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Occupational health nurse

Alternative titles for this job include

Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.

Average salary (a year)

£27,055 Starter

to

£47,672 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become an occupational health nurse

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by working towards this role.

Apprenticeship

If you're a qualified registered nurse or midwife, you might be able to do a specialist community public health nurse degree apprenticeship.

This usually takes a year and 6 months to complete and is a mix of learning at work and academic study at an accredited university.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • to be a registered nurse

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Work

You can apply to become an occupational health nurse if you're already a registered nurse and have the support of your employer.

You'll need to do an approved programme in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Occupational Health Nursing (SCPHN - OHN).

There's usually no minimum amount of post-registration experience needed. However entry requirements can vary between universities who offer the programme.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about how to become an occupational health nurse from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and nursing
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • carry out pre-employment medical checks
  • assess and treat employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • provide counselling and support
  • give advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
  • carry out risk assessments and keep employee health records

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • move into management and lead a team of occupational health staff or run an occupational health centre
  • become a self-employed occupational health consultant
  • work for a private company
  • take extra qualifications and go into nurse education or research

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an occupational health nurse right now.

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Courses In England

Access to HE - Nursing

  • Provider: HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)
  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: Harrow

Access to Higher Education Nursing

  • Provider: EALING, HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 19 September 2023
  • Location: London

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