Occupational Health Service


Health at Work

The University recognises the importance of the health and wellbeing of all staff and Occupational Health Services therefore aim to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of staff and also to reduce the incidence of ill-health arising from exposure to work place hazards.

You can access our advice and guidance by coming to see us, or for some issues, via the factsheets on our website. Some staff will undergo regular health surveillance as required by their School / Faculty / Dept etc, you can refer yourself for an appointment, or your manager may make a referral.

Where necessary we work closely with other services at the University e.g. the Disability Support Office (DSO), Wellbeing and the Counselling Service to support members of staff with health problems, disabilities and personal issues affecting their work.

Roles and responsibilities regarding sharps and needlestick injuries for clinical placement students.

Roles and responsibilities regarding sharps and needlestick injuries for clinical placement students.

Schools in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences to:

  1. ensure each placement provider has a documented procedure in place for the management and reporting of sharps and needle stick injuries and that there is a mechanism of conveying the information to placement students;
  2. ensure that each placement student is provided with instructions to follow the placement provider’s procedure for sharps and needlestick injuries whilst on placement
  3. ensure that each student is made aware of the University Occupational Health’s guidance on the action to be taken in the event of needlestick/sharps injuries [add link to Occ Health documents]
  4. ensure that the placement students have suitable practical skills for the work experience;
  5. provide appropriate support to any placement student who is injured by a sharp known to be, or suspected of being, contaminated with a blood-borne virus (BBV), e.g. hepatitis B or C or HIV;
  6. regularly review the number of injuries reported by their placement provider;
  7. obtain reassurance that the placement provider can discharge the responsibilities described below.

Clinical Placement provider, as per the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 to:

  1. monitor the number of sharps and needlestick injuries reported by medical placement students;
  2. evaluate the risk of blood borne virus infection from the patient and take a sample from patient and placement student for testing if deemed necessary in the event of an injury;
  3. ensure employee has immediate access to medical advice in the event of a sharp/needlestick injury;
  4. offer post-exposure prophylaxis and any other medical treatment as advised by a doctor;
  5. consider whether counselling would be appropriate for the employee;
  6. report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) if a placement student is injured by a sharp known to be, or suspected of being, contaminated with a blood-borne virus as a dangerous occurrence;
  7. inform University Occupational Health of the results of any samples being tested to evaluate for its blood borne virus status;

University Occupational Health to:

  1. carry out an initial health screening and provide suitable vaccinations;
  2. regularly provide a report on the number of sharps and needlestick injuries to the relevant Schools;
  3. to follow up any reported accident with injured placement student to provide medical counselling and support, and any relevant additional screening or treatment which may be required.

University Safety Services to:

a. Inform the School and University Occupational Health of any relevant accidents if these have not been reported through the correct channels as described above.

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