Occupational Health is a type of medical service for maintaining good health and wellbeing in the workplace.
We run an Occupational Health Service to help keep University of Bristol employees and vocational students healthy at work and in their study environment.
Student pre-course immunisation FAQs
How do I return completed forms?
Submit your completed form using the Admissions portal.
If you cannot use the portal, return your form registered post and keep a copy of the form for your own reference.
Safety and Health Services,
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I lost my pre-course immunisation form, how can I get another?
If you have lost your pre-course immunisation form, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at email@example.com and they will send you another to submit.
What should I do if I can't complete and return a form before it's due?
If you expect you will not be able to return your form before the deadline, you can nominate someone else to complete the form for you with written consent. Please return forms as soon as you can and notify Admissions and the Occupational Health Service of any delays.
How do I check the health screening requirements for my course?
We provide pre-course health screenings for students within the Faculty of Health and School of Education on courses with occupational fitness to practise requirements. You can find the complete list on our Student info webpage.
Key information about appointments and referrals
How can I get an appointment?
In order to get an appointment initially, you will need to be referred. Referrals might relate to any of the following:
- absences and returning to work
- concerns for work-related health problems
- concerns for health problems contributing to performance issues or being made worse by work duties
Referrals allow us to monitor staff with health issues effectively. Through a proactive approach, we are working to avoid health issues from negatively impacting on attendance or performance at work.
How to get a referral
Speak to your manager or HR contact to request a referral to the Occupational Health Service if you feel this would assist you in managing your health at work.
If you are a student on a Health Sciences programme in need of some Occupational Health advice, please speak to the Health Sciences Support team who can refer you to us for an appointment.
Different types of appointments
Some appointments, such as follow up appointments for vaccinations or health surveillance, don't require referrals and we will contact you to organise these. You can learn more about the types of services we run on the Workplace health page.
If you aren't sure what sort of appointment you need or whether we can assist, please contact us.
What happens if I miss my appointment?
As with any clinical service, there is high demand for appointments. If you are unable to make an appointment, contact us to rearrange as soon as possible. This enables us to offer your appointment to someone else.
If you miss a referral appointment without informing us, this will be relayed to your line manager, HR or course contact to follow up with you, and you won’t be offered another appointment at that time.
If you miss a vaccination appointment, our administration team will automatically offer you one further appointment. However, if you do not attend a second time, this will be relayed to the Faculty of Health Sciences as part of a Fitness to Practise Procedure. You won’t be offered any further appointments until this has been followed this up with you. If your vaccinations are required for clinical practice, not attending appointments could be considered a fitness to practise issue and concern.
What happens after my appointment?
After your Occupational Health appointment, you will be sent a report with advice and recommendations to support your health at work. This will also be sent to your manager and HR with your consent.
You will be given the opportunity to see the report before it is sent out. The Occupational Health Adviser will be unable to change any clinical opinions or advice, but you will be able to comment on any factual inaccuracies.
You are also able to withhold your consent if you do not want the report to be sent to your manager and HR. However, this may lead to the organisation making decisions without the benefit of independent and objective advice for dealing fairly with your health issues and balancing your needs with your work requirements.
Will my manager implement the recommendations?
Our reports will include recommendations, but our service is advisory. After your appointment, your line manager and the HR team will decide whether and how to apply our advice moving forward.
If you have any queries or concerns about whether recommendations will be implemented, discuss this with your manager and HR contact as soon as possible.
Common requests relating to parking, specialist equipment and vaccinations
Can I have a temporary parking space while I recover from illness or injury?
You can make an online application for a disabled parking permit, which is handled by Security Services. You will need to complete a personal supporting statement with one of the following forms of evidence to support the application:
- a current Blue Badge issued by your local council
- evidence of entitlement to disabled living allowance or personal independence payments
- a Medical Assessment Pro-Forma that has been signed by your GP confirming the details of your diagnosis.
The Occupational Health team will review the application and provide our recommendations to Security Services. However, Occupational Health do not make the final decision about whether a member of staff can obtain a temporary car parking space and this will be a recommendation to Security Services only.
Can I have a sit-stand desk or a new chair?
If you think you need specialist equipment such as a sit-stand desk or a new chair, ensure you have completed a DSE self-assessment and pass on any queries to your school safety adviser or local DSE assessor, who may take further steps to resolve or address the problem. View an overview of the process.
Can I have a flu vaccination?
Flu vaccinations are not provided by the Occupational Health Service.
If you are in a high-risk category, you will be eligible for the flu vaccine through your GP service free of charge. Alternatively, many pharmacy services also provide the flu vaccine for a small charge. This charge can usually be claimed back via University expenses.
Healthcare students will be able to obtain the flu vaccine through the NHS Trust they are working with for their clinical practice.
Do you provide vaccinations for travel or elective placements?
The Occupational Health Service provides vaccinations that directly relate to occupational purposes. All personal travel-related vaccinations need to be sought through your GP surgery or travel clinic.
If a risk assessment has deemed that you require a vaccination relating to occupational health for an elective placement or work-related visit, your line manager or course contact should complete a work-related travel immunisation referral form.
Following an assessment from our clinical team, we will contact you to discuss further or make an appointment.
Can I have a copy of my immunisation record?
We can provide students and staff with a copy of their immunisation record. Please contact our administration team to arrange this for you:
Can I get a lung function test or vaccination for my job or course?
If you are a member of staff and require a vaccination or health surveillance test for work-related purposes, your Head of School or School Safety Adviser must complete a health surveillance referral form and submit this to the Occupational Health Service, then we will contact you to make an appointment.
Occupational vaccinations are also provided to a select group of students who require this as part of the fitness to practise requirements of their course, such as medical and dentistry students.
This relates to occupational health vaccines only. For all other vaccinations, or for students on other courses, students should see their own GP or the Students’ Health Service for vaccinations or general health queries.