Student Occupational Health provides a confidential service to all students and applicants in the School of Health and Society and the School of Health Sciences.
Student Occupational Health
The University of Salford
Frederick Road Campus
T: +44(0)161 295 6273
Monday 8.30am - 4pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 4pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4pm
Friday 8.30am - 4pm
Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm
Up to six months before your course commences you will be sent an email, telling you to download a form that need to be completed and returned to the University of Salford Student Occupational Health. Please click on the links below to download:
The form must be downloaded, printed and completed in full. Please make sure you declare all medical conditions both past and present.
The completed form (do not separate sections) should then be 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 surgery has fully completed and stamped the form with the practice stamp,prior to it being returned to the University of Salford Student Occupational Health.
The form must be returned to Student Occupational Health on the address listed below. Alternatively we now accept scanned copies and these can be emailed to StudentOHfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure they are a single document in a PDF format. The document must be legible. If it is not legible these will be returned.
Student Occupational Health
The University of Salford
Frederick Road Campus
Salford M6 6PU
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.
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. Immuno-supressed 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 ‘needle stick’ 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 theImmunisation against infectious diseases (Green Book) or the Department of Health Guidance.
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.
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 now accept forms via email to Studentohemail@example.com. Please ensure they are in PDF format. The document must be legible. If it is not legible these will be returned.
The Department of Health states in the “Immunisation Against Infectious Disease” (Green Book 2006) that all health care workers including students are at risk from exposure to hazardous substances including pathogens. You have a duty of care to protect patients, colleagues and yourself by completing any required courses of vaccinations, to ensure you are immunised in accordance with the recommendations from the Department of Health.
If you do not complete any stage of your vaccination program i.e. Hepatitis B, your Fitness to Practice certificate may be withdrawn / suspended.
If you are given an appointment, it is imperative that you attend. If you do not attend your appointment, a letter will be sent to your tutors regarding your non-attendance.
If you are on placement or attending lectures at the time of your appointment, please show your letter to your mentor / tutor, who will allow you time to attend.
Requesting Immunisation History
If you need a copy of your vaccination history you can request via Salford Online Shop. There is a fee of £25.
On receipt of your request we aim to process it within 10 working days.
If you require a copy of your Immunisation history for placement please contact Student Occupational Health.
- Sharps injuries can be hazardous; there are several blood-borne infections which can cause long term health problems that can be transmitted by sharps, namely Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
- If you have a sharps injury, human bite or splash of bodily fluids in the eye, please report this to the person in charge at your placement. You must then adhere to the current policy of your placement.
- If your tutor has concerns regarding your health which may affect your fitness to practice status, they may, with your consent refer you to Student Occupational Health. An appointment will be sent to you to see our occupational health physician. After your consultation, the Dr will write a medical report outlining any issues raised and any appropriate actions/adjustments if required. A copy will be made available to you. If the Dr requires further information, he will obtain your consent to write to your GP or consultant. Please note if you do not attend the appointment, it could affect your ability to attend clinical placements.
- If an employee is new to the NHS (including students) or has no (or inconclusive) evidence of prior BCG vaccination, a Mantoux or interferon-gamma test should be performed. (NICE Clinical Guideline 33, March 2006)
- At your health screening assessment the nurse will advise you on the immunisations that you require.
- All the immunisations that we currently give are safe to give together, in accordance with the Green Book 2006.
- You may be prevented from attending placements and be asked to attend an appointment with our Occupational Health Physician.
- You are allowed to commence your placements even though you may not have completed your course of immunisations. The nurse will advise you on any precautions you may be required to make.
- Around 10 to 15% of adults fail to respond to three doses of vaccine or respond poorly. Poor responses are mostly associated with age over 40 years, obesity and smoking (Roome et al., 1993)
- Please contact the Department and discuss your concerns with the nursing staff.
- The intake of alcohol is not contraindicated following an immunisation. While there may be some discomfort in your arm, this should not prevent you from undertaking exercise.
- You can replace your forms by downloading replacements from the Student website
- If you have an interruption from your course you will be required to submit a new health declaration form and GP form. If your reason for interruption was medical/health related, then you may be required to attend an appointment with our occupational health physician/nurse.