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Occupational health services

  1. 58. Medical schools need to make sure that they have access to an occupational health service. This should be an internal service provided by, but independent from, the university and medical school. But, in some circumstances, schools may need to use an external provider. Medical schools must make sure that the service has the right knowledge to treat medical students and a good understanding of the medical school environment. Some occupational health practitioners have taken extra raining for working with doctors, so medical schools should make sure that the service they use has access to staff with these skills.
  2. 59. An occupational health service should give the medical school advice about the support and reasonable adjustments that its students need. However, the service does not need to tell the medical school about the student’s specific condition.
  3. 60. Medical schools may also want to consider whether they could allow students to self-refer to the occupational health service. Self-referral would need to be done on a confidential basis, allowing a medical student to ask for advice about their health or disability. Medical schools that allow self-referral should give students information about how to self-refer and how the occupational health service will assess the adjustments they might need.

The benefits of an occupational health service to students

  • It provides specialist advice about health issues that could negatively affect a student’s studies or career.
  • It can work with medical schools on health issues without disclosing the details of the student’s health concern.
  • It’s impartial – it is there to give advice about students’ health and well-being.
  • It can help students to access other services to support their health and well-being while at medical school.