Welcome to Our October 2020 Bulletin

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Dear Colleagues

It feels like déjà vu with pressure on our services to increase Covid swabbing capacity, Covid hotlines, running a 7 day service in addition to the flu campaigns. Test and track has added another layer and complexity to our workload. If you are looking to recruit support from outside your organisation have a look at the Dynamic Purchasing Framework on our Network site. The Framework was produced early in the pandemic jointly by NHSE/I and the Network.  Almost 30 SEQOHS accredited services are on the Framework so that you can buy in additional support if needed to supplement existing services without a tender exercises.

The NHS Covid-19 app Trace and was released last week. There is specific guidance for healthcare workers downloading the app which can be found here.  


Wishing you all a safe October.

Shriti Pattani



In this edition:

  1. Free Fitness Platform

2.  Covid-19 Testing Guidance for Employers

3.  Flexible and Temporary OH Staffing Support – the DPS Framework

4.  South West Network Board Rep

5.  MoHaWK

6.  Flu Vaccination Campaign – Comms Toolkit

7.  Network Board meeting – key messages

8.  Ask-A-Question

9.  Jobs

10. Useful Resources

The next edition will be circulated week commencing 1 November 2020.

1.    Free Fitness Platform

#DoingOurBit is a free fitness platform created by the West Midlands region, for the NHS - and is free forever!

#DoingOurBit invited personal trainers to ‘give back’ to hard-working NHS workers by creating dedicated, original fitness content to help keep NHS staff healthy. The launch group of 28 instructors pulled together over 40 workouts from relaxation and stretch sessions to low impact and body weight workouts right up to more energetic higher intensity routines.

The site and individual workouts are personalised to the NHS and the content is unique as each personal trainer has recorded their bespoke session for free, happy to ‘give back’ to the NHS they value so highly. All the workouts adhere to strict quality controls.

The link to the platform is available here.  To register you will need to use your NHS email address.

2.    Covid-19 Testing Guidance For Employers

The latest government guidance on Covid-19 testing for employers is available here.

3.    NHS England and NHS Improvement – Flexible and Available OH Staffing Support

Earlier this year, NHSE&I developed a Dynamic Purchasing Framework to support local OH teams quickly and easily buy-in in additional OH staffing resources.  A number of NHS organisations and Network Members have accessed this over the last few months and found it incredibly helpful in managing their workloads.  The Framework is available here.

4.    South West Region – a New Board Representative

We are delighted to announce that Alison James, Service Director for Working Well at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has succeeded Barry Lane as the South West region’s Network Board representative.  Alison replaces Barry Lane following his retirement.

5.    MoHaWK – Round 17 Remains Open Until December

Round 17 opened for data input on Wednesday 1st July.  The Faculty of Occupational Medicine recognises that many OH services have been under significant pressure or had significant disruption over the last few months due to COVID-19 and therefore there will be no ‘deadline’ to submit your data.  We will leave the Round open until December (just prior to Round 18 commencing) allowing you time to update as you are able.  It has been good to see that some Services have already inputted their data for this Round – but a reminder to those of you who still need to do this. We have not added any extra sections for this Round so you do not have to update any electronic reporting. 

The data collection for the majority of topics is the month of June and so you can gradually review the sections you want to complete and pull your data accordingly. You may wish to just focus on one or two indicators per month making the data collection more manageable.   

The briefing note for reference on the subject areas is attached. Please do get in contact if you have any queries with hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk

6.    Flu Vaccination Campaign – Communications Toolkit

Public Health England have launched their flu vaccination communication toolkit which includes some helpful marketing materials, best practice examples and Q&A.  You can access it here.

7.    Network Board

Your Network Board met in early September.  The key messages from the meeting are available here.

8.    Ask A Question

Check out the latest Q&As from the last month covering topics including FY Placements in OH and support for staff wearing wearing face masks.

9.    Jobs

Did you know Network Members can advertise their job vacancies for free on the Network website.  The latest vacancies can be seen here.

10. Useful Resources

OH & Covid

Your Network Chair, Dr Shriti Pattani’s OH and Covid webinar talk as part of a series of RCN talks and events is available here.

Undergraduate Health and Work Learning Frameworks

As part of the Work as a Health Outcome Programme, PHE commissioned the University of Kent to  develop  Health and Work Undergraduate Medical Curriculum slides . The background to this work lies within the Government’s national vision to reduce health-related worklessness and help individuals achieve their work and health potential, which it set out in its command paper Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability.

The aim of the undergraduate curriculum resources on Health and Work is to upskill the next generation of healthcare professionals and promote the integration of health and work conversations into routine clinical practice. Embedding health and work within basic training is fundamental to upskilling and shifting cultural norms in healthcare. 

Knowledge of the relationship between work and health, as well as its application in leading effective consultations with patients, is a requirement within medical education (as specified in the General Medical Council (GMC) 2018 Outcomes standards for medical graduates, which sets out what newly qualified doctors must know and be able to do). Medical schools have their own approaches to teaching and exercise autonomy in the delivery of their undergraduate curricula to meet GMC standards.

This new medical undergraduate resource provides adaptable content to support health and work education and can be incorporated flexibly into existing undergraduate curricula.

It also includes learning objectives and links to wider resources (for example the Work and Health e-learning modules for healthcare professionals) for both teachers and students. Medical schools can adapt the materials to meet their own needs.

The materials consist of 16 PowerPoint slide-sets (with notes included) and lecturer notes divided into three learning frameworks:

1.       Impact of work and worklessness on health

2.       Enabling patients to stay in and to return to work

3.       Working as an effective team member

Hands. Face. Space.

HM Government has launched Hands. Face. Space, a new campaign that urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. The spread of coronavirus, particularly in enclosed spaces is shown in a new film, produced with experts in the field, which highlights the risk in simple, everyday interactions.

NHS Learning Materials

In support of the NHS People Plan, check out the resources available for senior staff in healthcare in support of their leadership and life-long learning.


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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                                            chair@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager                       admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk  

Postal address: NHS Health at Work, PO Box 857, York YO31 6FR