Acorn Occupational Health Ltd is a leading provider of Occupational Health services in the UK. Acorn’s experience lies in providing tailored Occupational Health solutions for our customers including Health Surveillance, Ergonomic Assessments, and Sickness Absence/Management Referrals.

SEQOHS accredited since 2012 Acorn provides Safe, Effective, Quality, Occupational Health Services. The services can be delivered onsite, in the mobile health surveillance unit, or from Acorn’s clinic, which is based in Congleton. Our dedicated team of experienced Occupational Health Nurses, Technicians, and Physicians deliver flexible and proactive services. We assist businesses to effectively manage issues in relation to the health and well-being of their employees, in conjunction with supporting the business’s legal responsibilities.

What is Occupational Health?


Good health is good business. Occupational Health is not only how work affects a person’s health, but also how someone’s health can affect their work, physically or mentally.

Investing in the health and well-being of employees is crucial to maintain a competitive advantage. In the care industry, high levels of absenteeism and the costs associated with retention rates in relation to staff turnover can add to other staff becoming stressed due to a heavy workload resulting in agency bills spiralling. The effect of well-being initiatives has shown that interventions do work. Plus, providing an Occupational Health service has a positive impact on a company as a whole and its workplace culture.

Our services that may be relevant to you


  • Post Job Offer Questionnaires
  • Fit for Task – Night Worker, Drivers Medicals
  • Sickness Absence/Management Referrals
  • Well Person Medicals
  • Vaccinations
  • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Work Station Assessments
  • Site needs assessments
  • Health & Safety Consultancy
  • Resilience Training
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Based in the North West of England, Acorn has identified the importance of handpicking a dedicated team of experienced Occupational Health personnel nationwide to assist businesses every step of the way. From the first steps of identifying any problems at work and managing direct issues affecting staff to complying with legal responsibilities.

The real cost of ill health for your business


Whatever the reason ill health, it comes at a cost not only to organisations through absenteeism and downtime but more worryingly through lost productivity as it has been found that employees continue to work whilst unwell (presenteeism).  As businesses cannot function without their biggest asset, their people, there is a clear case for senior managers to adopt well-being initiatives as part of the overarching business strategy.  The initiatives do not have to be costly and with the right support from line managers, occupational health professionals, and colleagues work can be a happy, positive place to be.

According to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) survey published in April 2019, the average level of employee absence is 5.9 days per year. Stress-related absence has increased over the last year in nearly two-fifths of organisations and the most common methods companies are using to address this include improved work-life balance and employee assistance programmes.

Nearly three-fifths of organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, among employees in the last 12 months. Sickness absence management has a significant impact on the damaging effects on the profitability and success of a business.

Once an employee has been off sick for more than six weeks, the problem is often compounded and the chances of returning to work at all are significantly reduced.

Early intervention and proactive management are vital to get employees back to good health and safely back to work.

Acorn’s sickness absence services include:


  • Reviewing and writing of a sickness absence policy

  • Management referrals

  • Early intervention – limiting the possibility of any absence becoming long-term

  • Telephone consultations

  • Medical assessments

  • Clear management reports

  • Rehabilitation programmes to support a return to work

  • Ongoing Occupational Health advice and support

Returning to work is an incredibly important part of the recovery process for any individual that may be experiencing health problems. Having support from professionals in Occupational Health is a sound and reassuring way to confidently get back into a routine at work.

As well as referral appointments, Acorn Occupational Health Ltd offers a variety of Occupational Health Services. Please visit our website for more information. Please contact a member of the Acorn team to discuss how we can assist your employee’s return to work on 01260 277797 or email at

Learning Points:

  • According to the latest Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) survey published in April 2019, the average level of employee absence is 5.9 days per year.

  • Sickness absence management has a significant impact on the damaging effects on the profitability and success of a business, particularly in healthcare.

  • Occupational Health services are essential to help individuals experiencing health problems when returning to work

  • Mental health and work-related stress are on the increase and this is unlikely to reduce any time soon as workloads increase due to the financial pressures businesses are facing

  • Companies striving to become an employer of choice through the introduction of well-being initiatives show to the outside world that the organisation cares about its people and has values that may give them a competitive advantage.  Employee engagement and staff retention have also been shown to have improved where organisations have well-being initiatives

Want to know more about the Occupational Health services we provide at Acorn, and how they could benefit your business and your employees? Please get in touch.