This page contains current information and guidance about the UCO's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation and surrounding guidance is evolving, the information on this page may be subject to change.

We have been welcoming back staff and students for the start of the new term as of Monday 14 September. The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, patients and visitors is our priority, and we have been working hard to make adjustments and put additional measures in place to enable students to return while minimising the risks to the UCO community.

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and current guidance and will adapt our plans in response to this as appropriate. We would like to offer reassurance to our students that should it not be possible for you to attend the UCO for any period of time we will continue to support your education and well-being remotely.

"Courageous things took place at the UCO when the pandemic started. Faculty staff did a wonderful job at maintaining a sense of community. Staff were checking on our mental and emotional health on a regular basis... and every single [email] was emblazoned with the word 'We'." ~ Sanja Maretic

What to expect as a student

Returning students will already be aware of some of the changes we have put in place to enable learning to take place remotely where possible. Lockdown was a valuable opportunity for us to embrace this type of teaching and learning and we thank you all for working with us during this period. We have continued to build upon this over the summer and hope you will find the virtual learning elements of your course beneficial.

If you are a new student to the UCO you can find updates and information on what to expect on our information for applicants and offer holders page, and our team will provide further details and answer any questions you may have at your induction. We appreciate that the beginning of your journey at the UCO may look little different this year, but we are committed to ensuring you have a positive student expereince with us and our team will support you through this transition period and throughout your studies.

For all of our students, we know that the practical elements of the course are key to your development as an osteopath, and are resuming these while current guidance permits us to do so with additional safety measures in place.

Attending the UCO

We ask all students, staff and visitors to the UCO to help protect our community by adhering to the safety measures put in place. You can find details of these measures in the guidance document below, and we would ask everyone to read this document in full before attending the UCO. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

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Attending the UCO Clinic as a patient

The UCO Clinic has been open since the end of June. The measures and screening processes we have put in place have been working successfully, and we are pleased to be able to expand our available services further from September and to be welcoming more new and returning patients through our doors.

The following documents provide information about our risk assessment for the UCO Clinic and guidance for our students, staff and patients:

To find out more about the measures we've introduced at the UCO Clinic and what to expect from your appointment visit our UCO Clinic website.

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 at the UCO

The UCO has developed the following draft plan for the management of an early outbreak of COVID-19 at the UCO:

What to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating

The common COVID-19 symptoms are currently as follows:

  • a high temperature
  • a new or persistent cough
  • a change or loss of taste and/or smell

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are required to self-isolate please do not attend the UCO or UCO Clinic. You should notify your tutor or line manager via the usual channels (or the UCO Clinic if you are a patient unable to attend an appointment) and arrange a test

Please notify us of the results of your test as soon as you are able to, and in the event of a positive result you should continue to self isolate and follow test and trace guidance. If you are a patient experiencing symptoms after a visit to the UCO Clinic please notify the UCO Clinic reception team as soon as possible.

If you start to feel unwell while at the UCO or UCO Clinic, please ensure you are wearing a face mask, isolate yourself and notify a staff member as soon as possible, before returning home to self-isolate until you have completed a test.

COVID-19 guidance from the Government and NHS

Latest advice from the UK Government and the NHS: