A woman speaking to another woman over a cup of coffeeWe can conduct a Mental Health Assessment, in order to assess the employee’s ability to perform their work role and suggest reasonable adjustments which can help.

This assessment is also accompanied by a screening of other health needs, e.g. physical needs.

This in-depth assessment allows implementation of Reasonable Adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 (this replaced the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).

Now that the Med3 ‘sick note’ is a ‘fit note‘ (since April 2010) this type of assessment can assist in the process to get the individual back to work after a period of illness.

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How a Mental Health Assessment Works

We spend 2 – 3 hours with the employee discussing the health situation and work task performance in a meeting room location, at the workplace or at the worker’s home. We can conduct the assessment face to face or via video call.

The assessment will focus on answering the referrer’s questions, for example:

  1. Can the individual perform a specific job or not?
  2. Which job tasks can they do?
  3. What reasonable adjustments / accommodations would be suitable?
  4. Can you recommend further rehabilitation, recommendations or equipment requirements?

How can others help the individual in their task performance?

Standardised health questionnaires and the assessors clinical and observational skills gather the information.
The assessor reviews the individual’s current health situation and considers the employee’s personal view of their health and abilities.
Following the assessment, a detailed report with the outcome and recommendations for future action will be sent via email. This valuable document provides comprehensive answers to any questions raised by the referrer and discusses the current ability of the worker to perform a work role. Conclusions are drawn as to the fitness for return to work or how to maintain someone in a current role.

What are the benefits of a mental health assessment? 

  • This is an opportunity to conduct a detailed discussion with the individual regarding their health situation, gathering up-to-date information. It can identify if the individual is accessing relevant NHS/Private services suitable to them.
  • Speeds up the return-to-work process and helps to reduce the length of time the worker is absent from an existing job.
  • Helps to identify any other barriers to employment, such as medical issues, physical, cognitive, social, financial, psychological and emotional factors that may need to be addressed.
  • Saves the employer money on work days lost and minimises the sickness absence management costs.
  • Early resolution and addressing of issues reduces the negative impact of longer-term absenteeism and pressure on other employees.
  • Gives clear guidance on how to manage employees
  • Sends a positive message about the employer’s active management of sickness absence.

 

Who is suitable for a mental health assessment? 

Suitable for a worker who is on sick leave or at work but having difficulties performing job tasks. The assessment will help the employer decide:

  1. What to do to help the employee return to full productivity.
  2. How to make suitable adaptations to the work tasks.
  3. Which job tasks or roles they can perform.
  4. How to fulfil their responsibilities to accommodate employees under the Equality Act 2010.

Also suitable for an individual who is looking to begin employment, where more information about their mental health status is required.

 

What is the cost of a mental health assessment?

Prices are provided on a case-by-case basis. For guidance, a video mental health assessment starts from £550.

 

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