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

 

 

 

 

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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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