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What we need you to do.

Below is a brief summary of what we need you to do to ensure that you have an accurate sickness & absence record whilst at University. Please read this in conjunction with the Sickness and Absence Policy.

Your Sickness & Absence record is used to ensure you have done sufficient hours to complete your course in relation to the professional bodies’ requirements e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council and the Health Care Professional Council. It is also used by your Personal Tutor to write your reference at the end of the course.

Step 1 - Open your absence

University absence: Telephone the Sickness and Absence line 01524 590816 before 12 noon on the first day of your absence; this officially opens your absence.

Placement absence: If you are on placement you must also telephone your placement location to let them know you will not be in, as well as the university. Seconded students must also inform their Trust.

Telephone voicemail is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Step 2 - Close your absence

Telephone the Sickness and Absence line 01524 590816 on the day you are well and fit to return to university, placement or your off duty days, as this closes your absence.

If you are on placement you must also telephone your placement location to let them know you are now fit to return.

Step 3 - Officially record your absence

Download and complete an Absence Self Certification form and if your absence is not due to personal health reasons, have the form sanctioned by your Personal Tutor.

All forms must be returned fully completed to the PLU within 12 weeks of the absence commencing. Failure to do so will result in the absence being deemed 'unauthorised' and could result in a Student Progress Review Session being instigated.

If your absence is for more than seven days, you will also need to submit a 'Statement of Fitness to Work' from your doctor.