Pre-employment health assessments are an important function of theoccupational health practitioner. Yet, there is a very limited awareness of therelevant research findings throughout the profession, said Dr Stuart Whitaker,director of nursing at BMI Health Services. In his presentation, ‘Pre-employment Assessment – a Current Perspective’, hetook dele- gates through what is known as ‘Whitaker’s seven Es model ofoccupational health’. The model comprises: evidence-based practice – Whitakerargues: “The only thing that separates the professional from the charlatanis the use of objective evidence that practitioners research forthemselves”; effective – “so that what we do has an impact”;efficient – bearing in mind that pre-employment health checks are estimated totake up 40 per cent of an OHN’s time; ethical – as it is one of the areas wherepeople must disclose this kind of personal information; economic – OHNs operatein an environment where resources, costs and value for money are importantconsiderations; enjoyable – when a nurse brings confidence and pleasure in whatthey do into practice; and excitement – to give energy to the practice. Whitaker, who completed a PhD thesis, A critical evaluation ofpre-employment health assessment in the NHS in 1997, said perhaps it is timefor OHNs to question whether pre-employment assessments are really worthwhile. Adopt the E-list for pre-work checksOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.