Human Resources

Occupational Health Service

What is Occupational Health?

'The promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social wellbeing of workers in all occupations by preventing departures from health, controlling risks and the adaptation of work to people and people to their jobs.'
Professor Dame Carol Black, FRCP - Adviser to the British Government on Work and Health (2006-2016)


The University’s Occupational Health Service provides advice to managers and individuals on work related health problems and health problems that can affect work. Occupational Health is a distinct branch of health care which specialises in the relationship between work and health.  The University's Occupational Health Service provides advice to managers and individuals on work related health problems and health problems that can affect work, further to a referral from a Manager.

Advice to management will only include medical information with the consent of the employee but will mainly focus on advice regarding work fitness and any adjustments that might support the employee.

The Occupational Health Service consists of the Occupational Health Manager and a team of 2 part-time and one full-time Occupational Health Nurses.  An Occupational Health Physician visits the University 2 mornings per week.  

All information kept by the University's Occupational Health Service is held in line with the University's Data Retention Policy. For further information, please read the Occupational Health Privacy Statement (pdf).

Health Updates

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus:  Please access the NHS website for information for travellers to and from Wuhan, China.  If you have travelled to Wuhan in the last 14 days and are symptomatic, please contact your GP or the NHS111 service with details of your travel history.

Measles outbreaks:  Since 2017 there have been numerous measles outbreaks across Europe.  Over the last few months cases have also been reported in Chichester.  For information on measles, checking your vaccination status and travelling to Europe, the NHS choices website has further information.  To read the latest Public Health England announcement click here.

Zika Virus:  If travelling abroad on University business to areas affected by Zika virus please see the relevant information on the following websites: NathnacPublic Health England and NHS Choices 

Those who are pregnant and with serious health problems should take advice from a health professional and consider avoiding travel to these areas.

Others should protect themselves by using all usual bite avoidance measures and contact their GP and Occupational Health further to illness whilst away.

Ebola:  Information for Universities has been provided by Public Health England Ebola Advice document from Public Health England - 16th February 2015  For more information view the NHS Choices website

Meningitis: information for University students Signs of Meningitis information from Public Health England

Please be aware that Occupational Health does not provide General Practice services or first aid

Contact us:

To contact the Occupational Health Service, please ring our Reception on 023 9284 3187 or email:

Health Promotion and wellbeing campaigns 2019/20

NHS Cervical Screening Programme - uptake for cervical screening is at a 20 year low.  The national target for cervical screening coverage is 80% for women aged between 25-35.  Currently the coverage is at 71.4%  Public Health England has launched its first multimedia cervical screening campaign which aims to target this age group as coverage is at its lowest for this group, and incidence rates are at their highest, and also women who are disproportionately less likely to participate, including women from ethnic minorities, lower socio-economic backgrounds and lesbian and bisexual women.  For information on the symptoms of cervical cancer please visit the NHS Choices website.
Dry January  
 Mini Health MOT for staff - new year's resolutions  
Mini Mental Health MOT for staff - available from February 2020 then throughout the year  

Blood donation

If you would like to consider donating blood, please access the following link to find sessions in your local area;

Health Promotion & Wellbeing campaigns 2019 [Acrobat (.pdf) - 114kb Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:14:00 BST]