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HEOPS Guidance, Fitness Standards and Surveys

HEOPS offers the guidance below on occupational health resources and health surveillance, to help our member institutions identify the quantity and mixture of occupational health resources needed, and with the process of health surveillance in our unique occupational setting. A copy of HSG257 from the HSE is also provided below since this covers the UK higher education sector.

  • - HEOPS Guidance on Health Surveillance within UK Universities
  • - HEOPS Guidance on the Provision of Occupational Health Services in Higher Education Institutions - 2016
  • - HEOPS Staffing Resource Calculator 2016
  • - Immunisation survey results - July 2016
  • - Adjustment Guidance for students training in regulated professions - 2016
  • - HEOPS Guidance on Carcinogens within UK Universities
  • - Spreadsheet of anonymised results from HE Staffing and Workload Survey - 2014

    Fitness Standards

  • - HEOPS Guidance on Fitness to Study with Severe Eating Disorders
  • - HEOPS Medical student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Nursing student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Dental student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Pharmacy student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Practitioner Psychology student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Teaching student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Veterinary student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Social Work student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Radiography student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Physiotherapy student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Orthoptics student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Speech and Language Therapy student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Paramedic student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Occupational Therapy student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Optometry student fitness standards
  • - HEOPS Dietitian student fitness standards

    HEOPS fitness standards have been developed in consultation with the statutory regulatory bodies for each professional discipline. We commend these to our member institutions as practical, local, tools for use when undertaking health screening. These are living documents and are amended in light of feedback from members, regulatory bodies and when legislation changes. The latest version of our fitness standards are always published on this website.

    It is not possible for HEOPS to offer advice to individual students or individual training institutions. Prospective students who have serious concerns that a medical condition may have implications for future fitness to train should, at an early stage, and even before making a formal application, contact their chosen training institution, and if appropriate be offered professional advice.

    In order to assess fitness to train adequately it is necessary for the occupational health professional to take a full medical history, examine the relevant system and function, and then collect medical evidence from treating specialist about diagnosis and prognosis. Patient safety is paramount. Adjustments to the mandatory outcomes and competencies set by the statutory regulatory bodies cannot be made, because these are designed to ensure patient safety.

    Sometimes, the best advice available is for students to apply for a training place and complete the health screening process, since this may be the only way to assess objectively and adequately the level of function or impairment, in relation to the mandatory competencies.

    Archived guidance documents

  • - HEOPS Guidance on Occupational Health provision in UK Universities 2009
  • - HSG 257 Occupational Health Services in Higher Education HSE 2006

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