The Government's chief nurse Sarah Mullally has called for OH nurses to take an active role in the developing public health agenda.
"Occupational health nurses need a vision of how to work in new ways and to recognise changes in work in society," she told OH managers at a launch of guidance on audit.
"OH nurses are critical to the Government's work on public health," she added. "I would look to them to take a lead in assessing what is needed in the workplace."
A second discussion forum on the Government's public health policy strategy Making a Difference is planned by the leading groups of OH professionals next month.