Core competencies for UK occupational health nurses: a Delphi study

Lalloo, D., Demou, E. , Kiran, S. , Gaffney, M., Stevenson, M. and Macdonald, E.B. (2016) Core competencies for UK occupational health nurses: a Delphi study. Occupational Medicine, 66(8), pp. 649-655. (doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqw089) (PMID:27492470) (PMCID:PMC5088609)

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Background: Occupational health nurses (OHNs) play a pivotal role in the delivery of occupational health (OH) services. Specific competency guidance has been developed in a number of countries, including the UK. While it is acknowledged that UK OHN practice has evolved in recent years, there has been no formal research to capture these developments to ensure that training and curricula remain up-to-date and reflect current practice. Aims: To identify current priorities among UK OHNs of the competencies required for OH practice. Methods: A modified Delphi study undertaken among representative OHN networks in the UK. This formed part of a larger study including UK and international occupational physicians. The study was conducted in two rounds using a questionnaire based on available guidance on training competencies for OH practice, the published literature, expert panel reviews and conference discussions. Results: Consensus among OHNs was high with 7 out of the 12 domains scoring 100% in rating. ‘Good clinical care’ was the principal domain ranked most important, followed by ‘general principles of assessment & management of occupational hazards to health’. ‘Research methods’ and ‘teaching & educational supervision’ were considered least important. Conclusions: This study has established UK OHNs’ current priorities on the competencies required for OH practice. The timing of this paper is opportune with the formal launch of the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing planned in 2018 and should inform the development of competency requirements as part of the Faculty’s goals for standard setting in OHN education and training.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacDonald, Professor Ewan and Gaffney, Mrs Mairi and Demou, Dr Evangelia and Lalloo, Professor Drushca and Kiran, Professor Sibel
Authors: Lalloo, D., Demou, E., Kiran, S., Gaffney, M., Stevenson, M., and Macdonald, E.B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Occupational Medicine
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-8405
Published Online:04 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Occupational Medicine 66(8):649-655
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620221MRC SPHSU/GU Transfer FellowshipsLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_PC_13027IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU