So, you’re sold that Health and Social Care is the path for you. That’s great and all, but where on earth do you start...
- Make sure people in workplaces are cared for medically
- You'll need to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree first, then additional training
- Progress to lead a team or move into other health careers or management roles
As an occupational health nurse, you'll make sure that staff in the organisation you work for remain in good health.
- Carrying out pre-employment medical checks
- Assessing and treating employees who are injured or become ill at work
- Providing counselling and support
- Giving advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Managing employee health records and statistics
- Developing and managing emergency procedures
You'll work alone or as part of a team of health and safety experts. You might work in large organisation, like a hospital, local authority, airline or retail chain, or for a private consultancy firm used by smaller employers. Your working environment might be physically demanding.
For this role, you'll need knowledge of psychology, thoroughness and attention to detail, customer service skills, the ability to work well with others, the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure, sensitivity and understanding, and thinking and reasoning skills.
You'll need to be a registered nurse and have the support of your employer to apply for occupational health nursing posts. You'll take an approved programme in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Occupational Health Nursing. The entry requirements vary between universities offering the programme.
You'll need to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
With experience, you could progress to a management position, leading a team of occupational health staff or running an occupational health centre. You could become a self-employed occupational health consultant, work for a private company or take extra qualifications and go into nurse training.