Occupational Health is a distinct area within Public Health, concerned with keeping people well at work, both physically and mentally.

The role can include:

  • carrying out pre-employment medicals
  • assessing and treating employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • providing counselling and support to workers
  • giving health education and advice
  • advising on health and safety issues
  • giving sickness absence advice
  • carrying out risk assessments
  • maintaining and analysing employee health records and statistics
  • developing and managing emergency procedures.

Nurses may also carry out vaccinations, such as the flu jab, and take blood samples.

Catherine Kelsey and Lucy Lefley have written a blog for the QNI about their work in Occupational Health.

Find out more about the work of Occupational Health Nurses by visiting the National Careers Service website.

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