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Occupational Health

Occupational Health Service

The occupational health (OH) service is provided by a third party, currently Optima Health, and managed by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing HS&W Department (part of the People Directorate). HS&W will monitor the service, liaise with regular users of the service, health and safety representatives and the OH provider to ensure a good and improving service.

OH considers the impact of work requirements upon an employee’s health by identifying areas where work may cause harm to employees’ health and providing advice to NHSBT on how best to minimise and control these hazards.  OH also recommends amendments to the ways of working and the working environment to aid employees to remain in the workplace with existing or developing health conditions.

Opitma Health provides a wide range of services to NHSBT including:

  • Attendance management
  • Complex Case Service
  • Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Health Assessment
  • Health Screening
  • Immunisations
  • Medical Advice Line
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pre-employment screening
  • Self Referral Service
  • Sharps Injuries and Blood Contact management (24/7/365)
  • The Wellbeing Zone

Please note if you do book an Occupational Health appointment there is a cost to the organisation for all appointments that are not attended. If for any reason you or the person you have organised the appointment on behalf of cannot attend, email nhsbt@ohassist.com at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment to avoid this charge.


  • myOHportal.co.uk– online referral portal for managers to refer colleagues for an appointment. To access this you will need to request for an account to be set up by contacting HR Direct
  • Optima Health helpline – call 0845 601 8029 and OH experts will support you on all types of issues including health-related absences. Optima Health can also be contacted by email using nhsbt@ohassist.com
  • Sharpsline - call 0845 371 0572 if you have had a needle stick injury or contact with blood and require assistance. This service is available around the clock, every day.
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