Occupational health

Whilst on placement Plymouth Occupational Health and Wellbeing (OHWB) is contracted by the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences to provide occupational health services for all healthcare students.

OHWB’s role is to provide professional, impartial and confidential advice to both the faculty and the students, as required, on fitness to practice.

Key functions include:

  • pre-course screening
  • pre-placement screening
  • immunisations
  • referral for work-related issues, which may include suggesting adjustments that might need to be considered to accommodate any identified health problems
  • advice following an inoculation injury
  • health surveillance such as skin checks
  • physiotherapy services such as injury assessment.

The service is based at the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (Derriford) in Plymouth, but the OH team also provides the opportunity to be seen at Exeter.  

OHWB must be informed of any change in your circumstances, e.g. change of name or address.

If an occupational health appointment is made whilst you are on placement allocation, priority must be given to attending the occupational health appointment.

In most cases the time spent out of the placement area will be a maximum of four hours, and in these instances you will not be required to make up this time. Travel to OHWB can be claimed in accordance with the standard student travel policy.

Further information can be found on the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust website.