Fitness for work assessment
Upon offer of employment with the University, you will be issued with a Health Declaration Form and possibly a New Starter Health Questionnaire form to complete. Please refer to UAS recruitment web page for further details.
Health Declaration Form
This declaration gives new starters the opportunity to disclose any health condition or disability which they believe may affect their ability to undertake their full job role. It is also an opportunity for the individual to receive support and advice from the Occupational Health Service and the Equality and Diversity Unit on any workplace adjustments and/or adaptations to the role that may be needed to accommodate the individual’s health needs within the workplace.
The form should be sent back to your recruiting officer who will either send it to Occupational Health or the Staff Disability and Equality Advisor. For more information in regards to staff disability, visit the Oxford University Equality and Diversity Unit.
New Starter Health Questionnaire
New starters undertaking roles where workplace ‘risks’ have been identified will also be asked to complete a New Starter Health Questionnaire. This questionnaire is designed to ask relevant health questions related to risks and activities being undertaken within the role.
We may need to contact you to discuss your medical issues in more detail. Where possible we will contact you via email or telephone but on occasions, we will invite you into the department for a face-to-face assessment with one of our Medical team.
Why an assessment may be needed
- your health condition may limit or prevent you from performing certain tasks within your role (eg musculoskeletal conditions that limit ability)
- your health condition may be made worse by certain tasks within your role
- your health condition may make certain tasks unsafe for you and for others within your role
- your health condition may pose a risk to the community (eg infection transmitted by a food handler)
Fitness for work assessments are not carried out to exclude an individual from a job but to advise the departmental manager on any necessary reasonable modifications or adjustments to the job role they may need to consider, to allow the individual to work efficiently and safely.