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HLTH6050 Occupational health care

Module Overview

This module aims to provide theoretical frameworks that will enable you to analyse and evaluate; promote and protect health and wellbeing for individuals and groups in the work based population.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise knowledge of the social and psychological processes of occupation throughout the life continuum
  • Critically debate the rationale of assessment tools and strategies to assess the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in the work place
  • Critically appraise the purpose of procedures and pharmacological interventions, where relevant, in occupational health nursing, providing information and taking account of individual health and wellbeing needs and preferences
  • Reflect insightfully in a way that focuses on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and to help them make informed choices about pharmacological, psychological and physical treatments
  • Critically analyse and debate the purpose of safeguarding health and well-being in the workplace


• Theory and practice underpinning effective consultations in occupational health • Recognition, investigation and management of work related illness • Health and safety legislation • Risk assessment • Communication and interpersonal skills to effect behavioural change • Promoting personal control and responsibility for change – self-examination breast; testicles • Public health knowledge and research • National guidelines for health and safety at work • Screening and surveillance programmes • Public Health England role and function • Health and Safety Executive role and function

Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which you are studying to attain (i.e. school nurse, health visitor). You will also be working with a variety of practitioner roles contributing to public health improvement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Independent Study170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. 

Suggested reading will be available for each taught session but you will be expected to select and access additional, appropriate reading to supplement your learning.. 

Public Health England.

The Marmot Review (2010). Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of health Inequalities in England post 2010. 

Health and Safety Executive.

Lewis, J and Thornbury, G (2010).  Employment Law and Occupational Health: A Practical Handbook. 

Naidoo, J. and Wills, J (2009). Foundations for Health Promotion (Public Health and Health Promotion).. 

Egan, G. (2009). The Skilled Helper, International Edition. 

Thornbury, G (2014). Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing Practice: A Guide For Practitioners. 

Oakley, K (2008). Occupational Health Nursing. 


Assessment Strategy

Any evidence of unsafe practice or attitudes in any component of the summative assessment will result in automatic referral”. If you are registered with the NMC or HCPC breaches of Academic Integrity* may result in your employer being notified if there is concern that your professional code of conduct is not of the expected standard. * Academic Integrity describes acting with honesty and responsibility in one’s own Academic Work, i.e. work undertaken for formative and summative assessments (this includes written work, placement assessment and non-written work, e.g. presentations). Include details of the proportion and weighting of coursework as well as the number, type and duration of examination(s). You must specify which element will be taken as the final assessment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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