Occupational Health Coronavirus Updates and Advice

Last updated: 20 July 2021


Please Note: Updates to this page

Occupational Health's services and advice are regularly reviewed to reflect the changing national and local advice, guidance surrounding COVID-19, and feedback from our service users.

We will update this page with additional information as it becomes relevant; please check back regularly for updates.

 

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In line with the University's response and actions due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there are changes to the way Occupational Health are currently working. This page sets out our current arrangements:

  • Occupational Health staff are working remotely
  • A full Management and Self-Referral Service is being provided, however, any consultations are being conducted via telephone
  • New Starter Health Questionnaires and Health Declarations continue to be processed at full capacity, however, any consultations generated from these are being conducted via telephone
  • Health Surveillance activities are temporarily suspended to avoid face-to-face contact between clinicians and University staff and students. Please continue to send in all health surveillance forms, such as the HS1 and pathogen forms, as these will be triaged and staff contacted where necessary
  • Continue to send Research Passport forms, Respiratory, HAVs and any other health questionnaires to us. These will be triaged and staff contacted where necessary
  • Researches who focus on the COVID-19 vaccine trail will be seen face-to-face for any interventions they may require. This includes vaccinations, bloods and needle stick injuries
  • Occupational Health can still be contacted via telephone but you will need to leave a voicemail message. A member of our team will then get back to you

Occupational Health services offered during the COVID-19 outbreak

Check the status of clinical services offered by Occupational Health by clicking here

 

The University's in-house COVID-19 testing service is now open to all staff and students of the University and colleges, providing rapid access to free testing if they think they have coronavirus symptoms.

Alongside this service, the University offers regular symptom-free testing for staff and students who are using or providing college or University services on site, and for students resident at their term-time address. 

Find out more and book a test

HR have provided guidance on supporting staff with concerns about on-site working. This guidance sets out a process for a conversation, between the returning individual and an appropriate person, to understand any vulnerability or other factors that require consideration before agreeing an approach to achieve, as safe as possible, a return to work. It applies in instances where the department has decided that it needs a member of staff to return to on-site working for some or all of their contracted working hours.

Some staff may be comfortable returning to work and feel that a conversation in advance is not necessary. In such cases no conversation is required, however, every member of staff should be offered the opportunity to have a conversation to discuss any concerns they may have.

HR guidance on supporting staff with concerns about on-site working

The process for these conversations is set out in this flowchart

 

Many University staff remain working from home during this difficult period and their desk setup may not be the same as their normal working environment.

To help support staff and managers, a homeworking self-assessment tool has been created. The assessment tool will help identify any adjustments that may be required and/or any additional equipment that may be needed and how these can be purchased.

Please explore the links below to access the self-assessment tool and guidance for managers:

For staff who are spending most of their time at a computer, we have outlined some simple stretching exercises as well as some suggestions to help you stay active during the day.

 

There are many simple steps you can take to protect your mental wellbeing during the pandemic. Take a look at some of the useful resources listed below to help look after yourself and your colleagues:

Bereavement and grief during COVID-19

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be especially challenging at the moment. If you are affected, or are supporting someone who is, the HR Support website lists a number of sources of support.

 

Take a look at the NHS website for information about Long COVID and the Your COVID Recovery service.

The NHS Wales COVID Recovery app is a support tool for adults recovering from COVID-19 that can be utilised alongside or independently of formal COVID-19 rehabilitation, which you may receive from your healthcare professional. The app helps you manage your symptoms, set goals around your recovery, and monitor your progress.

 Download from the Google Play Android App Store 

 Download from the Apple App Store