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Association and representation
Occupational health in the NHS needs to be recognised and valued. As a community of occupational health providers to the NHS, we have the opportunity to influence national policy and lobby on behalf of the occupational health community in the field of health and work.
Only by demonstrating the benefits that we bring at a national level, and with commissioners of services, are we able to make the case for the policies and investment that are needed. The NHS Health at Work Network provides that voice and influence at a national level and and is seen as to ‘go-to’ organisation for comment on NHS OH matters.
The critical role of occupational health is recognised within the 2014 NHS Five Year Forward View and the Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability will impact on the future delivery of OH services. The Network will contribute to this discussion and will be ready to help implement the outcomes of the consultation.
We have good working relationships with key organisations such as NHS England, Public Health England, SEQOHS, NHS Employers, FOM, SOM, the Council for Work and Health, ANHOPS, the National School of OH and the Faculty of OH Nursing.
We will continue to promote the business and clinical case for NHS occupational health services and support the development of OH specific education.
Sharing information, expertise and best practice
Association also brings benefits in terms of advance knowledge of policy changes and members are briefed on these changes through the monthly e-bulletin and web site. The Network Chair briefs members on developments through a personal message each month in the e-bulletin [see below].
Occupational health is changing. There is more focus on the management of long term conditions for people at work, greater links with public health and a move towards employee health and wellbeing programmes. Increasingly we are being asked to develop the services we provide and our ways of working.
The Network will continue to assist members with this evolving agenda by proactively sharing information and best practice.
Visibility to potential customers
The Network website is continually used by commissioners who are seeking occupational health providers. A search mechanism enables commissioners to search Network members, find their local service provider and make contact.
Currently the Network website receives around 12,000 unique visitors per month.
A free place at the acclaimed Network annual conference
The only national conference run by and focusing on NHS occupational health – the 2019 conference will be held on 4th and 5th September at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Full and Associate members organisations will be entitled to one free place and will be able to purchase additional discounted full and day delegate places at the conference with their membership or later in the year.
Membership of the National Occupational Health Clinical benchmarking tool MoHaWK
The online clinical benchmarking tool helps raise standards of health services at work and supports clinical audit. The system allows anyone to see how the overall performance of health at work services is improving. It allows individual units to benchmark their own performance with other units and share their work to help each other improve. Occupational health units measure and input data once every six months in July and January.
The system was founded on a core of evidence-based indicators of clinical performance that are linked to the outcome of care for patients attending occupational health units. These are augmented by other measures that provide a fuller picture of the service provided by occupational health units. The approach is a dynamic system that will change as new requirements emerge and new research enables the development of additional evidence-based performance indicators.
MoHaWK is managed by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. All Network members will have access to MoHaWK as part of their Network membership package
Monthly briefings on the latest developments within the fast moving world of NHS Health and Wellbeing
Our members value the monthly briefing. The monthly e-bulletin enables members to keep up to date on new developments and opportunities in OH policy. Each issue of the bulletin opens with a message from the Network Chair.
Access to the members’ resource area of the Network website
Access to information and resources to help members do their job more effectively.
Clinical skills update training
Regular clinical updates are critical to assure clinical competence and help meet the challenging requirements of SEQOHS and NHSLA. The NHS Health at Work Network has negotiated a benefit with Stephen Karmy from SJK Scientifics and Legal Experience Training, which offers discounts only available to Network members.
SJK Scientifics offer a package delivered in your training facility, of a tailored one-day audiometry update course at a cost of £1,000 for up to 6 participants, £1400 for up to 9 delegates and £1800 for up to 12 delegates. This equates to a saving of at least 30% on the public open course delegate cost.
Members can organise courses and offer spare places to other health professionals and neighbouring services.
Legal skills training
Legal Experience Training (LET) Ltd offers programmes in Essential Legal Skills Training for OH Professionals and The Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence. LET Ltd are offering Network members a discount of 5% on all training programmes. Further details are available here and courses are advertised in the bulletin.