Skin disorders - referrals

This section tells you how to manage people with skin disorders ‘in-house’ and when and how to refer them on.

Getting outside help

Health and safety advice for small businesses is available on the HSE’s website.

NHS Health at Work is a network of NHS occupational health departments across England, supplying quality services to employers. NHS Plus offers support to industry, commerce and the public sector, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A similar arrangement is available in Scotland through 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 businesses to find an occupational health provider and 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.

If you need a local occupational health provider, contact the Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS). 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’.

In its factsheet Occupational health and organisational effectiveness, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development explains what an occupational health provider should 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 individual’s health, care, educational and employment needs”. Visit the CMSUK website for more information.

Peninsula Medical School provides an evidence base for early intervention in sickness absence and discusses factors influencing referrals to return to work interventions in the literature review, Avoiding long-term incapacity for work: Developing an early intervention in primary care.

The main professional bodies

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 Organization explains what an occupational health nurse does

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

Professional health associations


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