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HUMAN RESOURCES : OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE FAQs ?

The Occupational Health team aims to provide a comprehensive occupational health service to assist University College London in promoting physical and psychological well being and prevent illness and injury arising from work activity. This is achieved by a pro-active approach to the management of health in the work environment, advising on the effects of health on work and work on health.

The Occupational Health Service is situated on the 4th Floor of the Medical Centre at 3 Gower Place.       Tel 020 7679 2802   email ohsadmin@ucl.ac.uk                       MAP

Management and self referrals
Advice on Workplace Adjustments for Disabilities
Pre Employment Screening
Drivers Health Screening
Health Surveillance under COSHH Regulations 2002
Work Related Immunisation
Travel Vaccines for Work and Holiday
Counselling
Mediation

Most appointments last between 15 and 30 minutes, however, if you are referred by your manager for advice or are attending the counselling service then the appointment may last between 30 and 60 minutes.

The Occupational Health Service is available for all staff and post graduate students who are employed by the University.  If you are an under graduate student and require support and assistance you should access the student website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/support  for further information. 
Medical students should contact the UCLH Occupational Health Service at 60 Gower Street, tel 020 7380 9056 to arrange a health screening appointment.

All staff working with blood, human tissue or cells or staff dealing with clinical waste should be protected against Hepatitis B.
For the initial course, 3 injections are normally required spaced at

1st dose
2nd dose one month later
3rd dose 6 months from 1st dose

Two months after the 3rd dose a blood test is required. If the result is satisfactory then you will be considered to have immunity to the hepatitis B virus. If it is unsatisfactory, then a booster dose is required and another blood test two months later. If still unsatisfactory, a further course of 3 injections may be required, followed by a blood test.

A single booster dose is required at 5 years and current indications are that this  will provide life-long immunity, but this should be checked following a sharp’s injury or other accidental exposure to blood or body fluids.

For investigation, treatment, advice or specialist referrals for health problems, staff are advised to see their GP. NHS direct can also be contacted for urgent medical queries and provide information on NHS services e.g. how to find and register with a GP.
Staff must ensure that they are registered with an NHS or private GP.  UCL OHS provides specialist occupational health services. It is not part of the NHS Primary Care Service and therefore is neither funded nor structured to provide investigation, treatment or specialist referrals for health problems. All general investigations and treatment of health problems is the responsibility of your General Practitioner (GP).
If specific health surveillance is required, because of the nature of your work, UCL OHS will include you in a relevant health surveillance programme when your manager has notified us of the type of work you are undertaking. (LINK TO JHIF) 
Do you feel that your health problem is related to or affecting your work performance/attendance? Yes

Your local Primary Care Trust will advise on how to register with a local GP and, if necessary, allocate a GP to you in your local area. Details of your local trust can be found at:http://www.nhs.uk/england/authoritiestrusts/pct/postcodeSearch.aspx
www.nhs.uk also has lists of GP’s and dentists by postcode.
The Gower Place GP Practice is found at 2nd Floor, UCL Health Centre Building, 3 Gower Place, London WC1 Tel: ext: 37057   
Surgery Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-10.30am & 2.30pm-3.30pm (Please note: You can only receive GP services if you live locally and are registered with The Gower Place Practice)
The Dental Centre is found at 5th Floor, UCL Health Centre Building, 3 Gower Place, London WC1Tel: 7380 7186 Surgery Hours: Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm

Advice can be obtained from NHS Direct 0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk. There are also NHS Walk-In Centres. The nearest one to UCL is in Soho Square.

In the first instance contact your local first aider. In emergency situations dial 222 and request an ambulance. The Gower Place GP Practice will also attend emergencies on the Bloomsbury campus (Tel: 020 7379 7200 internal ext: 37200). Details of UCL's first aid arrangements are on the safety service web page
An accident/incident form should be completed in ALL cases, even if no injury was sustained from the incident

If you are exposed to human blood or bodily fluids you should:

For further information;
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/occ_health/accidental_exposure.php

All treatment is provided locally by first aiders in each department. We advise that all staff to make themselves aware of the contact details for their nearest first aider via your Departmental Administrator. Staff with medical conditions that might require the attention of a first aider should make themselves known to the first aider.

If specific health surveillance is required, because of the nature of your work, UCL OHS will include you in a relevant health surveillance programme when your manager has notified us of the type of work you are undertaking. (LINK TO JHIF) 
Otherwise, for all other investigations, diagnosis and treatment you should see your GP.
In addition, if you think that your health problems (physical or psychological) may be caused by your work or affecting your ability to work, you should discuss this with your manager and ask for a referral to the OHS. You do not have to disclose any personal l information to your manager. If you prefer - you can discuss the health problem in terms of the effects on your work e.g. "health problem affecting concentration".
You can also self-refer to OHS. However, if adjustments to your work are required, your manager will need to be involved so in such cases manager’s referrals are preferable.

If a manager has any concerns about the effects of work on an employee's health, or the effects of a health problem on an employee's performance or attendance, they should consider referral to the OHS for advice.  For more information you should access Management and self Referrals.

The Occupational Health Service implements UCL's policy on eye tests for DSE users.  Information on how to arrange an eye test can be found in the policy.

The OHS cannot recommend any independent health practitioners. Please discuss referral to an NHS physiotherapist with your GP. If you decide to see a physiotherapist privately you can find lists of physiotherapists online or in the phone book. As the law currently stands, anyone can work in private practice as a physiotherapist (or 'physical therapist'). The terms are not yet legally protected title. If you opt for private treatment, make sure you see a chartered and/or state registered physiotherapist. This will guarantee that:

The physiotherapist should have at least one of the following sets of initials after their name:

No, the University does not offer any private health insurance. This would have to be personally arranged by you. Providers can be found in the phonebooks or on the Web.