Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Occupational Health Referral

A referral to the Occupational Health Adviser should be in writing and include details of:

  • the stated length of absence
  • the reason(s) for absence
  • any factors (work-related or otherwise) that cause or aggravate the absence(s)
  • any previous absences
  • any action taken by the manager to assist the employee
  • details of the job and workplace
  • notes of any meetings or conversations with the employee
  • whether the manager and/or employee thinks that any adjustments to the workplace, duties or hours may assist the employee and facilitate a return to work and/or reduce absences.
  • NOTE: a copy of the completed Referral Form should be given to the member of staff. Members of staff have access to their Occupational Health record.