Publication - Advice and guidance

Occupational health services framework

Published: 1 Apr 2017

Guidance for public sector organisations on how to access and use the framework agreement.

1 Apr 2017
Occupational health services framework

Who can access: central government
Contract status: live
Dates of contract: 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021 
Category: HR services - central government


The purpose of this framework agreement is to ensure that the continuing needs of our collaborative partners are met with regards to occupational health services.

What is in scope

Core services include:

  • case referrals
  • case conferences
  • ill health retirement assessments
  • pre-employment referrals
  • full medicals
  • generic advice - case management

Non core services:

  • statutory and non statutory health surveillance
  • injury benefits and other pension benefits
  • health screening
  • lifestyle screening
  • immunication/vaccination
  • workplace assessments
  • specialist medicals/examinations
  • diagnostic testing and laboratory investigations
  • specialist interventions and alternative therapies
  • health promotion activity
  • overseas work advice
  • awareness training and support for policy development
  • onsite service delivery
  • home visits
  • 'fast track'/emergency appointments

What is out of scope

The framework does not cover:

Who can use this

The framework is accessible to public bodies in the Scottish central government sector including:

  • Scottish Ministers (including agencies such as the Scottish Prison Service)
  • Scottish non-departmental public bodies
  • non-ministerial departments
  • some public corporations
  • tribunals
  • commissioners and ombudsman
  • any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament (including bodies financed, subject to management supervision or appointed by one or more of the foregoing bodies)
  • other relevant affiliated public bodies including the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Further information is available on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use the framework agreement to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so.

Entitlement can be established from the terms of the OJEU advert and guidance on this can be found in Annex A of our guidance on framework agreements.

If there is any doubt, legal advice should be sought.


Benefits for public bodies using this framework include:

  • maximising attendance (reducing and preventing absence)
  • ensuring the collaborative partners are legally compliant and adhere to medical best practice
  • facilitating employees being fit for employment
  • promoting employee health, wellbeing and safety
  • providing advice and support for the Human Resource (HR) departments ensuring best fit for the organisation rather than simply best practice
  • assisting collaborative partners with ill-health retirement applications where appropriate
  • compliance with the collaborative partners’ processes

Supplier details

Working on Wellbeing Ltd t/a Optima Health

Further information

For further information please contact the named individual below. 


Tammy Gracie
Scottish Prison Service Procurement
Tel:  0131 330 3772