Occupational nurse apprenticeship available from this year
- Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020
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In an exciting move to encourage employers to engage with occupational health services, the University of Derby are first to introduce a level 7 nursing degree qualification in occupational health. The new qualification will enable candidates to achieve a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing accreditation, that can be attained through the apprenticeship levy employers are currently paying.
What is Occupational Health?
Occupational Health practitioners are medically trained individuals, who diversified by topping up their qualification with an occupational element, meaning they can apply their knowledge of certain conditions on the workplace and advise how they may be impacted. A GP will tell you about the diagnosis and the treatment and prognosis of a condition. Occupational Health will tell you how and if the individual will be affected by their condition at work and if there is anything you could or should do to keep them fit and healthy.
How does it work?
- Baseline assessments
- When employees first start, asking them to complete a medical questionnaire establishes if there are any underlying conditions to consider or if the individual requires any reasonable adjustments at work. Occupational health advisors can either conduct face-to-face or telephone reviews or just review an in-depth questionnaire and feed the results back to the employer.
- Health reviews
- These can be provided as a preventative measure to ensure employees remain fit and healthy at work. The extent of the review will depend on the nature of the individual’s work but usually entails a weight and height check, blood pressure monitoring, a general health discussion, as well as a vision and audio screening. Employers receive a certificate declaring the individual fit for work, or a summary report if the review highlighted any issues.
- Health reviews are compulsory for certain professions so if you employ people who operate plant, heavy machinery, HGVs, work night shifts or handle hazardous substances, you will have to look into this further.
- Management referrals
- For employees who are displaying symptoms or are on sick leave, a personal appointment can provide guidance on how we can support individuals with health concerns or even if their work is still suitable in the light of their condition. You can turn a management referral into a case conference by inviting the affected employee for a meeting with occupational health and the leadership team / HR / their direct line manager. That way, everybody is on the same page and any worries or concerns can be discussed openly.
If you feel that your business could benefit from occupational health advice, SSG can help. Simply give our team a call to discuss your options.
Source: Manuela Grossmann