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On occasions the Occupational Health Division may refer staff members to private physiotherapists or for psychotherapy assessments and treatments. This is normally only done for work-related problems or where an injury is preventing someone from working and hence the treatment is to facilitate recovery and return to work.

Tax implications

Employees should be reassured that their confidentiality is maintained in this area. Occupational Health, not the employee's department, will complete the P11D form detailing all the taxable treatment provided by the University. This declaration will mealy indicate the name of the employee and the value of the service received. It will not specify the exact nature of the service received.

Routine health screening/medicals

No taxable benefit and does not need to be reported on P11D.


If the University meets the cost of employees' medical treatment/assessment it will normally be classed as a taxable benefit and hence need to be reported on the P11D. Exceptions are where the employee's injury or illness:

  • Can be shown to be a risk of the employee's occupation, and
  • Is due to a cause which is reasonably attributable to the nature of the employee's office or employment, and
  • Is not a risk common to everybody.

E.g. A custodian hurts their back moving office furniture within the department and the University pays for treatment. This is not a taxable benefit and does not need to be included on the P11D.

Whereas if a Custodian hurt their back whilst moving furniture at home, but the University pays for treatment to assist in a speedy recovery it is taxable and should be included on the P11D.

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