Occupational health

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

EXOHS 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-employment screening 
  • screening/immunisations 
  • referral for work-related issues, advice may include suggesting 
  • adjustments that might need to be considered to accommodate 
  • any identified health problems 
  • advice following an inoculation injury. 

The service is based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust (Heavitree) in Exeter, but the OH team provides the opportunity to be seen at Plymouth, Taunton and Truro.  EXOHS must be informed of any change of 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 EXOHS can be claimed in accordance with the standard student travel policy.