Yes - government legislation advises that everyone must be double vaccinated to work in a health care setting with effect from 1 April 2022.
Occupational Health (OH)Ensuring you’re fit for the workplace
Important statement for new and continuing students studying Health and Social Care courses
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
Please be aware that from 1 April 2022, all NHS and Social Care personnel (including students) will be required to have evidence of double vaccination against Covid. This measure has been taken to protect the public, patients and staff.
If you are unable, or unwilling, to be vaccinated, we will not be able to provide you with the practice placements necessary to complete your health care degree. If this is the case, you may wish to look at an alternative career.
See the government's press release statement.
Through your placements (and later in your careers) you’ll work in all sorts of healthcare environments. It’s our job to make sure you’re ready for the real world and have the skills, ability, confidence to handle anything thrown your way!
Our students love going on placements. Nothing beats that experience of working in a real healthcare setting with patients. However, before you start we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations. This is to protect you and those around you.
There are three parts to your occupational health check:
Start by completing the online questionnaire from our occupational health provider. Please note this health questionnaire is now live and is for all our new applicants due to study with us in September 2021. Please complete the process now so that our occupational health advisors can advise you and the University in good time if any discussions or adjustments need to be considered which forms part of your offer.
2. GP Appointment
Completed your questionnaire? Great, now you need to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
3. Occupational Health appointment
The third and final step (nearly there, you’ve got this!) is to attend an appointment with an Occupational Health Nurse. You’ll receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend your appointment on. Appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 588 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to be double vaccinated?
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at email@example.com who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Good news. You’re on track in your journey to LSBU, securing your placement and working towards a rewarding career in healthcare. By now you should have started the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) process, sorted your document checks and have got your Occupational Health (OH) underway.