We 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. The mental health assessment is also accompanied by a screening of other (eg physical) health needs.
How a Mental Health Assessment Works
- 2 – 4 hours are required for the assessment, depending on the detail involved. The assessment is conducted in a clinic/meeting room location, at the workplace or sometimes in the worker’s home. The assessor will advise on the most suitable location, depending on the tasks to be conducted and the information about the employee to be collected.
- The assessment focuses on answering the referrer’s questions, and supplying them with the following information, for example:
- Can the individual perform a specific job or not?
- Which job tasks can they do?
- What resonable adjustments / accomodations would be suitable?
- Can you recommend further rehabilitation / solutions / equipment requirements?
- How can others help the individual in their task performance?
- The assessor’s clinical and observation skills alongside relevant standardised questionnaires are used to review the worker’s current health situation, effort and consistency, alongside the worker’s reported view of their abilities.
- Following the assessment, a detailed report with the outcome and recommendations for future action will be prepared within 48 hours (where possible) and 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 for a plan of how to maintain someone in current role.
- This is an opportunity to conduct a detailed discussion with the individual regarding their health situation, it provides an up-to-date information and 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 issues that may arise and 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.
- Suitable for a worker who is currently on sick leave or is still working but having difficulties performing job tasks. The assessment will help the employer decide:
- What to do to help the employee return to full productivity.
- How to make suitable adaptations to the work tasks.
- How to look at alternative job roles they can perform.
- How to fulfill their responsibilities to accommodate employees under the Equality Act 2010.
- Suitable for an individual who is looking to begin employment, where more information about their mental health status is required.
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