Occupational Health Service

The following Occupational Health Services available for Undergraduate students

Advice on a student’s fitness to undertake a course and any appropriate adjustments that may be required

Advice on fitness to study where there is a concern in relation to a student’s medical fitness to attend university, study and sit exams

Health surveillance where required by legislation

Appropriate screening and vaccinations where necessary depending on the demands of the course

Provision of comprehensive travel advice/ vaccinations/ travel packs for course related (e.g. field work, electives etc.) travel

Provision of health promotion advice on a range of issues such as alcohol, drugs and sexual health

Advice on health related issues

Students May Be Seen

Following faculty/ school referral

Following self-referral

Statutory appointments where necessary for health surveillance required under legislation or screening due to course requirements

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.

Medical Fitness for visiting Undergraduates


Innoculation Injuries Prevention and Advice for Health Care Workers.


An inoculation injury can be from:

  • A needlestick injury or a cut with a sharp instrument e.g. lancet in theatre.
  • Blood or other body fluids coming into contact with non-intact skin

(e.g. cuts, abrasions, sores, chapped skin, etc) or mucous membranes, including the eyes and mouth.

  • Bites from patients; therefore this advice should be followed in the event of a bite from a patient.

The vast majority of inoculation injuries are preventable by employing safe working practices and applying universal precautions and prevention should be the mainstay of any inoculation policy. It is your responsibility to ensure that your working practices do not put yourself or others at unnecessary risk.


Avoid inoculation injury by using these simple measures.

  • Dispose of the sharp into the bin provided immediately after use.
  • Never lay used sharps down on bedside lockers, window sills or work surfaces, or leave lying amongst swabs, paper towels or linen.
  • Never re-sheath used needles.
  • Pick up all dropped sharps carefully and dispose of them safely.
  • Remember! Open-Use-Dispose. Do not let anything interrupt this sequence of events.
  • Cover all cuts and breaks in your skin with waterproof dressings or gloves.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after accidental splashing.
  • Wear spectacles, goggles or visor when dealing with hazardous materials particularly blood and other body substances which may splash in eyes or mouth.
  • If you have a skin problem such as eczema, seek advice form the Occupational Health Service.
  • Hands must never be inserted into the sharps bin.
  • Close sharps bin and lock securely – never fill beyond 3/4 full.


Bleed it – encourage the wound to bleed (do not suck it)

Clean it – wash the wound in clean water. Splashes to the eyes should be bathed with copious amounts of clean tap water as soon as possible.

Cover it – cover the wound with a waterproof dressing.

Report it – report the injury to your Line Manager as soon as possible.

Attend the Occupational Health Service (OHS) for assessment at Waterloo Place (between the hours of 9.00am – 4.30pm) or at the Trust Hospital where you are working.

If out of office hours, assessment and treatment of the inoculation injury should be undertaken by the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department.

The OHS or A&E should be informed immediately (within the hour) if you have sustained a high risk (known or suspected HIV) injury so that you can be considered for post exposure prophylactic treatment. (PEP)

Your follow-up appointments should take place at Occupational Health Service, Waterloo Place

For further information please refer to the Sharps Injury Protocol on the University Occupational Health web page

Innoculation Injuries Prevention and Advice for Health Care Workers document to.

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