New occupational health and wellbeing opportunities

NHS England is seeking to invest in the multi-professional occupational health and wellbeing NHS community.

28 June 2022

As part of the Growing Occupational Health and Wellbeing (OHWB) Together strategy, NHS England is seeking to invest in the multi-professional OHWB community through a range of development courses and qualifications, and to further support NHS healthcare professionals interested in a career in occupational health.

There are several professional OHWB courses and qualifications currently in development and these are focusing on:

  • Skills needs analysis: leadership-related workshops for all NHS OHWB professionals - NHS England is exploring the opportunity to facilitate short (one to three hours) leadership development workshops on needs-driven topics to enable all NHS OHWB professionals to pick and mix from a variety of development opportunities relevant to your individual needs. By completing the short needs analysis survey, you can help to influence the workshop topics that would benefit you.
  • Nurses: Diploma in Occupational Health Practice - the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) has launched a new diploma in occupational health practice, which aims to develop the skills of registered healthcare professionals. It is designed to enable nursing professionals to move into and practice in occupational health services and help those already working in occupational health to progress their career. You can register your interest in this programme.
  • Physicians: Diploma in Occupational Medicine - the two-week intensive course is designed to support doctors to practice in occupational medicine. This foundation-level diploma demonstrates a competence appropriate to a generalist working in occupational health and prepares candidates for the written and oral examinations based on a portfolio. At the end of the course, participants should satisfy all the requirements of the Faculty’s Diploma Core Syllabus. You can register your interest.
  • Managers: Certificate in Managing Occupational Health Services - this is a three-day certificate programme designed to equip managers of occupational health and wellbeing services with the essential management tools to deliver a successful service. The programme builds on professional training, and develops the additional skills needed to function effectively in the working environment.

If you were unable to attend the launch event you can access the recording via YouTube.

NHS England would also like to hear feedback on the launch of the strategy and how it may help you in your role/organisation, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

The strategy will be available on the NHS England website shortly, and in the meantime a virtual goody bag of resources is now available, including:

Further information on Growing Occupational Health and Wellbeing Together is available from the NHS Health At Work Network.