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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 Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability. The Network contributes 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 and NHS Improvement, Public Health England, SEQOHS, NHS Employers, FOM, SOM, the Council for Work and Health, 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.
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 for elgible Network members, find their local service provider and make contact.
Currently the Network website receives around 13,000 unique visitors per month.
A Place at the Acclaimed Network Annual Conference
The only national conference run by and focusing on NHS occupational health. Members subscribing to our Level 3 Membership Package receive a free place at our two-day conference event.
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
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.
Access to the Members’ Resource Area of the Network website
Access to information and resources to help members do their job more effectively.
Discounts for Training and Events
The Network works hard to negotiate discounts for training courses and events. We are proud of our association with the At Work Partnership and Network Members benefit form a £200 discount + VAT for their excellent three day course - Certificate in Managing OH Services. Keep your eye on our newsletter for their next scheduled course.