Introduction to UEA Students Occupational Health
Occupational Health (OH) services are available to students who are undertaking a healthcare or education course. These courses require the student to attend placements in a workplace where they may be exposed to health risks and will be dealing with a vulnerable population. In line with national guidelines and standards we seek to assist the university to maximise the health and fitness of their healthcare and education student population. We do this by:
- assessing the individual’s health prior to study initially using a health questionnaire
- recommending adjustments that may assist individuals to reach their potential in their studies
- managing sickness absence and return to study programmes
- providing travel health risk assessments for individuals travelling for study purposes
- providing immunisations to protect students where appropriate.
In addition immunisations and blood tests are also undertaken on healthcare students to protect the vulnerable individuals they may encounter on placement.
Congratulations on being offered a place to study at UEA.
What should you do now?
- Read all the guidance below
- Download and complete the Health Questionnaire
- Arrange for your GP to complete and sign the health questionnaire (There may be a fee for this service)
- Photocopy the health questionnaire and keep the copy somewhere safe
- Send the completed health questionnaire to the Occupational Health Department at UEA - address on health questionnaire
- Make an appointment to start your Hepatitis B vaccination course (There may be a charge for this service - please see below for further information)
- Before coming to UEA obtain a printout of your immunisation history from your home GP (There may be a charge for this service - please see below for further information)
- Make a copy of your immunisation history
The university welcomes applications from disabled people as most health conditions and impairments should not prevent you from being accepted for training, if reasonable adjustments can be made. The School will provide all reasonable support to enable students with impairments and health conditions to complete their studies. It is therefore important that you declare all known medical conditions and events. Failure to declare a medical condition or event may lead to your offer being withdrawn or suspension from your course.
For further advice and support in relation to disability please contact the UEA Disability Co-ordinator in the Dean of Students' Office (Student Support Services) on 44 (0)1603 593693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To discuss health and fitness to practise issues, please contact the Occupational Health Advisors' on 44(0)1603 592174 or email email@example.com
In order to assess your needs you are required to complete a health questionnaire. All medical and sensitive personal information you provide will be held in confidence by the OH service. The school will only be informed of the need to make adjustments if it is relevant to your educational needs or patient safety and with your full involvement.
You may not be allowed to start your course if the Occupational Health Department has not received your completed health questionnaire and your School has not received your OH clearance.
We can only process health questionnaires within 8 months of your course start date. If your start date falls outside of this time frame, please delay completing the health questionnaire until 8 months prior to your start date.
You must inform Occupational Health if there is any change in your health between completing the questionnaire and starting at UEA.
In line with Department of Health guidance, as a healthcare student you are required to have occupational health clearance before you go on clinical placements. In order to obtain this clearance you are required to demonstrate that you have immunity to the following diseases:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (a history of 2 MMR vaccinations required)
- Diptheria, tetanus and polio (a history of 5 DTP vaccinations recommended)
- TB (BCG vaccination required)
- VZV - varicella zoster (a history of the disease or blood test required)
Your immunisation history report from your general practice should provide information of your immunity to these infectious diseases. Please ensure you bring TWO copies of your immunisation history with you (one copy for us, and one for your new GP surgery). This will be required for your OH induction appointment which you will be asked to attend at the start of your course. If you do not have adequate immunity to any of the diseases listed above we will arrange to immunise you at this appointment. If you have any medical reasons to prevent you from having any of these vaccinations this will be discussed with you at this appointment.
Hepatitis B Vaccinations
The Department of Health guidelines indicate that for their own protection all healthcare students should be immunised against hepatitis B. The hepatitis B vaccination course consists of 3 injections and a blood test:
- Initial dose
- Second dose given not less than one month after initial dose
- Third dose given not less than six months after initial dose
- Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test carried out no less than 8 weeks after the third dose.
There are other time schedules for giving this vaccine but it is recommended that healthcare workers have the above schedule.
This vaccination is not available on the NHS and there may therefore be a cost associated.
Students are encouraged to have had at least the first 2 injections before they come to university.
What should you do now?
- Contact your home GP to see if they can provide the Hepatitis B immunisations to prospective healthcare workers
- If they can - find out the cost - it may be cheaper to have it done through Occupational Health at the UEA (current cost is £35 per vaccine)
- If you are unable to get the immunisation through your home GP, contact us as soon as possible - we may be able to start the vaccination course before you come to university
- If you choose to have the vaccine at UEA you will be required to pay for the first 2 immunisations. The university will pay for subsequent immunisations and any blood tests.