Occupational health and wellbeing

Occupational health and wellbeing is the promotion and maintenance of health and wellbeing at work and prevention of ill health. Employers use occupational health and wellbeing practitioners to undertake:

  • Advice on sickness absence or early retirements
  • Workplace risk assessment
  • Pre-employment screening
  • Health surveillance
  • Drug and alcohol screening
  • Immunisation screening and vaccinations where relevant
  • Counselling
  • Stress management
  • Trauma support
  • Mental health first aid training
  • Access to a sleep specialist
  • Dietician support
  • Lifestyle advice – healthier you
  • Physiotherapy / MSK advice

The Exeter occupational health and wellbeing service, which is part of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, provides a comprehensive range of occupational health and wellbeing services to the Royal Devon and to other regional NHS trusts. Services are available to their employees and are usually accessed by the employee’s line manager. It is a SEQOHS accredited service.

More information is available on the Occupational Health Privacy Notice.

More on what we do

The Exeter occupational health and wellbeing service is also proud to be a member of the Department of Health NHS Plus scheme, which supports NHS occupational health departments providing services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on a chargeable basis.

SMEs usually employ less than 500 staff and are unlikely to run their own occupational health department but, in the interest of employees’ health, may want access to an occupational health service.

Businesses can find that they are not compliant with Health and Safety legislation, breaking the law or facing liability claims if they neglect staff health, safety and welfare. Responsible employers want their staff to be well because staff who are off sick or leave prematurely through ill health will normally be costly to the business and reduce productivity.

Last updated: August 03, 2023.