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NQCG3102 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Skills for Occupational Care Practice

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:

  • Critically analyse the social and psychological processes of occupation throughout the life continuum
  • Critically appraise a range of assessment tools and strategies to assess the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in the work place
  • Critically appraise the use of procedures and pharmacological interventions, where relevant, in occupational health nursing, providing information and taking account of individual health and wellbeing needs and preferences
  • Critically reflect on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and to help them make informed choices regarding their health and well being needs
  • Critically analyse 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 • 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

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.

Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Health Protection Agency.

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

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. 

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

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

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

Oakley, K. (2008). Occupational Health Nursing. 

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.

Health and Safety Executive.

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 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:

Tuition Fees

Students are usually seconded on their full wage, tutorial fees are paid by either Health Education Wessex or by the students employer (£8500/student). Options for self-funding are available.

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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