We are temporarily suspending the Bitesize Learning while we are supporting the return to campus. However, we hope to have new dates from November. Please do put yourself on the waiting list if you are interesed in any of the below:
- Depression at Work
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions at Work
- Menopause at Work
- Domestic Abuse Support at Work
- Dyslexia at Work
- Fatigue at Work
- Muscle & Joint Pain at Work
- Mental Health Awareness during remote working
- Personal Resilience during remote working
- Supporting the Mental Health of your Team during remote working
Occupational Health during Covid-19
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 in the following ways:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
Please also remember that you can access further assistance from Pro-Counselling 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.
SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes, tailored to your specific needs. They have set up a specific programme to help you to manage your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about SilverCloud, please visit the Wellbeing pages
For ongoing mild to moderate depression and anxiety it may also be appropriate to contact local NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services.
As our campuses continue to open, the Occupational Health Team will be supporting staff and managers of staff who 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.
If you fall into the above categrory, you will need complete the COVID-19 Personal Risk Assessment with your manager. You should then email both forms to Occupational Health. Please only email us where you have a high or very high COVID-19 age or have answered 'yes' to one of the five health questions.
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.
***UPDATE as of 22/10/2020****
Following guidance from the Government, PHE and the NHS the national supply for flu vaccinations in pharmacies has been prioritised to the vulnerable and priority groups first.
This means the flu vaccination voucher scheme is temporarily suspended until the end of October. There will be a further update past this date. If you have already ordered your voucher, or had your vaccinations please see the FAQs on the flu vaccination webpage.
The scheme is open to all colleagues who are not already entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination, and vaccinations will be available until 31 December.