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What happens at an Occupational Health appointment?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by flickaz, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    I suffer from stress/depression and also self harm. This has been going on for around 10 years since I was in 6th form. After revealing this to my headteacher she's referred me to occ health and I have my first appointment next week. After reading through a few things on here I'm managed to scare myself stupid about what might happen. I don't want to have any time off sick, although I have bad days at work where I struggle to keep going I'm a lot better there than at home. Can occ health force me to go off sick or can they just make recommendations? Also, can they prescribe or refer me on to other specialists or would I have to see my own GP (who is a total waste of space)? I've thought about ending it all several times and had a couple of attempts which I couldn't go through with. I don't think I ever would just in case it didn't work and things end up worse than they are now. I'm terrified that they'll ask me about this and I'm going to say something "wrong" and they'll hospitalise me. Please someone reassure me that it's not as scary as it is in my head!
     
  2. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    OH's job is to help you stay in work. They may make suggestions to your head, which they can choose to put in place or not.
    They can provide short term access to counselling. Usually 6 sessions.
    Get a different one if you aren't happy.
    Unless you mention an active suicide plan, then I wouldn't worry.
    Go back to your GP and ask to be referred to the CMHT.
     
  3. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    I clicked on your profile and it names your school as well as having a photo. Please get this thread pulled.
     
  4. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    Thanks for the advice. Didn't realise about my profile. Have been and changed it so hopefully nothing can be seen.
     
  5. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    Just checked and it is now clear. Hope you are ok. Remember you can always ring/email teacher support network. They are really good.
     
  6. OH are there as a support not a punishment
    They only make recommendations- you're Head then either accepts or rejects these.
    I have been to OH and they were very supportive however I, personally, would not mention suicide at all (be it attempts or thoughts) and if you choose to discuss your self-harm make sure you emphasise you have only ever hurt yourself! I merely say this because we work with chn and so they have to be so careful. I never told OH I saw psychiatry for my depression and my suicidal tendencies! My GP also left this out of her letter because I asked her too and she agreed with me that in light of my job this might be a good idea and she was happy that at that pt I was past the pt of danger so why rock the boat!

     
  7. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    I have a hearing impairment and have made another OH referral because over the last 3 years I have suffered a deterioration -l ast time I went down the A2W route. My school is about to become an Academy and I have to re-apply for my job - knowing that I will not be able to manage as I did previously ( Head of Curriculum Support ) I am currently on the second year of a two secondmen. There is no facility on the form to record this -( which I think is very poor ) but I have taken advice from my professional body . I shall need to have a conversation wioth my Head about what exactly I can do in my role.
     
  8. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    They are there to help you get back to work, but remember they are working for your employer.
    Bearing this in mind will help you to tailor your replies to their questions.
    If there are adaptations that need making - reduced timetable or phased return, they will make recommendations, but for support, use your own GP.
    Also, be careful to tick the box that says you want to see any reports your GP sends to them - you have the right to see and amend anything you don't agree with. Take care they don't try to get you to allow them free access to your medical records. they don[t need that.
     
  9. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Presume you have a union case worker involved by now too?
     
  10. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Thanks for that - by case worker do you mean rep ? Yes - I met with him a few weeks ago . My Head ( also now Principal Designate of thre new Academy ) has always been very supportive of me .A4W provided a pager then but now this would hardly be appropriate . As well as the management post I also ( quite unusually for a SENCO type position ) taught a half timetable of languages French / Spanish - I was finding this and the other on 'senior duties 'difficult because unless I am in a position to lip read / eliminate backgrond noise then I am in real trouble ! I am about to undertake a post grad so I can get AMBDA status and I currenlty work as an Associate Tutor for a local university on both the National SENCO Award and an A4L MA module ( ...... my secondment is for Assessment ) so basically doing all I can to find a route which will enable me to carry on working but in circumstamces which are more comfortable for me . I am 53 but not ready to finish working in / for education just yet . I have been deaf for 18 years or so - been pretty much a way of life but am not prepared to stress at my age / experience over things which are out of my control ! I am obviously applying for my old post ( word for word the job spec is the one I applied for and got 8 years ago ) but there are other options for me ( fellowship posts ) and would be happy to support as Assistant SENCO if it was more beneficial to the school.
     
  11. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Your union will have trained case workers who have experience in dealing with this sort of thing.
    Best of luck for the application / new role btw
     
  12. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    Just wanted to say thankyou to Torey and Loverly for your help and advice. Had my appointment today and it was nothing like I imagined it would be. The doctor was lovely and very helpful. He's agreed I am better off at work and is referring me for extra support.
     
  13. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    That's good news [​IMG]
     
  14. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    Glad that the doctor was helpful x
     

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