OHSxtra - Looking after the people looking after you

What is OHSxtra

Occupational Health and Safety Extra (OHSxtra) is an NHS service designed to help NHS employees who are experiencing on-going health and welfare problems to get support and treatment that will help a return to work or avoid taking sick leave. The service is currently being delivered for NHS staff in the following Board areas:

  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Highlands
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Shetland
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Western Isles

OHSxtra provides NHS staff with a dedicated professional who will manage your case by identifying what support you need, and helping you access additional services which could include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and mental health support if required. Your assigned professional will help you through the treatment process and support you when you are ready to go back to work if you have been off.

OHSxtra aims to reduce long-term sickness absence by improving the health, welfare and wellbeing of NHS staff. As a result, it will also improve the quality and continuity of patient care.

The service was piloted in 2006 in NHS Fife and NHS Lanarkshire; this showed that it helped staff stay in work and return to work, and the health of participants improved significantly.

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NHS patients

If you are a member of the public or a patient of the NHS and would like to know how the OHSxtra scheme will benefit you, click the link below: