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Occupational Health

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

Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group

The University Chaplaincy and Staff Wellbeing teams are working together to launch a Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group - a support network for colleagues experiencing any form of Grief or Bereavement. The group will be a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities, rather than a counselling environment. Our first two sessions options are:

  • Wednesday 8th September, 12:30-13:30, Streatham Campus - Neil Cross Room (Level 1), Forum Library or;
  • Wednesday 22nd September, 10:30-11:30, St Luke’s Community Garden (behind Info @ St Luke’s)

If you would like to attend or find out more, please email Emily Rutter. Places will be given on a first-come first-served basis to keep the group size comfortable. Refreshments will be provided. The inter-campus bus timetable can be found here. Following these first sessions we will evaluate and set up further sessions. This group is open to all staff regardless of your worldview or religious faith. For further support with Grief and Bereavement, such as counselling support, please visit this page.

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 complete your COVID-age assessment before returing to campus. The University advises that where a person's COVID-19 age is under 100 and the person has had two COVID-19 vaccines then their COVID-19 age can be reduced by 15 years (subject to any local outbreaks or restrictions when further guidance will be issued).

Please read the full guidance before progressing.

If you are a manager, this may be a challenging time for you and your staff. Please see here for more information for managers: Working on Campus – Guidance for Managers, with specific guidance for managers supporting staff with disabilities as well as the Manager's Toolkit for supporting staff as they return to campus.

Please note, the Occupational Health team is available for all staff to talk to if you find your are struggling at this time with anxiety about the curent situation. Please send an email to our confidential inbox and one of or Advisors will be in touch. Please see here for more information about self referral and here for managment referral information.

Whether you are returning to campus or working from home, it's important to have your workstation set up correctly. Please see here for guidance on correct workstation set up and complete the Workstation/DSE Assessment.

If you've been working from home for any length of time you might have found you're staying seated a lot more than usual. It's important to keep moving so take a look at the Staff Wellbeing self-care page for advice on how to stay active.

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.