Inhalation disorders - referrals

This section tells you how to manage people with inhalation problems in-house, and when and how to refer them on.

Managing people ‘in-house’

Download our inhalation case study for advice on managing an employee who’s suffering from an inhalation disorder.

Getting outside help

The British Thoracic Society is an organisation for practising physicians, nurses, scientists and other professionals with an interest in respiratory disease. Consultation with a respiratory or chest physician is through referral, usually from a GP or occupational health physician.

Asthma UK is dedicated to helping people in the UK with asthma. It offers independent advice and help to those suffering from asthma, and works with asthmatics, researchers and health professionals to help reduce the impact of asthma on the lives of sufferers.

Scotland offer a network of NHS occupational health departments, and through the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives who offer a free advisory service aimed at SMEs.

The Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association can help you find an occupational health provider.

If you need a local occupational health provider, contact the Employment Medical Advisory Service. This service, part of the HSE, offers information on the availability of local occupational health services. You can find your local EMAS office in the phonebook, under ‘Health and Safety Executive’ or contact your local HSE office directly.

Health and safety advice for small businesses

The website of the Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety and Health lists different professionals, what they do and how to get the most from them.

In its factsheet Occupational health and organisational effectiveness, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development explains what an occupational health provider can deliver.

The Case Management Society UK defines case management as ‘A collaborative process which assesses, plans, implements, co-ordinates, monitors and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individuals health, care, educational and employment needs’. For more information, click here.

Specific professionals

The British Occupational Hygiene Society aims to reduce work-related ill health by promoting the science of occupational hygiene. It promotes public and professional awareness, and provides education and training in occupational health and hygiene, as well as information on occupational hygiene professionals.

The Society of Occupational Medicine has a list of occupational physicians.

The World Health Organisation explains what an occupational health nurse does.

You can get information on professional nursing organisations from the The Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing.

Professional health associations

British Occupational Hygiene Society

British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Case Management Society UK

Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association

Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Institute of Occupational Medicine

The Society of Occupational Medicine

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