Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Pathways to Health

It is not in anyone’s interest for people who are off sick to come back to work before it is safe for them to do so. The longer someone is off work, the harder it becomes for them to return, particularly if they are left on their own to overcome barriers to return (HSE 2010)

On April 6th 2010 the old medical sick note was replaced by a medical statement of fitness for work. This new approach ensures that individuals are not left on their own to overcome barriers to return. GPs can overcome some barriers by suggesting that managers make changes at work that may include altered hours, amended duties, workplace adaptations or a gradual return to your normal hours, responsibilities and/or work load.

The new medical statement of fitness for work has helped many people to make a successful and earlier return without making a full recovery from illness. Some of these members of staff have agreed to share their experience with you through a brief explanation of their health issue, the effect it has had on their ability to work and how they have been supported to continue working. Click the windows on the right of this page to find out more.

Bangor University welcomes and will match the efforts that staff make for an earlier return to health at work. Managers are pleased to follow GPs advice for an earlier, more successful return to work and the occupational health practitioner assists this approach through welfare contact with those unable to work. The Occupational Health Practitioner supports a return to health through work in a number of very practical ways. Examples include:



The Royal College of Surgeons have produced a body map of information for common surgical procedures. Many of the explanations include a recovery tracker that helps to put time-scales on the type of activities that doctors advise, including guidance for a return to work.

This body map is under constant review and with its development more types of surgical procedures will be added, as will revisions to existing advice as new procedures are introduced. We hope you find it helpful.

Health and Safety Services have prepared a document 'Getting Around Bangor University' which we hope will enable staff and students to familiarise themselves with the layout of the Campus, facilities etc.