This module aims to equip you with the detailed knowledge and critical understanding that is required to undertake an effective new starter or pre-employment health assessment and judge fitness for work using pre-existing standards in the workplace.
The running of this module is dependent on there being sufficient numbers of interest.
This module can be studied as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Occupational Health or drawn into the BSc (Hons) Practice Development.
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This module will cover the statutory and non-statutory requirements for conducting new starter and pre-employment health assessments, including their methodologies, with a view to clinical decision making regarding a client's fitness to work. The Equality Act 2010 and Data Protection Act 1998 will be referred to, as will key Health and Safety Executive Regulations and Industrial Sector Specific Guidance documents. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the primary sources of research and the opportunities presented for improving your own practice.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the key concepts and principles of pre employment health assessment.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the statutory and non-statutory requirements for carrying out pre employment health assessment.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different methods of conducting pre employment health assessment, with reference to primary research and published guidance.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge, using critical evaluation, to a workplace scenario
Indicative core bibliography
- Aw, TC. Gardiner, K. Harrington, JM. (ed) (2007) Occupational Health. 5th Edition. Blackwell Science. Not in stock. Ebook available
- Kloss, D. (2010) Occupational Health Law. 5th edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell Ebook
- Lewis, J. & Thonbory G (2010) Employment law & occupational health: a practical handbook. 2nd edtion. London: Wiley-Blackwell Just 2006 edition. 2010 ebook available to buy
- Oakley, K. (2008) (ed) Occupational Health Nursing. 3rd edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd Just 1997 & 2002 editions in stock. Ebook available to buy
- Palmer, K.T, Cox, R.A.F. & Brown, I. (2007) Fitness for Work The Medical Aspects 4th Edition London: Faculty of Occupational Medicine 1 x C 1 x L
- Thornbory, G. (2009) (Ed) Public Health Nursing: A textbook for Health visitors, School Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2 x L
- Westerholme, P., Nilstun, T. & Ã˜vreteit, J. (2004) (eds) Practical Ethics in Occupational Health Oxford: Ratcliffe 1 x L 1 x C
- Whitaker S. Aw TC. (1995) Audit of Pre employment health assessment in the National Health Service. Jn Occup Med. 45:2 75-80 Journal
- Whitaker S. (1993) PEA: working towards standards of good practice in the NHS. Occupational Health Journal. London. Journal
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
This module has been planned in the light of the Royal College of Nursing (2011) Occupational Health Career and Competence Development Guidance, and Dame Carol Black's (2008) report Working for a Healthier Tomorrow. To be eligible to study this module, you must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award. Participation in the formative components of the module is required in order to pass the module.
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