Why Professional Healthcare?
In today’s world staying in work can be crucial. If you become unwell it is all too easy to flounder amidst the complexities and delays inherent in the health service and there is a danger that, whilst you are waiting for your health to improve, you may lose your job. Whilst this could apply to anyone, the stakes can be much higher if you are a senior manager or healthcare professional.
Furthermore, if your problem is one which is perceived as stigmatic such as a mental illness or an alcohol or substance misuse problem, it can very difficult for you to seek help. Many people are loathe to approach their own GP and, indeed, some people, particularly doctors, do not have a GP. Even people who have a GP may not want them to know about their problem.
Quite often people develop multiple health problems, particularly when they are at the height of their careers, and co-ordinating and managing different specialisms and appointments can be both confusing and impossible to manage in a timely fashion.
Although many companies have occupational health departments, others do not and many people are fearful about approaching them because of a perception that this will impact on their career prospects. Even when they do get in touch it can be difficult for occupational health departments to collect and assimilate all the necessary medical information and they certainly cannot dictate the pace of referrals.
What Professional Healthcare Does
Our role is to break down the barriers to recovery and return to work by working together. We see general practice, psychiatry and occupational health as the key partners required to achieve this. Because we are independent you can trust us to share your information amongst ourselves without fear that it will be compromised. You can be sure that when we need to communicate outside the organisation this will only be done after careful discussion with yourself.
After a careful multidisciplinary assessment we will agree a care plan with you and will then actively work to put it into effect in a timely manner which offers you the best chance of an early and successful return to the work place. See How It Works for more detail.
Who are Professional Healthcare?
We are a collaboration between three well established disciplines. Based in South Buckinghamshire with, excellent transport links, we are happy to see people from a wide geographical area – indeed we understand that being outside your own area can be highly desirable for many professionals.
The general practice team is headed up by Dr Sarah Marshall, a local GP of many years’ standing in both the NHS and the private sector with a combination of personal skills and local contacts amongst consultants.
The psychiatric team is led by Dr Danny Allen and backed up by the resources of Phoenix Mental Health Services, which works in association with the inpatient and day hospital services of Cardinal Clinic.
The occupational health team leader is Dr Kathryn Campion, backed up by the Occupational Health and Wellbeing department run by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.