Occupational health services exist to keep staff safe and healthy. Horseracing depends on a fit and healthy workforce and working at racing yards, studs and racecourses can be physically and mentally demanding. Consequently, the health of those who keep the show on the road is paramount.
Racing’s Occupational Health Service aims to reduce staff sickness and ill health, provide accident and injury support and rehabilitation and ultimately help people return to work. It also provides treatment for a range of physical and mental health conditions. Crucially, the service is free to employers and employees and any recommended treatment will be fully funded. Wherever possible treatment will be provided in partnership with recommended physiotherapists. Services offered are;
Racing Welfare is delivering the service as part of its Workforce Wellbeing Programme with funding from The Racing Foundation. Referrals can be made by employers, via self-referral and from other health professionals. Anyone referred will be offered an initial assessment with an Occupational Health Nurse who will make recommendations. If required then any treatment will be arranged through our local welfare officers.
You can self-refer in the following ways:
When you refer you will be asked some questions, to confirm some basic information in order to verify your identity and take your details. Your consent will also be obtained to take part in the assessment and for your personal information to be processed for that purpose. Any referred treatment will be provided free of charge.
Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
guidance through digital and telephone options.
Jo Devereaux, who is Clinical Lead at Racing’s Support Line and a trained counsellor explains below what you can expect when you call us: