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NHS Health at Work May e-bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_PattaniDear Colleagues

Welcome to the May bulletin and my second month as Chair of the Network. I have been delighted by the number of invitations we have received to represent and promote the world of NHS Occupational Health nationally and to support the development of guidance relevant to our field of work. There appears to an interest at a national level in supporting us to demonstrate and quantify the value we add as OH services in the NHS. The network is considering ways in which we can gather the evidence to demonstrate our effectiveness to our employers. We will keep you informed of the progress.

This month’s bulletin covers some key guidance from UKAP and a consultation document on ionising radiation regulations which could affect our practice in the NHS setting. This will be confirmed once the final regulations are published.

A reminder to those who have yet to renew their membership.

Best wishes
Shriti Pattani

The next edition will be circulated on 7th June.

In this edition:
1. NHS Health at Work Network membership renewals
2. Yorkshire and Humber Network Board vacancy
3. MoHaWK
4. New UKAP guidance
5. Consultation on guidance for appointed doctors on the ionising radiations regulations (MS33)
6. NHS Employers Disability Summit
7. Event reminders
8. Network ‘ask a question’
9. Flu fighter – survey and conference
10. NHS Employers’ update
11. April/May 2017 Research Plus

1. NHS Health at Work Network membership renewals

Just a few members have not yet confirmed their membership renewals. If this includes your OH team then please contact by Friday 5th May to claim your discounted price of £650 (compared to the full price of £850). Among other benefits, this provides you with a free conference place (valued at £295) plus access to MoHaWK (valued at £475).

More importantly, by supporting the Network you ensure that NHS OH continues to have a strong presence and influence at a national level.

2. Yorkshire and Humber Network Board vacancy

We were sorry to receive Lizzie Wood’s resignation from her role as Yorkshire and Humber representative and are now seeking applications for a replacement. If you would be interested in becoming more involved in the Network and applying for this post, more information and an application form is available here, or contact

The closing date is Friday 2nd June 2017.

3. MoHaWK

It was great to see so many of you at the recent series of MoHaWK Regional Workshops. Following feedback at those events, the timings of MoHaWK 'Rounds' has been changed.

Round 11 will commence the new timetable and will consider data predominantly from the month of June (some indicators – eg. Hep B vaccination, have to have different timescales due to the need to consider the actions after the third dose). The data input month is July. Please plan now to undertake the indicators that are relevant to your service.

The briefing note for Round 11 is available here. Please do contact with any queries.

A number of people were unable to make the dates for the workshops and we are therefore considering running a further event in either London or Birmingham, if there is sufficient interest. The timing is yet to be decided but if you would be interested in principle in attending, then please email, stating which venue you would prefer.

4. New UKAP guidance

In April, UKAP published guidance on classifying emergency HCWs based on EPPs they may perform and the likelihood of them working in the exposure prone environment. This classification should be used as a guide only, for employers and occupational health to assess the risk of bleedback/iatrogenic transmission from an infected HCW to patient, based on their duties in the emergency care setting. This will facilitate HCW EPP clearance, as well as lookback investigations to identify at risk patients.

The publication is available online through the UKAP website.

5. Consultation on guidance for appointed doctors on the ionising radiations regulations (MS33)

As part of a programme of work to implement Directive 2013/59/EURATOM, HSE has reviewed and redrafted its guidance for Appointed Doctors on medical surveillance of classified workers under the Ionising Radiations Regulations.  This draft guidance is now out for consultation.  A letter from HSE’s Principal Medical Adviser containing further information about the consultation is available here along with the draft guidance.

Please pass to all relevant OH consultants, who are asked to comment. The closing date for responses is 26th May 2017.

6. NHS Employers Disability Summit

NHS Employers is holding a disability summit at Horizon Leeds conference venue on Friday 19th May. Since the last disability summit in May 2015 a lot has happened. This includes the proposed introduction of the mandatory workforce disability equality standard (WDES) in March 2018 and the ambition of the NHS and social sector to make real the idea of ‘disability being seen as an asset’. In addition, the green paper introduced in October 2016, which aims to halve the current employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people, and the ensuing activity by NHS England and NHS Employers to support employers in the NHS to recruit people with disabilities.

More information on the programme and how to book is available here.

7. Event reminders

British Nutrition Week will take place from 12-16 June 2017. It’s purpose is to provide a dedicated week in the year where the UK can come together to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, in order to encourage healthy living. The Week is an excellent opportunity to build on your organisation’s health initiatives.
To register and for more information and resources, visit the foodafactoflife website here.
Certificate in OH Case Management – 12-14 June 2017, Central London

Exclusive discount to NHS Health at Work Network members – saving £200
There are still a few places available for The At Work Partnership’s Certificate in OH Case Management. This highly regarded, practical three-day qualification is designed to train occupational health and other professionals in the theory and practice of case management skills – in order to improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes. 
NHS Health at Work network members can claim a discount of £200 + VAT. More information is available here.

Legal experience training - Network discount available

Legal Experience Training offer 5% off their Essential Legal Skills for Occupational Health Professionals course fees for NHS Health At Work Network members. Their next course will run on the 7 and 8 September 2017 in London.

In addition, on booking places, one of two additional discounts is also currently available. Legal Experience Training are offering a 15% discount on course fees when booking and payment is made before the 26 May 2017, or 15% off for each delegate, when two colleagues book together.

Further information and a booking form is available here.

8. Network ‘ask a question’

We had a question in April on the duration of appointments for immunisations and referrals etc.

To check out the answers or to provide more information on any previous questions, go to our webpage. If you would like to ‘ask a question’ then please email

9. Flu fighter – survey and conference

NHS Employers are conducting a survey to get your views on what’s worked well and what could be improved upon for the 2017/18 campaign.

Please complete the short survey for a chance to win flu fighter branded materials. The closing date is 14th May.

Flu fighter conference

The flu fighter conference will take place on 24 May 2017 at Horizon Leeds. Due to the high levels of interest, booking was limited to two delegates per NHS trust. However, from 1 May additional bookings can be made if space is available.

More information, including the agenda and booking form is available here.

10. NHS Employers’ update

Health and Wellbeing Network events

The next NHS Employers’ Health and Wellbeing Network events are on Monday 22nd May and Thursday 22nd June. The programme for the day includes an NHS Employers update, a workshop looking at MSKs, mental health and sickness absence, and ten-minute taster sessions sharing good practice in the NHS.

To book or for more information, please follow the links below:
22nd May, Friends House, London
22nd June, Horizon, Leeds

11. April/May 2017 Research Plus

The April/May 2017 edition is now available on the website

The NHS Health at Work Network brings together all OH teams providing health and wellbeing services to NHS OH staff.  It is dedicated to providing consistent, high quality health at work services to all NHS staff through collaborative working.

Members of OH teams in NHS Health at Work Network member organisations can receive the bulletin and access the restricted areas of the website as a membership benefit – if you are not sure of your login details email Please share this bulletin with colleagues and encourage them to register to receive it regularly. Non-Network members can also register to receive the monthly bulletin.

You can contact the Network through your regional representative or as shown below. Please get in touch if you have any queries or comments, if there is anything you would like to see in future issues of the bulletin, or if you have news to share.

Dr Shriti Pattani, Chair
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator or

Postal address: PO Box 642, BS23 9NG
Tel: 07584 269322

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