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Dental occupational health checks

Explore the health checks you'll need before registering on a dental degree course

If you've been accepted onto one of our dental courses run by the Dental Academy, you'll need to do some specific occupational health checks.

These confidential health checks help prevent placement-related illnesses or injuries and make sure necessary adjustments are made before you start your placement.

You should complete all the checks and provide documentation between 1 July and 1 September before you begin your course in the autumn. All documents you give us must contain the most up-to-date information available.

Due to the Covid emergency, we're aware that some GPs may have difficulty in producing your GP report and vaccination history before September 2020. If this is the case, don't worry as these can be brought with you to your occupational health appointment which will be arranged for you when you start university.

1. Occupational health tests

During clinical practice on your course, you'll take part in exposure prone procedures (EPPs) which are invasive procedures. Because of this and the level of occupational health clearance you need, the Department of Health requires that you have tests and/or clearance for:

  • Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Varicella

You'll get the opportunity to give your consent for these tests to take place through our Occupational Health Service if you haven't already had them. Due to the requirements by the Department of Health, you won't be able to register for a Dental Academy course at the University if you don't have clearance or give your consent to these tests.

You'll be asked to visit an occupational health nurse during your induction week and you'll be sent more details, including the date and time of your visit, closer to the appointment.

If you don't attend this appointment you won't get occupational health clearance and won't be able to register on your course. If you have questions about this, contact the Occupational Health Service on +44 (023) 9284 3187.

2. Occupational health questionnaire

You'll need to download and complete our occupational health questionnaire as soon as possible (and no later than 4 weeks) after you receive your offer letter.

Make sure you attach details of your completed vaccination history including any childhood and travel vaccinations. You'll also need to provide a copy of any lab results for blood tests you've had. Only copies from a registered lab will be accepted.

Once you've filled out your section of the form, your registered GP will need to review your answers and complete their section. You should send the completed form to the University's Occupational Health Service by email at ohda@port.ac.uk.

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Health checks for healthcare courses

If you're studying a healthcare degree (excluding dental courses), you need to complete these specific healthcare occupational health checks. 

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