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NHS Health at Work April bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_Pattani

Dear Colleagues

The first board meeting of this year was held on the 15th March. We received a presentation on the progress made in the North East of England on streamlining, and details of a workshop being held on 20th April. These are included in the bulletin. 
Mr Darren Bird, Policy Manager, responsible for Occupational Health at the Joint Work and Health Unit, presented on the latest development on the Health, Work and Disability Green Paper. He explained that more work is required to map out the range and provision of OH services across the country. He confirmed that there would be pilots arising from the Green Paper and we expressed the Network’s interest in considering any opportunities. 
The business plan was also discussed and finalised and is now available on the Network site. Part A will be fleshed out further and available at a later date. 
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine are updating their Ethics Book, due for publication later this year and it will take into account the requirements of the GDPR coming into force next month. 
A reminder to renew your Network membership and get the early bird discount!

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair 

The next edition will be circulated on 2nd May.

In this edition:

1. Network membership renewals
2. MoHaWK
3. Preparing for the GDPR workshop - £25 voucher for Network members for future conferences
4. Network Member discount – Essential Legal Skills for OH Professionals
5. Network Member discount (£200 plus VAT) - Certificate in OH Case Management
6. Streamlining workshop – Friday 20th April
7. Occupational Health 2018
8. Why invest in an occupational medicine trainee
9. Workplace Health Expert Committee – closing date for applications 12th April
10. International Practitioner Health Summit 2018 – The Wounded Healer
11. Shift worker guidance
12. Remploy disability guide
13. NICE ‘stop smoking’ guidance
14. CIPD neurodiversity guidance
15. Council for Work and Health
16. Flu fighter update
17. NHS Employers Health and Wellbeing update

1. Network membership renewals

Just a few weeks left to take advantage of the early bird membership offer of £670 (instead of the full rate of £870). Email to confirm your intention to renew (or join) before 30th April to qualify.

Network membership benefits include:

  • National representation at a strategic level
  • A free place at our highly regarded annual conference (to be held on 12/13th September in 2018) for a member of their team
  • Access to MoHaWK, the on line clinical benchmarking system for OH
  • Monthly bulletin provides an opportunity to share best practice and network with other OH teams via our ‘Ask a Question’ facility
  • A shop window via our website provider search for businesses seeking OH support
  • Membership of the Network trading group at no extra cost. Group members have the opportunity to co-ordinate and submit bids, delivering substantial national and regional commercial contracts for large corporate organisations and government departments.
  • Discounts on skills training and other courses and conferences

Membership is available to all NHS OH teams in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. If you are not currently a member but are interested in joining us please get in touch for more information.

2. MoHaWK

Don’t forget to pull your Round 12 reports so you can see whether there are areas of improvements that you need to make within your service.

In addition, this is a good time to start preparing for Round 13. Why not look at the briefing notes from round 12 and see if there are any areas that you want to consider capturing data for. Do get in touch with if you need any assistance.

Dissertation Survey

MoHaWK subscribers will have received an invitation to take part in a dissertation survey titled “Is MoHaWK benchmarking valued by OH services in the UK?” This is an opportunity for stakeholder organisations to participate in research which aims to shape the future direction of MoHaWK.

The survey is distributed via the MoHaWK organisation and all responses are anonymous. The results of the survey will contribute towards a Masters dissertation as well as towards specialist MFOM qualification for Dr Chami Rathmalgoda, currently a specialist registrar.

Your support is much appreciated, please ensure only one response is given per organisation and if you have any further questions please contact Dr Rathmalgoda on

3. Preparing for the GDPR - £25 voucher for Network members for future conferences

Monday 23 April 2018 - Central London

Ensure your OH service is prepared for the GDPR with a new seminar from The At Work Partnership taking place in London on 23rd April 2018. The seminar is designed to provide OH professionals with practical advice on fulfilling their obligations under the new legislation. Speakers include Prof Diana Kloss, Dr Steve Boorman and Nick Hanning. The seminar is chaired by Dr John Ballard.
More information can be found here

The At Work Partnership will be pleased to offer NHS Network members booking this event a £25 + VAT voucher which can be redeemed against a future conference booking made for an At Work Partnership event in the next 12 months. To take advantage of this offer, please email us to claim your voucher after making your booking.

4. Network Member discount – Essential Legal Skills for OH Professionals

Legal Experience Training offer 5% off their Essential Legal Skills for Occupational Health Professionals course fees for NHS Health At Work Network members, and their next course will run on the 17 and 18 May 2018 in London. In addition, on booking places, there is a discount of 15% off each course place available, when 2 or more colleagues book and pay together. Further information is available here.

5. Network Member discount (£200 plus VAT) - Certificate in OH Case Management

6-8 June 2018, Central London

The At Work Partnership is delighted to offer NHS Health at Work Network members a discount of £200 + VAT for places on our 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. 

