Diane Romano-Woodward became interested in Occupational Health in the mid1980s when acting as a Safety Representative for the Royal College of Nursing. At this time she worked in Operating Theatres and this led to and interest in Hand Dermatitis and Latex Allergy which was just becoming an issue. She undertook a Master of Medical Science at the University of Birmingham in 1996 where her dissertation was on the prevalence of skin problems in operating theatre and oncology ward nurses. She became SCPHN by migration by portfolio. In 2015 she was made a Queen’s Nurse
She pursued a variety of experiences in the public and private sectors, and worked as an in-house OH Advisor and within large OH Providers. For the past 10 years she has worked as an independent practitioner
Diane took part in BOHRF evidence reviews for Occupational Asthma in 2004 and Occupational Dermatitis in 2010. In 2012 she contributed to the RCN’s “Tools of the Trade” guidance document on the use of examination gloves. In the last 10 years she has developed a reputation for writing practical guidance in the Occupational Health and Wellbeing magazine and has also contributed to the AOHNP book “Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing – a guide for practitioners” published in 2013 and revised in 2017. She is an Administrator for the UK Occupational Health Practitioners Facebook Page which has 3000 members.