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Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) PgDip

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 a Bachelors Degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) 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
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
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
  • Research in Health and Social Care

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
  • Research in Health and Social Care

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.

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

It is a Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) requirement that you must gain experience in the OH practice setting throughout your studies. This can be achieved through employment in an OH service or as a result of a practice placement undertaken on an unpaid basis. In order that you gain a placement appropriate to your  learning needs and personal circumstances. This experience 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 including essays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and one examination.

Entry requirements

  • Normally two years post-registration experience and aBachelor degree equivalent to Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1). ASecond Class Honours Lower Division (2:2) classification may be consideredprovided the applicant has relevant practice experience. 
  • Applicants must have access to an occupational health practice area to fulfil the practice requirements of the programme

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4051
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4052
Application method

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £7110International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 4051Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4052Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750

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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