Staff help and advice

About occupational health

Occupational health is a specialised area of medicine. Our main role is to look at the way an individual’s health can affect their ability to perform their job and also how work can affect their health. 

We do not provide GP services, treatment or first aid.

What we offer 

We provide services to staff to protect health at work, assess fitness for work and help manage health issues effectively. 

This includes self-referrals for any health advice or support: management/human resources referrals for sickness absence and fitness to work, pre-employment health assessments, disability support: rehabilitation advice and support, health surveillance, workstation and workplace assessments, and provision of health-related information and training. 

Access to services for staff

  • Self-referrals
Any member of staff who believes they are suffering from a health problem that could be work-related can contact us. All referrals are treated in strict confidence and occupational health staff will not pass on any information to a third party without their consent. Staff can also contact us for advice and guidance about health issues. 

  • Management and human resources referrals
A member of staff may be referred to us where there is concern regarding sickness absence or their health and the effect it has on their work. These types of referrals are arranged via your Line Manager and Human Resources Advisor. 

All referrals are dealt with in strict confidence and consent for the release of any medical information must be obtained prior to a report being generated to a third party. 


Appointments are arranged via the Occupational Health Administrator and staff may be seen at the main office on campus at 2 Kirkby Terrace. 

Occupational Health Nurses will also travel to other sites by prior appointment depending on medical need.

Display screen equipment eye tests

The University offers free eye tests to staff who are regular users of display screen equipment (DSE) subject to the following: 

a) users are entitled to an eye test every two years

b) users are entitled to spectacles for DSE use if they are needed specifically for display screen work

c) under a University agreement the cost of the eye test and spectacles for computer work will be met by the University through an agreement with ASE Eye Care Ltd 

d) staff may not use any other optician if they wish their eye test or spectacles to be funded by the University under the DSE Regulations 1992.

The new online system is easy to use and gives you the flexibility to choose from a list of affiliated opticians. 

Please visit the human resources community to find out more about the eye care plan for display screen equipment users.