Pre-course information: Occupational Health information 2022

Occupational Health (OH) questionnaire

Like all other healthcare institutions, we have a duty to check the fitness to study and practise of all potential students for the protection of both patients and candidates. You can download Vaccination and Health Requirements Information as a word document.

Please complete all sections of the confidential health questionnaire, including height, weight and immunisation history. This form is a declaration so please give adequate information about any health conditions. You may be able to find immunisation records from your GP or in your "Red Book".

You need to complete the Personal Occupational Health Questionnaire and the online form as a priority and no later than midnight on Sunday 14 August 2022. Delay in starting this process may mean that your place is withdrawn or deferred to September 2023.

If you have any queries, please email hscapps@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Please send your immunisation record and any relevant medical assessment reports by email to health.questionnaire@stgeorges.nhs.uk and include the following details in the main body of the email:

  • Full name
  • UCAS or Kingston ID number
  • Course

Please save any attachments with your KU Id number followed by your surname and first name, followed by the document type e.g. K123456 Burton Louise Vaccination Record.

On receipt of the online forms, someone from the OH department may contact you with some questions, ask you to get your GP to complete a report, or may send you an appointment for a face-to-face health interview assessment with an OH Doctor or may just pass you fit.

Once you have been assessed as fit, our OH department will inform the Admissions department. It is usual to class that stage as Level 1 clearance.

Vaccinations

As a healthcare student you will have regular contact with vulnerable patients during your training. In the event of these patients contracting diseases such as Measles, Chickenpox or Tuberculosis, the mortality and morbidity is unacceptably high compared to normal healthy people. Rubella can cause significant abnormalities in an unborn child if a pregnant woman or birthing person becomes infected. Additionally, hospitals and care settings you will be attached to during your training have strict policies regarding immunity requirements before you are allowed to have contact with patients.

It is recommended that you have the COVID vaccine doses when they are offered to you by the national vaccination programme, if you have not already received these.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Working with Children and Young People students before starting your placements:

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (VZV).

Midwifery students need to make an appointment with Occupational Health before starting. Please see the additional requirements for Midwifery students.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Chickenpox (VZV) – (Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Working with Children and Young People)

All new students starting on healthcare related courses at university need to be protected against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox (VZV). If you are unable to prove immunity to MMR by providing accurate vaccine date information or serological evidence of immunity then we recommend that you arrange immediately with your GP to have a course of 2 x MMR vaccines, 1 month apart.

If you are not able to confirm immunity to Chickenpox by either a positive history of disease or serological evidence of immunity to the disease then we recommend that you arrange immediately with your GP to have 2 x VZV vaccines, 1 month apart.

It is a mandatory requirement, for optimal protection, to be immunised before you commence your study.

Our OH department will be able to provide immunisations in the event of your immunisation history being incomplete.

Students studying Child branch nursing may need additional blood testing for chickenpox immunity on commencement of their course.

Hepatitis B immunisation (Nursing and Midwifery)

All students who will be in contact with patients (excluding Social Work students) are required to be immunised against Hepatitis B. Please contact your GP to ask if you can arrange immunisation as soon as possible. The accelerated regimen is 3 injections over 3 months followed by a blood test then a fourth/booster injection at 12 months, unless the blood test result indicates that the fourth injection should be administered immediately. The GP may recommend a standard regimen over a longer period.

Please try to ensure that you have some or all the course of Hepatitis B immunisations before enrolling in September. Your GP may suggest that you are vaccinated once you are at university, in this case you should try to have at least the first vaccination before starting the course. Further vaccinations will then be offered by our OH department once you have started your studies. Your GP might also charge you for vaccinations and this cost cannot be met by either the Faculty or Occupational Health.

Meningococcal Meningitis (Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Working with Children and Young People)

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream or meninges. Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but it is commonly contracted by first year university students. The Department of Health recommends that any unvaccinated individual attending university, irrespective of age, should be immunised before they enrol. PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR GENERAL PRACTITIONER to arrange a single dose of Meningitis C containing conjugate vaccine.

Tuberculosis/ TB

Please try to elicit information from your GP, school or family about any BCG (TB) vaccination/s, Mantoux / Heaf skin tests results, Quantiferon blood tests results, Chest X-ray results. On commencement of your course you will be seen in Occupational Health and a history will be taken to establish TB immunity.

Other Vaccines

Please contact your General Practitioner and make sure that you are up to date with your vaccinations against Diphtheria, Purtussis (Whooping Cough), Poliomyelitis and Tetanus.It is recommended that you have the COVID vaccine doses when they are offered to you by the national vaccination programme.

Screening for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis B and C

Screening for the above will be carried out by the Occupational Health Department on starting and students must attend with either their photo driving licence or passport at the occupational health appointment.

Midwifery students need to make an appointment with Occupational Health before starting, see below.

Midwifery: additional requirements

Hepatitis B, C & HIV screening appointment (Midwifery only)

All students undertaking a Midwifery course must be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C before entry to their course. This will be carried out by the Occupational Health Department at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT.

Occupational health procedure for midwifery students

  • Submit your online Personal Health Questionnaire
  • Contact the Occupational Health Department on 020 8725 1661/1662/2633, or email ohadmin@stgeorges.nhs.uk to arrange your appointment, ideally before 1 September. Explain that you are a prospective 2022/23 Midwifery student.
  • Occupational Health will need to register you on their system with first name, surname, DOB, title, gender, address, email address and your mobile number.
  • When you are informed of the appointment time make sure you know whether to go to OH Unit 1 or OH Unit 2. Anyone with mobility issues should request to be seen in Unit 2 as Unit 1 has steps.
  • Please ensure that you bring photographic ID to the appointment. Please bring all the vaccination information you have from GP records/Red Book/ previous Occupational Health Departments etc to the appointment.
  • You will be required to wear a surgical mask (provided) whilst in the department. Anyone accompanying you should to stay outside. Please do not bring children with you.
  • It is important to arrive in time to register with reception before the appointment time. If you are late for the appointment, you are likely to be requested to rebook.
  • You will be able to discuss any concerns you have with the OH department before testing, and the tests will only be carried out with your consent. If you are positive for one of the viruses it is still possible to complete your course successfully and practise as a professional in many specialties. However, you should be aware that if you are tested positive or you choose not to be tested, then you will not be able to take part in invasive procedures which are referred to as Exposure Prone Procedures.
  • All information regarding these tests will be retained by the OH department and treated confidentially, although some staff may need to be informed to make the necessary adjustments for you to complete your training safely