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Occupational health nurse

Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; on a rota

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Occupational health nurse jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you may :

  • carry out pre-employment medical checks
  • assess and treat employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • provide counselling and support
  • give advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
  • carry out risk assessments
  • manage employee health records and statistics
  • develop and manage emergency procedures

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
Apprenticeship

If you are a qualified registered nurse or midwife you may be able to do a specialist community public health nurse (Master's) degree apprenticeship.

This typically takes 18 months to complete as a mix of 50 percent workplace learning and 50 percent academic study at an accredited university.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • to be a registered nurse
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Work

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 (SCPHN - OHN).

The entry requirements vary between universities offering the programme, but usually have no minimum period of post-registration experience.

The SCPHN qualification can also be used for the health visiting or school nursing pathways.

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Further information

You can find out more about occupational health nursing from Health Careers.

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With experience, you could move into 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 education or research.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and nursing
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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