Pre-employment or pre-placement health assessments are usually carried out on behalf of employing organisations. The perceived benefit of this is the determination of an individual's fitness for their job and to determine if any job modifications may be required.

The purpose of these health assessments in the NHS is described in THE MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE ISSUES FOR NHS STAFF, chapter 4.

In brief...

The purpose of pre-employment health assessment is to ensure that

  1. prospective staff are physically and psychologically capable of carrying out the work proposed, taking into account any current or previous illnesses.
  2. anyone likely to be at excess risk of developing work related diseases from hazardous agents present in the workplace is identified
The assessment also aims to ensure, as far as is possible, that the prospective
employee does not represent a risk to patients and that the work is suitable and safe for the prospective employee.

All NHS staff should have a pre employment health assessment carried out fairly, objectively and in accordance with equal opportunities legislation and good OH practice.

The basis of the assessment is a health questionnaire. The completed questionnaire
MUST be returned directly to the occupational health department to comply with ethical standards.

A face-to-face assessment by a nurse or a doctor may be necessary to evaluate the relevance of specified conditions.

All NHS staff should have a pre employment health assessment carried out fairly, objectively and in accordance with equal opportunities legislation and good OH practice.

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