Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

• a Degree of 2:2 or above or

• successful study at postgraduate level

• a valid Level 1 registration on part 1 or part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register (defined area of practice apply)

• successful interview

After achieving the above your offer of a place on the course is subject to:

• support of an employing organisation who will facilitate your access to appropriate learning opportunities - normally you will have supernumerary status throughout the course of learning. Normally you will have supernumerary status throughout the course of learning

• a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process

• a satisfactory work-based risk assessment.

• a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (to be carried out by your employing organisation

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as an occupational health nurse and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities and the health needs of the working population, through development of expertise in hazard and risk assessment, health surveillance and protection, sickness absence management and public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to improving the health of the working population.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of the working population; the recognition of hazards and risks within the working environment, the application of health and safety legislation, health surveillance and sickness absence management skills within the workplace; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions also designing and managing a service evaluation.

Where you study

The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

Course structure

Core modules

· Advancing Health and Safety in the Work Environment

· Advancing Occupational Health Practice

· Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice

· Advancing Public Health

· Contemporary Issues in Public Health

· Designing Research Projects

· Evidence-based Practice

· Evaluating Practice

· Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Work placement

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health) and are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after SCPHN (OH) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to work as an occupational health nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of improving health within a wide range of workplace settings.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384110