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Help requested posted on 12th September 2019:

School Crossing Patrol Medicals

The question has been asked a long time ago but I would appreciate an update. School Crossing Patrol medicals, when do you do them and how often, if ever, during employment? We are currently on a medical before commencing employment and an annual medical with Occupational Health on 65th birthday and each year after. Thank you

Denise Caley

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Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
Rae Callander

E: rae.callander@falkirk.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

Denise
We do not carry out medicals however, this is an interesting question and I would be grateful if you could let me know what responses you receive from other LA's.
I think there should be medicals carried out over a certain age as we have some much older SCP's.

Thanks
Rae


Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
deborah Hunter

E: deborah.hunter@staffordshire.gov.uk
T: 01785 854396

School Crossing Patrol Medicals

WE do a medical on appointment and then whenever we have concerns about a patrol. We stopped doing the over 70's on an annual basis due to age discrimination. We have a detailed onsite assessment for the Area Orgnanisers to use whenever they have concerns which then leads to a referral to OHU.


Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
Darren Dowd

E: darren.dowd@eastsussex.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

We do not carry out medicals. Applicants will sign a self-cert medical form on appointment, in line with our standard recruitment policy, and occupational health referrals can be raised as and when required, for example, following a lengthy absence or a number of absences, or on request from the patrol.


Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
Rob Camp

E: r.j.camp@dorsetcc.gov.uk
T: 01305 224548

School Crossing Patrol Medicals

I am not sure medicals are permitted as it is essentially age discrimination. We removed the annual medical for over 65 many years ago. It is now the responsibility of the employee as part of their appraisal to sign they are fit to undertake their duties, and the respective manager to countersign and refer any staff member to occupational health if they feel necessary.


Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
David Weller

E: david.weller@kent.gov.uk
T: 03000 419658

School Crossing Patrol Medicals

We complete the standard Kent County Council recruitment for Occupational Health but enhance this with a functional capability questionnaire (shared from Hampshire CC) and approved through the OH, HR, Health and Safety and unions both at recruitment stage and for each of the monitoring visits during the year. It is mostly self-declaration but allows for checking of eyesight and making recommendations to seek further medical advice or referral to OH. This is completed by all SCP's (irrespective of age) as completing checks from a certain age was deemed discriminatory against the Equality Act.


Response posted on 16th September 2019 by:
Richard Hall

E: richard.hall@northlincs.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

In North Lincolnshire our patrols complete the standard on-line pre employment medical. After that no other medicals are required unless a patrol informs us they have medical condition or we have concerns over their health that we feel needs to be referred to Occ Health. Other replies are quite right regarding medicals after a certain age being discriminatory - you should either carry them out for all patrols at specific intervals or not at all.


Response posted on 17th September 2019 by:
Rae Callander

E: rae.callander@falkirk.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

Denise apologies, I should have added in my response we, like many of the other LA's issue an on-line health assessment for the preferred candidate prior to appointment. If required, OH will speak with the candidate. Only after clearance would an offer of employment be made.
Due to age discrimination HR advised annual assessments are no longer required. If an employee has been off for a long period of absence our absence management system will flag that an OH referral is due or, depending on the reason of absence e.g. muscular/back pain, heart issues etc we would refer to OH before returning to work. Also, if we have concerns about an employee we can refer them to OH.


Response posted on 19th September 2019 by:
Denise Caley

E: denise.caley@darlington.gov.uk
T: 01325 406695

School Crossing Patrol Medicals

thank you everyone for your responses. I will forward your replies to Occupational Health and see where we go from here.


Response posted on 19th September 2019 by:
Max Moorcock

E: max.moorcock@hackney.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

We request a meical assesment by our external occupational health partners before appointment. The information is confidential between the candidate and OH unless relevent to their role. We are given a simple "Fit for work" certificate as long as there are none.
We then conduct a similar medical on an annual basis.
The medicals assess not only general health but eyesight and hearing. If an issue is flagged up in this annual medical the officer is put on paid medical suspension until rectified.
I personally agree with our procedure as in my 18 months as SCP manager it has highlighted several eyesight issues which have been quickly rectified, and a member of the team who had a serious condition that she is now recieving treatment for which may not have been identified without the annual medical.


Response posted on 20th September 2019 by:
Emily Tester

E: emily.tester@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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School Crossing Patrol Medicals

Our patrols have a pre employment medical. We don't carry out annual medicals unless I have concerns about a patrol's health or they have been on long term asbsence and then they are referred to Occupational Health


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