Book and pay by 20 April 2018 to qualify for our early bird rates.
More information is available here

6. Streamlining workshop – Friday 20th April

The North East of England OH work stream is hosting a streamlining workshop in Leeds on Friday 20th April 2018. The purpose of this session is to share the streamlining achievements of OH colleagues in the North East with NHS OH colleagues then discuss the proposed national commissioned work piece specific to OH clinical consistency. The production of such standards would support a key streamlining objective of eliminating variation both between and within our regions.

The aim of any commissioned work would be to produce:

  • A set of fully endorsed national vaccinations and immunisation processes
  • A defined and endorsed minimum data set to enable OH clearance
  • How national challenges will be addressed
  • A clear national consultation / implementation plan of action

There has been discussion with the NHS Health at Work Network whether it is feasible to produce this work, given the different levels of progress that have been made around the country on this matter.  We therefore wish to engage further, with regions encouraged to nominate a point of contact and OH representatives to attend this session. We suggest 5 representatives per region.

To register your interest in attending the workshop or for further information please contact Sarah Kilner, NE Streamlining Programme Manager –

7. Occupational Health 2018

Early bird registration is now open for the upcoming Occupational Health 2018 conference. The multidisciplinary event of the year, run jointly by the Society and Faculty of Occupational Medicine, will be coming to London’s Regent’s University from 25th–27th June.

The conference boasts an excellent lineup of expert speakers, including Dame Carol Black, Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor Gina Radford, Professor Diana Kloss MBE and Professor Craig Jackson.  This year’s programme is the most multidisciplinary yet, with speakers from across occupational health and beyond:

Alongside these big names are sessions covering ethical practice, menopause, shift work, respiratory disease, fitness to drive and much more. The conference also boasts a hands-on HAVS masterclass led by Drs Jon Poole, Ian Lawson and Roger Cooke, where delegates will have the opportunity to develop their skills in a practical setting.

Beyond the main programme, there are unique workplace visits to Transport for London (TfL) sites across the city, social events and networking opportunities, a Buddy Scheme for first-time attendees, the annual conference Gala Dinner and Dance - this year in the heart of London Zoo - and intimate ‘meet the expert’ sessions.

Early bird registration, alongside special rates for nurses, physiotherapists, trainees and students, is open now. Register before 15th May to secure your place at the best price.

Full details of the programme, venue and recommended accommodation are available on the OH 2018 website.

8. Why invest in an occupational medicine trainee?

The Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine have produced a leaflet identifying the benefits of providing training place in occupational medicine. A copy is available here.

9. Workplace Health Expert Committee

The Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) is a scientific committee that provides independent expert opinion to HSE on workplace health issues.
HSE is seeking to appoint additional members who have expertise on workplace health – for example social and behavioural science; epidemiology; occupational hygiene; occupational medicine; and health risk assessment. Details of how to apply are available here and the closing date is 12th April.

10. International Practitioner Health Summit 2018 – The Wounded Healer

This 10 Year Anniversary Conference of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme will bring together the academic, clinical and experiential aspects of physician and practitioner health with a focus on mental health. It is aimed at doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health practitioners, dentists, counsellors and researchers in the field of practitioner health.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in drop in question time sessions, experiential learning and group work. A choice of multiple streams will cover topics such as: addiction, treatment models for mental health problems, promoting resilience, wounded medical students, and many others. Full details are available here.

11. Shift worker guidance

NHS Employers’ Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group has published new guidance and an infographic around shift work. A copy is available here.

12. Remploy disability guide

Remploy has launched a Disability Guide providing practical advice for employers on supporting people with disabilities and long-term health conditions in the workplace.

13. NICE ‘stop smoking’ guidance

NICE has just released new guidance on stop smoking interventions and services. A copy is available here.

14. CIPD neurodiversity guidance

Neurodiversity at work’ has been issued by the CIPD. The guide aims to raise awareness among employers of neurodiversity in the workplace and to inspire more employers to take action to create more inclusive workplaces where neurodivergent individuals can thrive.

15. Council for Work and Health

Professor Diana Kloss, who has chaired the Council since its inception until early this year, has been appointed as honorary President in recognition of her outstanding contribution. Dr Steve Boorman has now taken over as the new Chair.

16. Flu fighter update

February uptake figures released
The February flu figures have been released by Public Health England and show an uptake of 68.7 per cent. This is an amazing result and means around 85,000 more frontline health care workers have been vaccinated this year compared to last year!

Flu fighter conference
The flu fighter conference is filling up fast so make sure to reserve your place. The conference takes place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday 24 April from 10am to 4pm. You’ll get the chance to hear from experts, take part in workshops and get opportunities to share ideas, challenges and best practice.

17. NHS Employers Health and Wellbeing update

The first annual health and wellbeing conference, focusing on mental wellbeing, took place on Thursday 15th March with 120 health and wellbeing leads from across the NHS in attendance to talk mental health. 93% of attendees felt that they could go back to their organisation with a better understanding of staff health and wellbeing. More information and a copy of the slides are available here.

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.

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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
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator 

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

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