SSAFA Occupational Health Service

SSAFA's Specialist Occupational Health Nurse

SSAFA Occupational Health Service
How do I access Occupational Health Support?
Getting the most from your Occupational Health Service


SSAFA Occupational Health Service

SSAFA Community Health and Cordell Health are delighted to be working in partnership with BFC/SBAA to provide the locally employed workforce with an Occupational Health service.  This includes all locally employed civilians as well as UK family members who are working locally for British Forces Cyprus (BFC) and Sovereign Base Areas (SBAA).

A dedicated Specialist Occupational Health Nurse is now providing a service that includes Sickness Absence Management, Health Surveillance, Pre Employed Health Assessment, Workplace Assessment and Fitness for Work Assessments.  Although there is a strong focus on injury prevention and employee education, the service also provides support to managers with regards to risk management, optimising performance, creating healthy working environments and meeting legislative requirements. 

If you would like more information on the purpose of Occupational Health services generally, please take a look at the link below.  Please note that this is a UK site, and therefore some information on the ACAS site will not be applicable locally. 


How do I access Occupational Health support?

Employees: Discuss matters with your line manager. A healthy dialogue between employees and their managers may often resolve concerns without the need for a referral to Occupational Health.

Managers: Use the Occupational Health Referral Form 1 and Prepare a Template Letter 2 for the employee in order to get their Consent for Referral. Attach a copy of the Job Description and submit to Civilian HR Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team. 


Getting the most from your Occupational Health Service

Occupational Health can provide you with the necessary guidance, advice and support to maintain the health and wellbeing of employees throughout their employment and to monitor the effects of work on health. We want you to get the most from our service, so here are some hints and tips to help you:

Make use of the OH Service - a conversation at an early stage can help alleviate a situation.  We can support you to manage and to get the most from your request for OH assessment and advice. 

Request support at an early stage, particularly for emotional health and musculoskeletal problems.  You don't need to wait for a sickness absence to occur. 

Make sure that you give us the information and any questions you need us to consider in our assessment - if we don't know about it, we can't consider or answer it.  You can phone us in advance of the appointment to discuss any subtle points you want us to be aware of.  The HR team will link you with the OH Nurse to enable this conversation. 

Complete the OH Referral form fully - incomplete forms may be returned. Submit completed Referral Form, Template of the Referral Letter and employee’s Job Description to the Civ HR Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team. 

Our advice is just that - advice.  It is for you to decide how to manage your employees taking our advice into consideration.

If our advice is not clear to you, please contact us and we will clarify.

The Occupational Health Service is available to Managers of all eligible LEC’s within the SBAs.