Health screening assessment
The department is responsible for assessing your health and fitness to train, prior to commencing your chosen course and during clinical placements.
Pre-course Health Assessement
Up to six months before your course commences you will be sent an email, telling you to download two forms (PDFs) that need to be completed and returned to the department. Please click on the links below to download:
The health declaration form must be downloaded, printed and completed in full. Please make sure you declare all medical conditions both past and present. The form can be completed in hand or type but the form must hold a valid hand written signature. We do not accept electronic or scanned signatures.
The GP form should be downloaded, printed, consent signed and then taken to your GP surgery for completion. Please be aware that your GP could take up to six weeks to complete this form. Ensure that the GP form has been fully completed and stamped by the surgery, prior to it being returned to the department.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is returned promptly to the department and that you attend all appointments made for you. Failure to return information or non-attendance of appointments will delay or affect your fitness to train status.
Please note that any cost incurred from your GP is not the responsibility of the University.
To cancel your appointment in the event of an emergency please ring 0161 295 6273.
Please then send both completed forms to Student Occupational Health, The University of Salford, Room L730, Allerton Building, Frederick Road Campus, Salford, M6 6PU.
Health Screening Assessment for All Students
On receipt of both forms Student Occupational Health Department will contact you with an appointment to see an occupational health nurse. Please be advised that the department cannot take responsibility for children during your appointment.
At this appointment the nurse will discuss any health issues you have disclosed, both past and present, and will discuss the information on your GP form and review your vaccination history. Using this information they will assess if you meet the criteria to be deemed fit to practice.
This appointment could take up to 45 minutes and may involve a blood test, so please wear suitable clothing. Also make sure you have eaten and had something to drink prior to your appointment.
Occasionally there may be a requirement to refer you to the OH physician prior to any decision of fitness to train being made.
Additional Health Screening Assessment for Midwifery Students
All staff undertaking Exposure Prone Procedures, such as doctors, dentists and midwives (including student midwives) are required to undergo testing to show that they are not carriers of any blood borne viruses.
This blood test is taken at your nurse assessment before you start your course. The blood test will check if you have been exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. These are all serious but relatively uncommon viral infections and are all transmitted by blood and bodily fluids.
Before we can test for these viruses we need to confirm your identity, therefore please bring with you some ID, i.e. a passport or picture driving licence.
Blood results will not be given over the telephone; a further appointment will be made for you to return to the department. At this appointment you will be given your results verbally.
If you are found to be a carrier of any of these infections, you will be referred to the occupational health physician for further advice.
Health Screening Assessment for Student Social Workers
When you have sent in both of the medical forms, they will be screened by the nursing staff. Students undertaking social worker training are not routinely seen by Student Occupational Health, but if you or your GP has declared a medical condition or issue on your medical form you may be invited into the department to see one of the nurses or the occupational health physician.
Health Screening Assessment for Nursing and Midwifery Training
Once an offer of a place to study at the University of Salford is made, we will need to be aware of any disabilities or health conditions which could be relevant to your proposed programme of study, future registration and employment. There are specific competencies which you must meet during your training before you can achieve professional registration to practice.
The University of Salford is committed to providing equality of opportunity for disabled students and where possible all reasonable support will be provided to enable completion of the chosen programme of study. However, for those of you undertaking healthcare studies, we need to ensure that you will also be able to fulfil the requirements of the relevant regulatory body, NMC, and, following graduation, be medically suitable to work within your chosen field. Further information can be found here.
Therefore, as part of the admissions process you will be invited to engage with our Student Occupational Health Service. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire, you will need to provide certification from your GP and you will be invited for a health assessment and commenced on a vaccination programme.
The University of Salford uses Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners Standards (HEOPS). These standards, developed in recognition of the requirements of the professional bodies that award registration status and the Department of Health, also meet the criteria in the Equality Act, 2010, in that they are a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of ensuring patient safety. Your assessment will be based on these standards.
Students must be capable of safe and effective practice as a nurse/midwife without supervision by the end of your programme of study. Thus Fitness to Practice follows Fitness to Train. Details of the standards applied can be found here.
You will have a duty to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to the Occupational Health Service and no information should be withheld. Any failure to do so may result in the offer of a place being withdrawn or reconsideration of your fitness to continue with the programme of study.
You can be assured that the information you provide will remain confidential to the staff of the Occupational Health service. However, the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Science and Student Life will be informed of the functional effects of any health problem/disability if this is relevant to your own health & safety, educational needs and/or patient safety and the need to consider reasonable adjustments and/or additional support; this will be discussed with you fully should it be relevant in your case.
Essential nursing and midwifery skills
Student nurses/midwives must have medical fitness to achieve the following without supervision by the end of their program:
- Maintaining patient dignity, privacy and confidentiality.
- Effective communication, observing, assessing, reporting and recording skills; includes listening and taking physiological measurements.
- Moving and handling patients.
- Infection prevention and control.
- Performing technical skills and using complex equipment.
- Essential first aid, emergency procedures and incident management.
- Administration of medicines.
- Emotional, physical, personal and compassionate care of patients.
- Meeting patients’ needs, including those for safety, comfort, nutrition and personal hygiene.
The criteria for medical fitness to train
Testing for immunity and infection
In accordance with the current Department of Health (DH) guidance, which is regularly updated and reviewed, students should protect patients, colleagues and themselves by being immunised against serious communicable diseases.
