Occupational Health and Training Services (OHTS) is on the crest of a wave after its win at the 2022 Make Your Mark awards.
OHTS picked up the Service Business of the Year award during the glitzy ceremony at Redworth Hall Hotel in May.
The firm relocated from its Aycliffe Business Park premises to larger space at The Work Place in 2021, due to needing extra space for its growing team numbers and client base.
Since then, the OHTS team has continued to thrive, with new management roles, additional technicians and imminent plans to employ more medical staff.
To combine with the expansion of the company, OHTS have invested in a fullyequipped mobile screening unit which is a big hit on the business park and across the North-East.
It offers a flexible cost-effective service while minimising the business impact of having employees travel to the clinic.
Director Linda Jones, who’s also the specialist nurse practitioner, started her health career with a specialisation in trauma, orthopaedics, and emergency care, prior to becoming focused in occupational health over 20 years ago.
In her earlier days, Linda was a member of a medical ‘flying squad’ in the West Midlands and was a nursing officer for P&O cruises, which gave her more medical experience of providing life support at the scene of emergencies.
Linda is undaunted by the sight of blood or other injuries, which stood her in good stead for coping with the numerous medical situations that have cropped up over the years, but also inspired an interest in the more preventative speciality of Occupational Health.
“The key to success has been a commitment to a high standard of care and genuine interest in every client, but also support for each other,” says Linda.
“It’s great to see growth within the company, but also a huge pleasure to watch the OHTS team continually develop their skills and knowledge.”
OHTS has a growing client base which includes small, medium and large companies in manufacturing, education, medical care, chemicals and many more. Some larger clients include Gestamp and Ineos Compounds.
Back in September this year, OHTS took part in the health campaign ‘Know your numbers week’, partnered with Blood Pressure UK.
The team carried out free blood pressure checks around Aycliffe Business Park using the mobile screening unit for several companies including Stiller, BTS, Roman and Ricor.
They also attended the opening of Great Aycliffe Cancer Hub in Aycliffe town centre to carry out free blood pressure checks for the public and particularly those affected by cancer.
OHTS specialises in:
> Health surveillance programmes to fit business needs
> Management referral assessments that give you and the employee clear information, advice and choices. These can be by telephone or include physician examination if required
> Workplace Ergonomic assessments that give decisive advice on reasonable adjustments
> Rehabilitation programmes to support a successful and safe return to work
> Assistance in developing or reviewing sickness absence & other health related policies
> Early intervention treatment including physiotherapy & counselling
> Follow up advice
> Drug and Alcohol testing and support
Linda adds: “Working with our specialists does not just help reduce absence levels and their associated costs, but increases employee morale, allowing you to resolve any underlying workplace risks and assisting you in being proactive toward employee health and work.
“We’re proud to be part of Aycliffe Business Park and will continue giving a great service to our neighbours.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what the business can achieve in 2023.”