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Exploring the awareness and attractiveness of Occupational Health (OH) careers: perspectives of trainee doctors, nurses, OH trainees, OH career leavers


This study aims to investigate levels of awareness and attractiveness of occupational health (OH) careers from the perspective of medical and nursing students, doctors and nurses working in any speciality, individuals on OH training courses and OH career leavers. We are interested in identifying factors that influence how individuals choose OH careers compared to other specialisms.

Rationale for the study

OH professionals support faster returns to work and prevent ill-health related job loss, but numbers of OH staff are falling. Policy makers are interested in how to attract healthcare students to this career pathway.




NIHR Policy Research Programme


This study consisted of: a rapid literature review, focus groups / interviews with undergraduate, postgraduate, OH trainees and career leavers.


A report (below, under Outputs tab) has been produced for the Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Work and Pensions.

Outputs and Impact

Apart from the Report (below), a journal article is to be produced. Findings should be of interest to policymakers considering options to assist recruitment to OH careers.

Project status: Completed