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Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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Occupational and intellectual wellness

When we are occupationally and intellectually well we enjoy and feel satisfied and safe within our work, have a positive work-life balance, and feel comfortably challenged.

When we feed our minds with knowledge and skills, we create a life at work that we find meaningful, interesting and enriching.

The Trust provides opportunities for our staff to learn while they work and develop their skills, and also offers functions to keep our staff safe at work, and ease their employment concerns.

Coaching for mentors and leaders

Free, confidential, 1-2-1 coaching or mentoring support sessions from NHS England and NHS Improvement for all NHS and social care leaders.

Coaching for mentors and leaders -

For more details please email:

Infection Prevention and Control

Our Infection Prevention and Control team is based across all our sites to work with you to keep you safe at work, through guidance and training and through consulting on situations that occur.

The team focus includes the safe and effective use and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), general hygiene measures such as hand washing, fit testing for respiration masks and helping staff meet Infection Control learning and development needs.

For further information please contact one of the service leads:

Tel: 01865 220881 / 221976

Safety huddles

Please visit Safety huddles

Human Resources

We have both a central corporate Human Resources (HR) function and local Divisional HR teams you can contact for workplace support and information:

Please visit Contact Human Resources

You may also find it useful to talk to the Employee Assistance Programme, or, if you are a member, your local Union Representative.

Contact details and next of kin

Please make sure your line manager and your department have the information they need to contact you, or your next of kin if there is an emergency. Give these details directly to your line manager.

To update your contact details on our Electronic Staff Record (ESR), or be directed to a pensions advisor to help with pension queries, please contact the HR Records Team.


Annual leave

Your line manager can help you work out your leave entitlement for the year and share with you the local procedure for booking time off.

The UK Government has relaxed the rules regarding the carrying over of your statutory entitlement and you are now able to carry over up to four weeks' annual leave into future leave years:

Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19

While we understand that it may be difficult to take time off, we would strongly encourage you to take the time to look after yourself where you are able: talk to your line manager about the options for using your annual leave and take every opportunity to get the rest you need to remain well.


We will do our best to support you if you need to take time off work for medical reasons. We will stay in regular contact and direct you to Occupational Health and the Employee Assistance Programme, and help with adaptions to make it easier for you to return to work.

When you return to work, you will meet with your line manager for a 'return to work' discussion.


If you are absent from work for more than 50 percent of your rostered day please contact GoodShape.

Tel: 0333 321 8086.

If your absence is because of illness, GoodShape will provide you with confidential medical advice and support from registered general nurses during your absence from work.

Working from home

We have created some helpful guides for staff who are working from home:

Advice and tips on setting up your 'Home Office' (pdf, 641 KB)

Top tips while working from home (pdf, 474 KB)

Managing successful MS Teams meetings (pdf, 432 KB)

MS Teams fatigue - how to avoid virtual burnout (pdf, 429 KB)

Remote Working Policy

This Policy can be found on the OUH intranet, and covers working all/part of your week away from a main Trust location.

To apply, complete a risk assessment and remote working agreement with your line manager.

Special Leave Policy / Flexible Working

If you need time off work due to caring responsibilities outside work, please speak to your line manager about options.

You can find the Special Leave Policy in the Human Resources section of the staff intranet.

Trade Unions

Trade Unions are able to help their members in many ways, in relation to employment or other areas of life such as finances or accommodation. Please contact the unions directly if you wish to join.

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Last reviewed:11 January 2022