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Student Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our student health and wellbeing page. You'll find useful information about the services we offer and the people you'll meet along the way.

The Student Wellbeing Services are headed up by Esther Hunt, a registered MBACP Accredited Psychotherapist.

The Student Wellbeing Adviser Team offers a friendly, helpful and confidential service for all students who need help with general enquiries, or major and minor queries or problems. 

The Student Health team at the University comprises two registered nurses, Denise Wild and Becky Pothecary, who offer professional support to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the student population. 

The UinMind Mental Health Advice Service offers expert support and advice for all students with diagnosed conditions as well as those with suspected mental health and wellbeing issues such as stress, trouble sleeping, low mood or difficulty coping. 

If you have an ongoing health or mental health condition such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety, depression or an eating disorder, it is important that you let the University know as soon as your place here has been confirmed so we can ensure suitable support is in place. Please contact the Disability team at or phone 01243 812076. If you would like to speak to the nursing team you are welcome to contact them on 01243 816111 (term time only).

Student Wellbeing Adviser Team

If you are uneasy with any aspect of student life (first time away from home, new academic year, workload, friendships, living circumstances, money, health, relationships… anything), are worrying about people or a situation at home, going through a tough time, or you’re concerned about someone you know, the Student Wellbeing Advisers are here to help.

  • General welfare
  • Concerns regarding friends, family or other students
  • Support for Care Leavers
  • Support for Carers
  • Academic issues
  • Placement concerns
  • Mitigating circumstances
  • Self-harm
  • Stress / anxiety / homesickness / low mood
  • Relationships
  • Bullying
  • House or flat-share issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Sexual Assault
  • Help prioritising and sign posting to other professionals, both within and external to the University

Together, we aim to support your experience as a student by listening, advising and providing strategies to help develop your self-awareness, reflective processes to help build your confidence; offering a range of professional service (including mediation; working with you to increase your sense of wellbeing, and enabling you to develop as a fulfilled and valued member of our University community.

To make contact with Student Wellbeing Adviser Team, make an appointment at SIZ, call 01243 816238 or email

Student Health

The Student Health team is comprised of two registered nurses, Denise Wild and Becky Pothecary. They encourage and support students to responsibly manage their own health needs.

They also provide practical support with GP registration, sexual health, concerns about medication and impact on academic performance.

If required, support plans can be formulated to ensure students with chronic health conditions are safe and supported whilst at University.

To make contact with Student Health (term time only) call 01243 816111 or email

We offer confidential support and information on a variety of health-related issues including:

  • Advice and treatment for minor concerns
  • Sign posting to other professionals, both within and external to the University
  • Concerns regarding friends, family or other students
  • Academic issues relating to health and wellbeing
  • Mitigating circumstances
  • Healthy eating / Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Stress / anxiety / homesickness
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Assault
  • Information on sexual health and free condoms and Chlamydia screening
  • Help to stop smoking
  • Drug and Alcohol support

If you or anyone you know, whatever the gender, has been the victim of a sexual assault please feel free to contact the nurse health advisers for completely confidential advice.  You may also find our ‘Help and support after sexual assault’ booklet useful. 

If you don’t feel you can tell us about it directly, please consider using our anonymous reporting page.

UinMind Mental Health Advice Service


Karen Bridle

Graham Francis

The UinMind team consists of two registered mental health professionals with extensive experience in a variety of settings – Karen Bridle and Graham Francis.

They recognise that students with mental health needs will best be supported by an approach that promotes resilience and recovery.  Their student-centred approach includes offering advice, sign posting and short-term 1:1 or group interventions to support students in developing skills for self-management, wellness and recovery. 

The service aims to empower students to manage their mental health needs in order to achieve their learning potential and get the most out of their university experience.  We are committed to reducing stigma around mental health and valuing uniqueness and diversity.

If you have an ongoing condition, which could affect your ability to study, we strongly recommend that you contact us in advance of commencing your course so that any reasonable adjustments can be planned with you in a timely way and, if appropriate, a suitable care plan can be put into place for you.

Please contact or phone 01243 816402

Local Doctors and Dentists

We strongly recommend that all students register with a GP local to the University Campus; it will still be possible for you to see your ‘home’ GP during holidays as a temporary patient.  The nurse health advisers will help you through the registration process.

We maintain close links with four local surgeries.


For Chichester:

Lavant Road Surgery is within walking distance of Bishop Otter Campus. They also have an on-site Pharmacy.

Details of their opening times and the services they offer can be found at or by telephone on 01243 527264.

Cathedral Medical Practice is within close walking distance to Stockbridge Halls, St. Christopher's and Mainline Halls.

Details of their opening times and services they offer can be found at or by telephone on 01234 813450


For Bognor Regis:

Maywood Surgery is a half-hour walk from the Bognor Regis Campus.
Details of their opening times and the services they can offer can be found at or by telephone on 01243 829141
Their information for students can be found at

Bersted Green Surgery is within walking distance of Bognor Regis Campus.
Details of their opening times and the services they offer can be found at  or by telephone on 01243 864843.

We also hold details of other surgeries in and around Chichester and Bognor if needed.


Out of hours

If you need medical help out of hours but it is not an emergency call the NHS 111 number.


Local Dentists

There are currently no NHS dentists available in this area. Therefore we strongly recommend that you maintain contact with your dentist at home.

However, there is a clinic for emergency dental treatment at The Jubilee Dental Centre, St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester. This is an appointment-only service and all appointments can only be made by telephone for the same day. This can make it difficult to access as the line is often busy, but you will not be seen if you just turn up! Opening hours are Monday to Friday 5.30 pm to 10 pm; weekends / Bank Holidays 8.30am to 1 pm. Telephone: 01243 831790