NHS England South, South West
Tel: 01138 248967
13 February 2017
Provider selected for new occupational health service for GPs and NHS Dentists
I am writing to update you on progress made to establish a new occupational health service, for GPs and NHS dentists on the National Performers List.
This follows plans announced by NHS England in September 2015 to introduce a new national service specification for an occupational health service, to ensure all GPs and NHS dentists across England have access to a consistent and equitable service.
Following a procurement process, NHS England (South) has appointed Heales Medical Group to provide the new occupational health service to GPs and NHS dentists across the region. Heales Medical Group is an established provider of occupational health services to both private and public sector organisations.
The new service will be available from 1 April 2017 and will include the following services:
- Occupational health assessments for doctors and dentists on the National Performers List (NPL) and virology, vaccinations and immunisations for doctors (GPs), dentists and optometrists on the National Performers List
- Advice on exposure to Blood Borne Viruses for all primary care staff (including trainees) including specialist management of those that have Blood Borne Viruses.
- Where doctors and dentists applying to join the National Performers List need additional occupational health clearance due to a specific health need/s, NHS England will fund an enhanced occupational health assessment and fund support for work related health issues once individuals are on the list.
A copy of the national service specification for the new service is available on the ‘Primary Care Resources’ section of the NHS England website if you wish to find out more information about the new service:
Primary care providers, as employers, will continue to have a responsibility to ensure any of their staff who are not covered by this service, are well supported.
We have sent the attached letter to all local GP practices and dental practices, as well as to the Local Medical Committee and Local Dental Committee, explaining that the new service will be available from 1 April 2017 and that more information about how to access this will be made available in due course.
Any existing local arrangements for the provision of occupational health services to GPs and dentists will remain in place until the new service starts on 1 April.
We would be grateful if you could also help share this information with your local GPs through your internal CCG communications channels.
Head of Primary Care | NHS England South, South West