Consultant in Occupational Medicine and Clinical Director of the Health and Work Development Unit
Royal Free Hopsital London
Sian Williams is a consultant in occupational medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in North London. She is seconded for four sessions a week to the Royal College of Physicians where she is clinical director of the Health and Work Development Unit (HWDU). At the HWDU, her role is to contribute to improving the health of the UK workforce. For the remaining session/week, Sian works on one of the Royal Free's outside contracts, providing occupational health advice to a Medical Research Councils laboratory facility. Here she runs a clinic, investigates suspected cases of occupational disease, and provides policy input. Sian qualified in medicine from University College London in 1984 and gained the MRCP before training in occupational medicine at St Thomas's Hospital, the Health and Safety Executive and the Royal Free Hospital.
As a NICE Fellow, Sian will support the implementation of public health guidance relevant to the workplace. Using NICE guidance on the management of long-term sickness absence, she will work with the Royal Free to introduce innovative ways of influencing both patient and staff behavour. With pre-operative patients who work, she will pilot the provision of information on evidence based post-op recovery times. She will use this opportunity to educate the patient and their clinical team about the recommendations in the NICE guidance on long-term sickness absence. For staff, she will use the electonic staff record (ESR) to routinely identify staff off sick beyond an agreed length of time. The chosen time point can be used to trigger an automatic email to managers. She will design a simple message that includes recommendations from the NICE guidance on how to manage the case and how to make a referral to the trust's Health and Work Centre for occupatioanl health advice. If successful, the simple processes can be replicated in other NHS organizations locally, regionally and nationally.
This page was last updated: 04 April 2011