University Of Chichester Doctors

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University Of Chichester Doctors

Welcome to our student health and mental health page, here you’ll find useful information about the services we offer and the people you’ll meet along the way.

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.

The Emotional Wellbeing Adviser, Christina Reading, uses reflective strategies and creative processes to support wellbeing.

We believe passionately that higher education should be open to everyone who has the ability and desire to benefit. We also know that our community is enriched by the perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds.
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Student Health

Our two registered nurses, Denise Wild and Becky Pothecary, encourage and support students to manage their own health needs and also promote a culture of ‘looking after each other’ within the student community.

If you have an ongoing condition such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy, it is important that you let us know as soon as your place at the University has been confirmed so we can ensure a suitable care plan is in place.  Please contact us at or phone 01243 812076.

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

UinMind Mental Health Advice Service

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

Theyrecognise 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, signposting 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 812076

Emotional Wellbeing Adviser

Christina Reading is the Emotional Wellbeing Adviser in the Student Support and Wellbeing Service. Christina studied at Brunel, Central St Martins and the University of Brighton where she gained a DPhil.  She has worked in a variety of roles across the public, charitable and HE sectors before taking up her current post at the University of Chichester. Christina’s expertise lies in using reflective strategies and creative processes to support wellbeing. Christina encourages students to develop the skills they need to look after their mental health and wellbeing whilst they are at University, to seek

help when it’s needed and to look out for others in need of support.  This service is for students who wish to develop confidence and find strategies to face challenging events and find solutions to problems they encounter whilst at university. Whatever the issue, Christina is happy to help you develop the skills to enable you to get the most out of your course and your time at University.

Christina offers:

  • Initial mental health assessments.
  • Solution focused therapy.
  • Telephone support.

Local Doctors and Dentists

Local Doctors

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 three local surgeries:

Lavant Road Surgery is within walking distance of Bishop Otter Campus and the Halls of Residence at Havenstoke and Pinewood. 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 also within walking distance of Bishop Otter Campus, and within walking distance of University–managed accommodation at Stockbridge Halls and St. Christopher’s. Details of their opening times and services they offer can be found at: or by telephone on 01234 813450.

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.

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.