Medicine and Health students to receive greater support through collaborative project

The Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) has moved its occupational health provision for students on clinical programmes in-house to the University of Leeds Occupational Health Service.

Doctor in uniform wearing mask teaching a couple of students.

The move will help ensure that students in the faculty are provided with joined up support and the mechanisms to make sure they have the support and information they need when planning for and going out on placements. Currently, services for students on placement is done through the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Principally, the Occupational Health Service is concerned with the recognition, prevention and control of issues relating to the adverse effects of work can have on someone’s health, and the effective management of the employment problems caused by ill health.  

Its two main aims are to promote and maintain the health, safety and welfare of employees of the university, and to promote compliance with all relevant aspects of health and safety legislation.        

The change, that took place in April, brings the service closer to University support services such as Disability Services, Student Counselling and the Wellbeing, Safety and Health Service – enabling better collaboration between these key support systems.  

It also marks the end of a year-long project to better integrate the different occupational health services into one which covers the whole University community, and so the opportunity to offer the provision for medical, dentistry and healthcare students is an important development for the service. 

The FMH Dean Professor Mark Kearney said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the teams who have worked tirelessly to support our students with their occupational health during what continues to be a very challenging time across the NHS and health sector.  

“The University teams have provided excellent support, which is recognised and appreciated by all of us in Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) . I would also like to offer my particular thanks to Claire Smith, for her co-ordination, sheer dedication and hard work during this period, always with students at the heart.” 

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