Occupational Health Coronavirus Updates and Advice

Last updated: 21 January 2020

Please Note: Updates to this page

Occupational Health's services and advice is 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 continue to monitor this page for updates.


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In line with the University’s response and actions due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the recent changes to the way we are currently working, we would like to update you all on the arrangements for the Occupational Health Service during this difficult time:

Please Note: 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.

Find out more and book a test

A self-assessment of vulnerability tool has been produced by the University to help members of staff understand their level of risk if they contract COVID-19. The tool is designed to give you and your manager as much information as possible to facilitate a safe return to the workplace where appropriate.

Please visit our page on these vulnerability assessments to find out more by clicking the red button below.

COVID-19 Vulnerability Assessments

It is recognised that many University staff remain working from home during this difficult period and that their desk setup is not 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:


There are many simple steps you can take to protect your mental wellbeing during the pandemic. On the following pages you can find a list of useful resources that can help look after yourself and your colleagues:

24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

The NHS service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people who need mental health care, support or advice when their situation is not life threatening. It supports people of all ages including children and older adults.

Adults: 01865 904997

Children and young people: 01865 904998


A number of other organisations have published free resources and support available online that can help you during this challenging time:

Bereavement and grief during COVID-19

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be especially challenging at the moment. The National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub offers guidance, advice and support to people affected by bereavement caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.


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