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Hi Georgie

I have been watching this thread with interest as I have done an OH diploma,
degree, MSc and now in the 1st year of a PhD and though I'd throw my 2
pennies worth in. In my experience the OH diploma gave me a great grounding
in being able to do operational OH, it was similar to the OH certificate and
so quite practical, with placements etc and in my opinion was the best one
to prepare me for OH practice. The degree gave me a more academic basis on
which to practice, gave me skills in which to research info, think wider and
therefore helped with strategic work etc. It also enabled me to get jobs
which I would not have got if I hadn't been on part 3 of the NMC register -
this may well have changed with employers as there are now so many more good
degrees out there which are more appropriate to OH practice and are not NMC
accredited (they weren't around in my day). With the MSc I specialised in an
area which I felt passionate about and had a lot of interest - for me it was
occupational health psychology - and it was good to study a specific aspect
of OH in some depth, could just as easily be ergonomics, law etc.  The PhD
is in applied psychology and so I am just really extending my interest and
unusually I am doing this as a practitioner not an academic which I am
finding has huge benefits in the sort of practice led research I am wanting
to do.

 

So I guess in summary if I was in your position now I would check out just
how important it is to do an NMC accredited course for progress in career,
professional indemnity etc. If on balance it isn't that important then do
something that interests you and is associated with OH (rather than just
anything).

 

I hope that helps

Best regards

Karen 

 

 

 

 

From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Georgina Mastin
Sent: 10 June 2011 09:15
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [OCC-HEALTH] Dilema

 

Although the Warwick and Glamorgan diploma courses are not NMC accredited
but are both well recognised, i find myself wondering whether I need to go
on and do a SCPHN validated degree or whether to do a more general degree?

 

I am planning on staying in OH for the forseeable future but wonder if it is
really necessary or not??

 

Thoughts and opinions would be most welcome.

 

Georgie

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