational Health Form
- A Serology report stating your immunity
- Proof of your BCG scar being sighted by a GP or Occupational Health Professional on headed paper from their practice, signed & stamped stating their professional pin number.
- Proof of a positive skin test result either: Heaf Test or Mantoux Test within set parametres
- A Serology Report stating 2 x doses of MMR vaccinations
- Individual lab reports for each separate disease stating either: 2 x Measles, 2 x Mumps, 2 x Rubella immunisations
- Individual lab reports stating a positive antibody can be accepted for Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Your report must show a titre level of greater than 100 iu/ml
- If after 2 courses and a period of more than 2-4 months after the 2nd course you still cannot raise your titre level above 100iu/ml then we can accept a signed and stamped letter from your haematology department stating that you are a "low responder". This can be submitted along with the 2 original serology reports
Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) - Additional Immunisations Required
Hep B Surface Antigen*
- Evidence of a Negative Surface Antigen Test (Expires after 3 years)
- A Serology Report stating a Negative result. Positive results can be submitted for our occupational health departments review
- Candidates must supply a serology report stating they test Negative for the HIV Antibody before they can work in an EPP role.
Immunisations marked with *
All Serology Reports must be issued in the UK and be stamped by the place of issue to prove they are genuine. The result should also state/be stamped IVS (Identified Validated Samples) for EPP clearance. This is to check the identity of the Locum at the time of the test and involves the locum showing their passport, or some other form of photographic ID. This will then be checked by the laboratory and noted on the report with either a stamp or printed confirmation.
What to do first
Firstly review what you do have and if your not sure if what you have meets the Department of Health criteria then send it through to one of our compliance experts and we will then be able to advise you as its suitability and your next steps.
What if I do not hold any reports to prove I'm immune?
Before we can offer you work we will require you to supply us with valid documentary evidence, but you have some options here to:
Go to your occupational health department and organise the missing immunisations you require.
If you're not part of an institution with an occupational health department, you can click here and find your nearest Department of Health Occupational Health Department. You can give them a call to organise your immunisations.
You can call any private Occupational Health provider to organise immunisation.
Here are a few:
- Moorfield Road
Tel: 0113 238 7523
- 55 Wimpole Street
Tel: 020 7307 7383
In the North:
- Acumen Medical
Tel: 0161 877 5300