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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by vomitingvera, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. vomitingvera

    vomitingvera New commenter

    I’m currently at school but had a period of time off last term (mental health). Can I request a referral to OH due to massively struggling?
  2. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

  3. starlightexpress

    starlightexpress Occasional commenter

    You can first speak to your line manager. Honest communication is key. Share with them how you’re finding things. They might be able to support even ahead of an OH referral. When you speak with them, they might even suggest a referral.

    What does your GP say? GP is first port of call. Are school aware of ongoing MH in addition to knowing it was the reason for previous absence?

    What are you seeking from an OH referral? Suggestions for adjustments? Will adjustments make enough difference if you’re massively struggling? If you’re massively struggling, should you be in work at all?
  4. vomitingvera

    vomitingvera New commenter

    Thanks for your reply. School are aware how I’m felling and I know that my GP would sign me off. I’m hoping that OH would recommend some actions...
  5. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    Don't be afraid of OH they are there to provide independent medical advice for the school in order to support you.

    A good school will make sure it implements the advice.

    Best wishes.
  6. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Make the request by email and save the email and the response. This is very important if you end up leaving the job and need to show evidence that you asked for help.
    phlogiston and lardylady like this.
  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    If you know that your GP would judge you not well enough to work, than why are you working? That is highly irresponsible
    starlightexpress and lardylady like this.
  8. vomitingvera

    vomitingvera New commenter

    I’m not afraid of OH - I have requested to be referred but have been refused.
  9. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    On what basis was it refused?
  10. vomitingvera

    vomitingvera New commenter

    It was refused because I’m currently at work.
  11. starlightexpress

    starlightexpress Occasional commenter

    That makes sense. I’ve only known OH when in work if underlying health condition/ undergoing tests etc (so in the specialist system) where things might change or work could contribute to exacerbation in some way. For example if blood pressure might impact a condition.
  12. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    That's ridiculous. I counsel for an EAP who handles referrals from the local council including teachers and loads of my clients are in work.
  13. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    You would have thought the employer would be keen to support you so you don’t end up being ill.
    If I were you I would make the request in writing, or just email something about it being declined.
    You never know when you might need to be able to say you did make your employer aware of your health...
    mothorchid and ilovesooty like this.

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