Dr John Hobson, owner of Hobson Health writes about the rigourous assessment involved to regain the Occupational Health industry accreditation, SEQOHS:

SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service) Certification.

Hobson Health began life in 2009 and has grown significantly in the ten years since. It became apparent very quickly that we needed to underpin everything we did with robust systems especially given our growth.

Given our background in manufacturing and having come from a global blue chip company, we recognised the importance of quality systems to ensure the continued success of the business.

SEQOHS was launched in Dec 2010 as a response to Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age people. Hobson Health commenced preparations for SEQOHS accreditation and achieved full accreditation in November 2013. This was a proud moment for all involved as we achieved it on first submission when at the time 70% of applications were being deferred with additional work to do if they wished to achieve the standard.

After 5 years of successful accreditation it was evident that deciding on SEQOHS as our quality management system of choice was the right one. SEQOHS is now recognised as the gold standard for Occupational Health and is a requirement for many clients engaging with Occupational Health services.

By 2019 our recertification loomed but it was not guaranteed that we would achieve it. The standards had been expanded and further strengthened to ensure delivery of high quality Occupational Health services. The amount of work required for revalidation exceeded our initial expectations but we took on the challenge as SEQOHS accreditation remains one of the keys to our success and retaining the quality management system was important to the entire team.

Neil Reader, our Quality Manager, has lead us through a demanding process and it is great credit to him and the hard work and diligence of the entire team that Hobson Health has once again achieved SEQOHS accreditation at our first submission. Well done everyone and we are delighted to have received formal recognition of the quality of our Occupational Health services.

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