A “management referral” is a referral of an individual to one of the following in order to ascertain more information with regard to the individual’s health in order to make an informed decision.
- Referral to an Occupational Health Physician (OHP)
- Referral to an Occupational Health Advisor (OHA)
- Application to the employee’s treating physician or specialist for a medical report.
Management referrals maybe used to assess fitness to work, to perform a certain job or to assist in ill health retirement.
Management referrals can be used to assist an employer in returning an employee back to work following an episode of sickness. The management referral report will provide appropriate advice on how to return a person safely back to work. The report will ensure that legal implications are considered such as; whether the individual’s medical condition is likely to be covered under the disability provision of the Equality Act 2010 and whether any reasonable adjusts are recommended.
Acorn have a robust management referral procedure. This includes the client completing a management referral form which is designed to give managers the opportunity to provide sufficient information with regard to the employee’s job role and to enable them to ask questions that they would like a response to. Consent from the employee is required prior to conducting a management referral and therefore appropriate consent forms are provided as part of the procedure.