The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Self Referral

Please read before submitting a self-referral form

 All members of staff have access to advice and if necessary a consultation with an Occupational Health clinician to discuss or assess any concerns they have regarding their work and their health. All consultations are dealt with within the normal legal and ethical constraints of medical confidentiality and managers will not be informed of attendance following a self-referral unless it is with the fully informed consent of the employee. Occupational Health is not a treatment service and cannot access referral pathways, this remains the remit of your G.P. Occupational Health is an advisory service.


Telephone assistance is available to give qualified advice and guidance on any issue regarding Occupational Health when requested by employees.

A specialist Occupational Health Nurse is on duty Monday to Friday, please telephone 0113 2065228 to request advice. Accessing support this way may negate the need to make a self-referral.


Self-referral appointments are for a 30 minute consultation either with one of the Specialist Nurses or a Dr with a specialist qualification in Occupational Medicine or training for this qualification.

An Occupational Health clinician triages referrals each day to determine which clinician is the best match to address your health problem.


It can be helpful to bring with you to the appointment recent G.P, Specialist reports.


With a self-referral the OH clinician will not routinely write, provide a report to the Organisation, Manager or Human Resources.


Self-referral to the Occupational Health Service has limitations on how much assistance can be given for workplace matters unless management are involved.  Most Occupational Health issues can only be addressed if management is aware of the circumstances. This would include advice in relation to modified, adjusted duties, alternative role, temporary or permanent, returning to work. If your request is in relation to modifications in the workplace or your Manager has asked you to self-refer as they need advice then a Management referral is recommended.


Skin/Respiratory/Latex assessments are also via a management referral form


Self-referrals to Occupational Health are not required to access:


Employee Assistance Programme EAP (which includes staff counselling)

Return to Work Counselling for those who have been absent 6 months or longer and now planning to return to work or on a phased return

Critical Incident counselling

These services have their own self-referral processes which can be located via the Staff tab at the top of the front page of LTHT intranet and within the Health and Wellbeing Section. Waiting for an Occupational Health appointment to access these services will only add an unnecessary delay. All these services are free and individuals do not need to be absent to access them or to be seen first by Occupational Health.


Further health support can be accessed via:

  • LTHT Health and Wellbeing site including DWP mental health support via Able Futures and Remploy,  wellbeing advice via One You Leeds , Therapy clinics, Schwartz rounds (monthly facilitated group sessions based upon an empathetic sharing of staff experiences open to all professions) etc.
  • Organisational Learning via the training calendar A-Z or via ESR include learning bursts on topics such as living with  a long term health condition, stress awareness, mindfulness, workplace health and sleep well delivered by IAPT and many more.
  • Also consider support via services such as Mindwell, mental health website for people in Leeds:

Unions and also Professional bodies


If you need to seek help, treatment for your mental health in a non-emergency you should speak to your GP in the first instance.


Urgent Mental Health help

What should I do if there is an immediate risk?

  • If you have concerns for your mental state and you feel there is an immediate and serious danger A&E attendance is advised:
  • or you can also call 111 when you need medical advice fast but it’s not a 999 emergency


NHS Practitioner Health Programme for Drs and Dentists 24/7 crisis support line by texting PHP to 85258


If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

If you’re already receiving Specialist Mental Health Services from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, then you should already have a contact for your Care Co-ordinator or another relevant health professional in the team looking after you. This might be written in your care plan. If you cannot find this or you need urgent help accessing  services, you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 300 1485.