Pursuing Excellence in Occupational Health

Our Journey with SEQOHS Quality Assurance

Quality assurance in healthcare is an ongoing process vital for ensuring patient safety and enhancing the quality of services. In the field of occupational health (OH), a commitment to excellence is paramount due to the distinct health risks associated with different workplaces and the essential duty to protect the workforce.

To meet the highest standards in occupational health provision, I have embarked on a significant initiative, aligning my clinic with the rigorous standards set forth by the Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) accreditation scheme

Below I will explore the importance and intricacies of best practice in the context of OH services, highlighting the integral role of SEQOHS in quality assurance, and share my experiences navigating the accreditation process.

Understanding Best Practices in Occupational Health Services

At the core of my mission for The SKC Occupational Health Consultancy, lies an unwavering dedication to best practice in occupational health. But what does ‘best practice’ entail? Best practice in OH refers to the highest possible standard of care and service delivery, benchmarked against evidence-based guidelines and industry-specific recommendations. This encompasses the entire spectrum of patient care, from initial consultation to treatment plans, and beyond, ensuring that services are delivered with the utmost precision, professionalism, and personalisation.

In an Occupational Health (OH) clinic, adopting best practices is crucial. This includes creating a safe and supportive environment for both patients and practitioners, refining diagnostic processes, continuously seeking professional growth, and keeping up-to-date with changing legal standards—all while maintaining the utmost in ethical and moral integrity.

Achieving best practices is, therefore, a multifaceted endeavour that demands constant attention to detail, a willingness to adapt, and a culture of continuous improvement.

The Role of SEQOHS in Quality Assurance

SEQOHS is a pioneering accreditation scheme, designed specifically for Occupational Health services. It operates in the UK and has a reputation for setting and evaluating standards of quality and safety in the OH sector. The acronym belies the comprehensive nature of its approach, which encompasses aspects of safety, efficacy, and evidence-based quality.

SEQOHS accreditation involves a thorough assessment process, carried out by a team of experienced occupational health professionals. Clinics seeking accreditation must demonstrate compliance with a range of criteria that underpin best practices in OH. The criteria cover governance, staff training and development, clinical assessment, patient care, and providing a robust framework for excellence.

SEQOHS’ commitment to continuous improvement resonates deeply with our clinic’s ethos. By aligning with this scheme, we validate our commitment to quality and set the stage for sustainable growth and success in a rapidly evolving health landscape.

My Journey with SEQOHS Accreditation

My clinic’s choice to seek SEQOHS accreditation stems from a commitment to raising standards and showcasing my dedication following on from  SKC OH  UKAS accreditation to further industry excellence. The accreditation process as an independent practitioner is a milestone undertaking, requiring meticulous preparation and a collective effort from everyone involved. Key phases of my journey include self-assessment against SEQOHS standards, identifying and addressing areas for improvement, and finally, submitting the application.

The process is not without its challenges. Integrating current practices with the rigorous SEQOHS standards requires operational modifications, significant time dedicated to staff development, and a critical review of specific clinic policies. However, these challenges are welcomed as opportunities to enhance the service and sharpen my focus on areas that truly impact patient welfare.

Impact of Best Practice and SEQOHS Accreditation

The impact of taking the steps towards SEQOHS accreditation has been profound. It has validated the effectiveness of my quality assurance processes and has had a discernible influence on the organisation’s culture. My morale and engagement has soared, rejuvenating my dedication to providing outstanding service to my clients.

The accreditation has also bolstered trust among my client community, who now have the assurance that their workplace health concerns are managed by a clinic held to the highest professional standards. This credibility has translated into increased patient satisfaction and a growing reputation as a clinic of choice for occupational health support.


In conclusion, striving for SEQOHS accreditation is more than just achieving professional milestones; it’s a testament to my steadfast dedication to the field of occupational health.

I encourage other Occupational Health (OH) clinics to recognize the importance of quality assurance within their operations and to investigate avenues such as SEQOHS that pave the way to excellence. This goal can be accomplished as an independent OH specialist nurse, provided they have access to a robust support network. I have a dedicated OH Quality Assurance Consultant to guide me along this path of accreditation.

In this age of healthcare transformation, clinics that prioritise quality assurance stand to reap substantial benefits, including improved patient outcomes, enhanced professional profiles, and a sustainable advantage in a competitive market. My advice is to start this transformative process —because the wellbeing of the workforce we serve depends on the quality of care we provide.

In today’s era of healthcare evolution, clinics focusing on quality assurance will see significant gains, such as better patient outcomes, improved professional reputations, and a lasting edge in a competitive landscape. My recommendation is to initiate this transformational journey—because the health of the workforce we cater to hinges on the calibre of care we deliver.

If you have questions about my experience with quality assurance or would like to share your own clinic’s voyage to excellence, I welcome your insights and feedback. Together, through the collective pursuit of best practices, we can build a safer, healthier world for all.

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I’m Su

I am the Founder and Clinical Director of SKC Occupational Health. Any opportunity to discuss workplace health I grasp it as I am passionate about occupational health and the value it has in business.

Beyond the variety that occupational health and wellbeing offers me in my work, just being able to keep people well is a reward. 

Workplace health is one that is so critical, especially because most people spend most of their life at work. Good work is beneficial to health. 

I can help people with that …

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