Referrals

Occupational cancer

This section provides information on where you might find further help in managing someone who has a work-related illness.

Managing individuals in-house

Getting outside help

Specific cancer organisations

Professional health associations

Managing individuals in-house

You may have access to an occupational health service that workers could be referred to for help and advice with their symptoms. Occupational health provision is valuable for advising on the management of ill health at work. For more information, refer to the HSE.

For advice on managing an individual’s condition, see this table.
 
Getting outside help

Getting specialist help with health and safety is a free leaflet from the HSE.

The Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety and Health (POOSH) provides a guide on Choosing a competent health and/or safety professional.

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 the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives which offers a free advisory service aimed at SMEs.
In the factsheet Occupational health and organisational effectiveness, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) explains what an occupational health provider should deliver.
 
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) has performance standards for occupational health services and has produced Guidance for employers on engaging an occupational physician. The Society of Occupational Medicine has a list of occupational physicians.

The Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association can help businesses to find an occupational health provider and the POOSH website 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), which is part of the HSE and 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 and information on tax rules when purchasing occupational health support is also available from the HSE website.

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 individual’s health, care, educational and employment needs’. 

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.
 
For more information about occupational health advisers, visit the websites of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing.

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

The General Medical Council (GMC) has a database of all medical doctors, where you can check a doctor’s registration.
 
The British Psychological Society provides a Directory of Chartered Psychologists who provide services to the public. This database is searchable by location and area of specialism.

Specific cancer organisations

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charitable organisation with over 1,400 health professionals, providing support to cancer sufferers and their families.

Cancer Research UK is the largest volunteer-supported cancer research organisation in the world.
 
Cancer Care provides counselling services for patients and their families across England and Wales.

The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world's leading cancer research organisations.  It provides information on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Tenovus is a charitable organisation involved in cancer research, prevention, care and counselling.

The Association for International Cancer Research is an independent Scottish-based charity funding research into the causes and prevention of cancer.

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association is a professional organisation for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, people working in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professions.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity that provides services in nursing, hospices, research, and education.

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland provides a cancer information helpline, information and resource centre, public and professional education, rehabilitation programmes and support groups for patients and relatives.

Professional health associations

Association for International Cancer Research

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

British Oncology Pharmacy Association

British Psychological Society

British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine

Cancer Care

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Case Management Society UK

Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association

Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Institute of Occupational Medicine

Physio First

Society of Occupational Medicine

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