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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Management Referrals

Types of Referrals

You can refer a staff member for the following reasons:

  • Long Term Sickness Absence

A member of staff has been absent for a period of 4 weeks or more

  • Frequent Intermittent Absence

A member of staff has had 3 occasions of absence within a 3 month period or 10 days in a rolling year.

  • Management Referral

A Manager or a member of staff have concerns re health issues.

These will include:

    • Physiotherapy
    • Ill Health Retirement
    • Counselling
    • Disabled car parking permit request

For further information please refer to the HR policy for absence management by clicking here. Following receipt of the management referral an appointment letter will be issued to the staff member with copy sent via email to the Referring Manager and HR Business Partner. Alternatively a referral will be made to the relevant service i.e. Occupational Health Physiotherapist or University Counselling Service will be made.

Please note the Occupational Health Team are currently working remotely via email and Microsoft Teams.

Referrals will be processed as above however appointment letters will be issued via email to all. Managers who are aware that their staff member may not frequently check their emails must provide the staff member with a copy of the appointment details.

Appointments will take place as telephone consultations only until further notice, therefore all of the personal details must be completed on the referral form.

Contact Us

Occupational Health Service
Green Lane,