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Healthcare Occupational health checks

The occupational health checks you'll need before registering on a healthcare degree course

If you're coming to uni to study a course in healthcare, you'll need to complete confidential occupational health checks.

These checks help to 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.

Healthcare checks

If you're taking a course in health or care with us, you'll need to complete the following checks.

1. Occupational health questionnaire

If you are on a health and care course – not a dental course – you need to complete the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust online confidential occupational health questionnaire.

When you're studying a healthcare course, your health might put be put at risk by the health of others, and vice versa. So you should disclose as much information about your health as possible.

2. Doctor's certificate and immunisation report

You need to ask your GP to complete a doctor's certificate and immunisation report.

These documents need to be completed and submitted between 1 July and 1 September before starting a course in September. Please note, you might have to pay for this GP check and getting your certificate and report could take up to 4 weeks.

Once completed, send the doctor's certificate and immunisation report by email to or by post to:

Occupational Health Department
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Southwick Hill Road
Cosham PO6 3LY
United Kingdom

3. Disclosure and barring check

You'll do a criminal record (disclosure and barring) check during your induction week. To do this check, you'll be required to bring some personal documents. Visit the Government's website for details of suitable documentation.

4. Proof of name and address

The final check we need to make if you're on a healthcare course is proof of your name and address for your disclosure and barring check. To do this, you should bring a student finance letter or utility bill from the last 3 months to your induction week.

You'll also need to give us details of your address history over the past 5 years including the full addresses, postcodes and the dates you lived at each address.

Dental students working on patient

Dental health checks

If you've been accepted onto a dental care course, you need to complete our dental health checks.

More about dental health checks

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