The University of Salford will not permit students to begin their practical placements until they have been immunised in accordance with DH recommendations. The current DH recommendations are the following:
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) – We will require you to provide evidence of immunity or certification of two MMR immunisations as already given via your GP, this will need to be submitted with your completed health questionnaire. In 2012 there were 1,920 confirmed measles cases in England. Immunosupressed patients and young children are particularly at risk of severe complications if they contract this disease so their protection is dependent on not being exposed to this disease. Therefore it is important that students are immunised to prevent exposing their patients to a potential risk of infection.
- Tuberculosis (TB) – Evidence of a BCG scar, immunity and freedom from TB disease.This is to ensure that both the patient and the student are protected from contracting this disease.
- Varicella (Chickenpox) – History of the disease or blood test confirming immunity, if you have no immunity you will receive the vaccination (if applicable).Varicella can be a serious disease if contracted in adults particularly smokers, immunosuppressed patients, pregnant women and babies.
- Hepatitis B (Hep B) – Immunisation and a blood test to confirm immunity to be offered to all students. This is a course of three Hep B vaccinations.Hep B vaccination is given to ensure that students are protected from contracting this disease in the event of a ‘needlestick’ or sharps injury.
- Hepatitis B, C and HIV – Antibody test for infection to be offered to all students.
- Additional health checks for students who undertake exposure prone procedures (EPP) are described in detail in the DH guidance and can be accessed online.
- Students must seek specialist medical advice and diagnostic testing if exposed to serious communicable disease, and should then adhere to the specialist medical advice received.
A personalised immunisation programme will be planned for you by the Student Occupational Health Service. Appointments will be made with you and charges may incur if you do not attend these appointments. A review of your fitness to train may also occur.
If you require further information concerning immunisations please consult the Immunisation against infectious diseases (Green Book) or the Department of Health Guidance.
Assessment of functional capacity
- Mobility – This includes the ability to be independently mobile, if necessary with appliances. The student must be able to engage in all aspects of nursing care. All students must have manual dexterity sufficient to perform essential nursing or midwifery skills.
During your assessment we will ask you to demonstrate that you can move your neck, shoulders and arms with ease. We will also ask you to bend forward and touch your shins. We will also ask you to squat and rise with ease.
- Vision – This includes the ability to read prescriptions and the text on drug packaging, vials, ampules etc.
During your assessment we will need to ensure that you can read at N6 for near vision and 6/18 at a distance. You may wear spectacles or contact lenses for this test.
- Hearing – This includes the ability to understand the human voice at 1 metre in a quiet room. Assessment of hearing should be after correction with hearing aids and with additional aids such as electronic stethoscopes.
This will be assessed during participation in your assessment. Some courses are suitable for those with significant hearing loss. Please contact G.Colgan@salford.ac.uk for further information.
- Speech – This includes the ability to speak clearly, in English, and be understood at 3 metres in a quiet room with background noise of no more than 60dB.
This will be assessed during your participation in your assessment
- Literacy and Numeracy – Applicants who declare a learning disorder, for example, dyslexia and/or dyscalculia, which impairs literacy and numeracy functions. Will be supported through Student Life to meet the requirements for the NMC. i.e.by the end of the program, the student is safe and effective to practise as a nurse without supervision.
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- Skin function – Skin must have integrity compatible with protection of patients from increased risk of infection. This is especially so for the scalp, face and hands which cannot easily be covered with dressings. Skin conditions that may be aggravated by frequent hand cleaning, or which cannot be readily decontaminated will be assessed by an Occupational Physician.
We will ask you if you have any skin conditions in the questionnaire and we will ask to look at both your hands and forearms.
- Interruption of consciousness – The risk must be low enough to represent minimal risk to patients.
We will ask you if you have any medical conditions which could lead to interruption of consciousness, for example, epilepsy, in the questionnaire and we will ask you more about this at your assessment.
- Concentration, awareness, memory and ability to learn and understand – Students must be able to meet the academic level and standards set by the regulatory body, which include aspects such as communication, awareness and record keeping. Students must have a full awareness of their own mental health, when to seek help and from whom.
We will ask you about various aspects of mental health in the questionnaire and we will ask you more about this at your assessment.
We hope you have found this information helpful. If it has raised concerns or any specific questions please do not hesitate to contact the University of Salford Student Occupational Health Service at:
Student Occupational Health, Room L730 , Allerton Building, The University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU
Tel No. 0161 295 6273 | Email: HSWfirstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness to Train Certificate
Once you have successfully completed your health screening assessment, you will be considered fit to undertake clinical placement and your School/College will be issued with a Fitness to Train Certificate. This allows you to attend clinical placements and clinics during your chosen course. Without your fitness to train certificate you will be unable to attend practice placements.
Erasmus (International Nursing) Students
Student Occupational Health provides all incoming Erasmus students with a health screening assessment by a nurse to confirm that they are medically fit to attend placements.
All students need to submit a health form (PDF), which must be completed, signed and stamped by their medical practitioner.
Post it to:
Student Occupational Health, The University of Salford, Room L730, Allerton Building, Frederick Road Campus, Salford, M6 6PU, United Kingdom.
We do not accept forms via email. Forms should be received by the Department at least four weeks before your arrival in the UK.
Data Protection Statement
University of Salford takes its responsibility for looking after information very seriously. The University is responsible for assessing your health and fitness to practice, prior to commencing your chosen course and during clinical placements and in order to make that assessment requires you to provide that information. We follow the Data Protection Act (1988) at all times when asking for or handling your information.