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Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) (PGDip)


Course Description

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.

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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/occupational-health-nursing-community-public-health-pgdip

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:
- Role of the occupational health practitioner
This module explores the ethical, legal and professional issues impacting on OH practice.

- Assessing risk 1
This module introduces risk assessment, provides an overview of health and safety legislation and introduces ergonomics.

- Assessing risk 2
This module further develops the skills of risk assessment focusing on physical hazards and food hygiene.

Semester 2:
- Evaluating research for health care
This module develops the ability to critique research papers.

- Environmental impact
This is public health focused module considering the environmental impact of a workplace.

- Applied pathology and rehabilitation
This module further develops the effect of work on health and health on work and gives an overview the development of return to work recovery strategies.

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

Year 1:
- Role of the occupational health practitioner
This module explores the ethical, legal and professional issues impacting on OH practice.

- Assessing risk 1
This module introduces risk assessment, provides an overview of health and safety legislation and introduces ergonomics.

- Evaluating research for health care
This module develops the ability to critique research papers.

Year 2:
- Assessing risk 2
This module further develops the skills of risk assessment focusing on physical hazards and food hygiene

- Environmental impact
This is public health focused module considering the environmental impact of a workplace.

- Applied pathology and rehabilitation
This module further develops the effect of work on health and health on work and gives an overview the development of return to work recovery strategies.

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 and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, 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. The team are proud of their links with the occupational health services of a range of organisations including the military, Surrey Police, Virgin Atlantic Airways, NHS Trusts, and Perkins Engines.

Jo-Anne Kitney an OH graduate and MD of Kitney Occupational Health and Safety in Brisbane, Queensland is an honorary senior lecturer. Jo-Anne offers Skype lectures, webinars, and career coaching opportunities to our students. Prof Diana Kloss barrister, employment tribunal judge and Chair of the Council for Work and Health is also a frequent contributor to our programme. It is envisaged that Chris Packham, MD of Enviroderm, will teach about Skin Protection on the programme this academic year.

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.

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.

Visit the Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) (PGDip) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

- Normally two years post-registration experience and aBachelor degree equivalent to Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1). A Second 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

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