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Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) BSc (Hons)

Overview

This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

This award winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. It is led by Anne Harriss who was named Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2011. Anne and a programme graduate then gained the 2013 Innovations in Occupational Health. In the same year Anne achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In 2016 Anne was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, the highest award the College can bestow.

Occupational health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies. 

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you spend 50% of the course in an OH practice setting. Shared learning with other practitioners who work in the OH setting is encouraged.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take this course - the BSc (Hons). If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take the PgDip Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location

Modules

The degree course consists of six modules each worth 20 credit points. Of these; one is a research module and is taught across a range of primary care programmes. The remaining five are OH pathway specific. Some modules are available on a standalone basis. This is subject to availability - priority for places on these units is given to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Full-time

The full-time course will be completed within one year of study.

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Practice
  • Risk and Health 1
  • Risk and Health 2

Semester 2

  • Environmental Public Health
  • Case Management
  • Appraising Practice Based Evidence

Part-time

The part-time course will be completed within two years of study.

Year 1

  • Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Practice
  • Risk and Health 1
  • Appraising Practice Based Evidence

Year 2

  • Risk and Health 2
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Case Management

Employability

Occupational Health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course and the OH team work very closely with the employability services of the University in order to assist you in gaining employment within this specialty. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies if needed, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

It is a Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) requirement that you must gainexperience in the OH practice setting throughout your studies. This can beachieved through employment in an OH service or as a result of a practiceplacement undertaken on an unpaid basis. In order that you gain aplacement appropriate to your  learning needs and personal circumstances. Thisexperience is negotiated and secured by the student.

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Each module equates to 200 hours of student effort, 36 hours of which take place in the classroom. This is supplemented with blended learning initiatives including electronic learning activities and workplace visits.

Teaching consists of formal lectures, seminars, group work and field work activities including a risk assessment activity which takes place in the Palm House of Kew Gardens.

A variety of assessment strategies are used includingessays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and oneexamination.

Entry requirements

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), normally with two years post-registrationexperience and 60 credits at level 5 (previously level 2)
  • Applicants must haveaccess to an occupational health practice area to fulfil the practicerequirements of the course

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4054
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4053
Application method

If you wish to undertake an Occupational Health standalone module, you can apply for the ‘Case Management’ module through the online CPPD prospectus.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4053Session code: 1FS03
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4053Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4054Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4054Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £12500

It is possible for this course to be funded by your employer as part of your professional development. Speak with your employing Trust to see what is available.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

You can prepare to study on this course by researching the role and function of the Council for Work and Health, and reading the following texts: 

  • Kloss, D and Ballard, J (2012) Discrimination Law and Occupational Health Practice. London: The At Work Partnership
  • Lewis, J and Thornbory, G (2006) Employment Law and Occupational Health – A Practical Handbook. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
 
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Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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