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