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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.

The Workplace Health Management programme is designed for those with an interest in promoting health and safety at work including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and managers. Applicants with a non-clinical background are eligible to enrol on the Graduate Certificate element of the programme which consists of three modules. There is a clinical element to the BSc; as one of the final modules has a clinical component.

Those who have completed either the Grad Cert will be able to seek employment 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.

You will spend 50% of the course in an OH practice setting. Shared learning with other practitioners who work in the OH setting is encouraged.

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 stand-alone basis. This is subject to availability - priority for places on these units is given to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Modules

Full-time Graduate Certificate - Completed in one year of study.

Semester 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Part-time Graduate Certificate - Completed over two semesters but within two academic years.

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Full-time PgDip - Completed in one year of study

Semester 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Semester 2:

• Evaluating research for health care
• Environmental impact
• Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Part-time PgDip - Normally completed within two years of study

Year 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Evaluating research for health care

Year 2:

• Assessing risk 2
• Environmental impact
• Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Teaching and learning

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

Teaching includes 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.

There is no placement requirement for this course.

Timetable

Full-time students attend for two days each week studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1 on one day and Assessing risk 2 on the second day of attendance.

Part-time students attend for one day each week and join the full time students studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1.

This course and the occupational health nursing programme recruits from a wide geographical area. Past students have travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Cornwall, Norfolk and Suffolk. In order to facilitate the travel needs of such students, the first lecture of the day is scheduled to commence at 10.00am and all lectures are completed by 5.00pm 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. 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.

Employability

Graduates of the Workplace Health Management seek employment in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of similar 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. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills. The OH team work very closely with the employability services of the University in order to assist you in gaining employment within the 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.

Visit the Workplace Health Management - Grad Cert page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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