Health and wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our staff is very important to us – find out about how we can support and help you.

Parents and carers

We aim to make working as easy as possible for staff with family commitments. 

At work support

All staff who have significant health issues can access advice and support from the Occupational Health team at Kent.

They work with managers and the Human Resources team to discuss temporary and permanent adjustments for staff with all types of health issues. 

To help our staff stay healthy, we offer on-campus support including:

The future of work at Kent

A resource pack for staff and managers to use, to coincide with  the return to campus for many of us following the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Supporting your colleagues

Kent runs a number of courses on mental health support at work for colleagues and managers. 

These range from 'First Aid at work' through to mental health awareness sessions.

Disability at work advice

If you feel that you have a physical or mental impairment and you are having problems associated with it in the workplace, please discuss this with your manager or contact Occupational Health for targeted advice.

Staff networks

We are committed to creating and supporting a balanced, inclusive and diverse community at Kent

There are a number of staff networks at Kent, such as the Disability Staff Network, that provide a forum to share information and consider good practice, and recommend changes in University policy and practice.

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) workstations

All staff members are required to undertake a workstation assessment to make sure their they are able to work in a safe and comfortable manner.

Exercise referral

We can refer staff with health issues who would benefit from exercise directly to local sports centres for a three-month programme.

Management of stress

Work-related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidences of ill health.

As well as reducing sickness absence costs to the University, tackling stress can have a positive effect on:

  • employee commitment to work
  • staff performance and productivity
  • staff turnover or intention to leave
  • staff recruitment and retention
  • customer satisfaction
  • organisational image and reputation.


Occupational Health has a small budget to help fund physiotherapy sessions for staff members who:

  • have musculoskeletal problems as a result of work, or
  • cannot return to work as they have no access to NHS-funded physiotherapy sessions

In both cases, Occupational Health will refer cases to Kent Sport Physiotherapy.

Self referral

All members of staff are able to ‘self-refer’ to the Occupational Health team if they wish. 

You can self-refer to seek initial advice, or if you are uncertain about discussing the matter with your line manager or Human Resources.

Self-referral appointments are designed for individuals to discuss issues confidentially. Referrals for physiotherapy or for external counselling could be organised as a result of a self-referral discussion.

Funded external support

Our Occupational Health team are able to refer staff to an external agency for psychotherapy/counselling support when needed.

Criteria for these referrals include:

  • work-related issues
  • individuals on sick leave awaiting NHS counselling
  • individuals with enduring long-term mental health issues.

Up to 20 sessions can be funded depending on these criteria.

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