Occupational Health Service


New Starter Health Assessment

To ensures that the University is meeting its obligations under health and safety and equality legislation, starter health assessments are required for all new staff; PGR students working with Hazardous materials; and students on regulated health care programmes

A review of the medical information of these individuals is required to;

  • assesses whether an individual’s health is compatible with the role/programme which they have been offered
  • ensure an applicant’s health will not be affected by the job role
  • assess where a pre-existing medical condition could be aggravated by their required work activities
  • to provide appropriate health advice and guidance.
  • advise on adjustments required to accommodate relevant disability

New Staff Starters

All new staff starters will receive a health questionnaire from Human Resources as part of the recruitment process which they are required to complete and return to Occupational Health.

The information supplied on the health questionnaire will be assessed and will remain confidential to the Occupational Health Services. A certificate will be provided and forwarded to the Human Resources.

Occupational Health may need to make contact for further information prior to confirming fitness. Depending on the nature of the proposed work new staff may be asked to attend Occupational Health for further assessment or health surveillance.

PGR students working with Hazardous materials

PGR students are required to complete and return to Occupational Health, a health questionnaire containing a risk profile which must first have been completed by their Post Graduate Administrator or Supervisor.

The information supplied on the health questionnaire will be assessed and will remain confidential to the Occupational Health Services. A certificate will be provided and forwarded to the Post Graduate Administrator or Supervisor.

Occupational Health may need to make contact for further information prior to confirming fitness. Depending on the nature of the proposed work/studies, PGR students may be asked to complete an additional health surveillance questionnaire which will be sent to them. They may also need to attend Occupational Health for further screening.

Students on regulated programmes

Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants to courses subject to regulation must be able to fulfil the requirements of the relevant regulatory body and following graduation be medically fit to work within their chosen field.

The Occupational Health Service uses the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) fitness standards to assess fitness to train. The standards have been developed in consultation with the statutory regulated bodies (eg. GDC, GMC, NMC) for each professional discipline that awards registration status and the Department of Health.

The HEOPS fitness standards can be found on the HEOPS website.

For more relevant information please contact the school to which you are applying.

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