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Occupational Health

Occupational Health during COVID-19

The situation is evolving continually so we advise you to look up the most up-to-date information on the University’s Coronavirus webpage and the Government website.

COVID-19 Vaccine - Staff will be contacted by the NHS when it is time for them to take their vaccination. You can find details of the Government vaccination programme on the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination website.

The Occupational Health team is here to support our staff as we adapt to a new way of working in uncertain times and challenging situations. We recognise that, whilst ‘business is not as usual’, our staff continue to need our help to keep working, perhaps now more than ever.

As such, the Occupational Health team will continue to provide our usual service to staff although some of it may look a little different.

We are all experiencing this pandemic in different ways. One member of staff (who wishes to remain anonymous) has shared how a recent bereavment has affected them during lockdown. Find their perspective here.

Now we are unable to conduct face-to-face appointments, we have altered how we do referrals and health sureveillance. We are conducting the former via Teams or over the phone. We will be sending out forms for the latter when annual checks are due and will arrange face-to-face appointments as soon as we are able.

In light of the current situation, we are aware you may just want to ask a quick question. In these cases, Occupational Health can provide signposting and support regarding working from home and isolating.

If you would like to contact us to discuss a work-related health matter (or a sensitive matter), please initially email the confidential Occupational Health inbox (occupationalhealth@exeter.ac.uk) and one of our advisers will be in touch. If you have a disability and require additional support or to discuss something please contact the staff Disability Adviser at j.hurry@exeter.ac.uk.

Please also remember that you can access further assistance from Spectrum Life which can be accessed 24/7 for telephone counselling via our online portal, as well as offering a range of well-being resources and guides.

For ongoing mild to moderate depression and anxiety it may also be appropriate to contact local NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services.

For some people COVID is a flu-like illness with no after effects. However, a recent study shows longer term symptoms affect around 10% of 18 to 49 year olds who become unwell with COVID-19.  Some people experiencing longer term symptoms find these have a significant impact on their daily function, this may be referred to as “long COVID”.  However, this should be assessed and diagnosed by a medical professional. Please see here for more information.

As our campuses continue to open, the Occupational Health Team is supporting staff and managers of staff who are unable to agree adjustments in the workplace and have a high or very High COVID-19 age or have answered 'yes' to one of five health questions listed on the COVID-19 Age Individual Vulnerability Risk Assessment which everyone must complete, especially if you are returning to campus.

Please only email us where you are unable to agree adjustments with your manager.

Please read the full guidance before progressing.

Information and guidance on who is extremely vulnerable and who is at moderate risk can be found on the NHS website.