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NHS Health at Work February bulletin

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Dear Colleagues

I hope you have had a good start to the New Year. It has been a busy but informative start for the Network.

Many of you will have experienced the disruption to your flu vaccination programme following the advice from NHS Improvement last November requiring evidence of a personal offer of flu vaccination to all NHS staff as a part of the CQUIN. The more recent clarification in reference to ‘decliners’ is helpful.  However the Network is taking up the matter with NHS Improvement to avoid such issues in the future. I will keep you updated of the progress.

You will be aware that Syngentis is stopping trading at the end of February. The Network has worked very closely with Syngentis and I am pleased that Andrew and Wendy will continue to work with the Network beyond February. They are part of the Network fabric and I would like to thank them for all their support over the years and their ongoing commitment to the Network. MoHaWK is transferring to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, but will continue to be managed by Hilary and will remain an intergral part of our unique membership benefits package.

The GMC is reviewing their Gateways document and advice for Medical Schools and Deaneries about supporting students and doctors in training with long term conditions.  I am representing the Network on the GMC steering group. Again I will keep you informed of progress.

It is time to renew your membership. The Network represents you and your service and requires your support to be able to do so. Please take up the early bird offer!

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair 


The next edition will be circulated on 7th March.

In this edition:

1. Network membership renewals
2. Syngentis closure
3. MoHaWK
4. Member discount – Certificate in OH case management
5. HCP consensus statement on health and work
6. Bath Spa University research
7. Good occupational medical practice
8. Sleep and recovery toolkit
9. NICE guideline on Workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work
10. Flu fighter update
11. NHS Employers Health and Wellbeing update

1. Network membership renewals

Invitations to renew Network membership have been now been sent out to key contacts in each member organisation. If you have not received yours then please contact

If you are not currently a member but are interested in joining us please contact for more information. The Network provides a number of benefits to its members including:

  • 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

The membership fee for 2018/19 is £670 for the early bird rate, which is available up to the end of April 2018 (compared to £870 full rate).

2. Syngentis closure

Last week Syngentis announced that it will cease trading at the end of February. Syngentis, and formerly NHS Plus, has had a long association with the Network and developed MoHaWK, the on line clinical benchmarking tool. Syngentis Directors are keen to ensure the future of both of these successful enterprises and have confirmed that MoHaWK has been transferred to the FOM to sit alongside the SEQOHS scheme. Hilary Winch will continue to lead on MoHaWK on behalf of the FOM. Furthermore, Andrew Gilbey and Wendy Coleman, who currently provide Network management and administration support, will continue to work for the Network on a part-time, self-employed basis. Full details are available in a letter from Keith Johnston, Chair of Syngentis, which has been sent to all stakeholders.

3. MoHaWK - Last call for Round 12

It's been good to see services placing in their data for Round 12. The data entry period will be concluded on 10th February. If services need access to the system after that date then please contact me directly at

New home for MoHaWK
As has previously been mentioned, MoHaWK has recently been transferred to the FOM and will form part of the FOM's Quality Improvement Programme. As part of the transfer, we have successfully negotiated that NHS OH Network members will continue to have access to the tool. If you have any queries regarding the tool then please now direct these to my main work email address

These are exciting times for the MoHaWK tool and we will ensure that Network members continue to hear about developments through this bulletin.

4. Member discount – 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.

5. HCP consensus statement on health and work

The following documents have been circulated by PHE via the Council for Work and Health for comment:

If you would like to comment on the draft statement please send to by Wednesday 14th February.

6. Bath Spa University Research

Researchers from Bath Spa University are running a project into return to work interventions for chronic pain patients. They are interested in talking to people suffering with chronic pain to help us understand your perspective on return to work after a period of sickness absence and the processes in place to promote return to work. In addition, we are interested in experience of employees managing sick-leave for their employees, and in views from the occupational therapists’ and occupational health physicians’ perspective of the current UK return to work interventions for patients with chronic pain. If you are happy to take part in the study, please contact the study coordinator Paula Wegrzynek at, tel 01225 876675 to receive full study information.

You can also find out a little more about the study here.

7. Good occupational medical practice

The FOM has updated its publication ‘Good occupational medical practice’. To emphasise that occupational physicians share many obligations in common with other doctors, the original words and passages of Good Medical Practice are retained with extra commentary (where appropriate), written specifically by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, added in blue.

8. Sleep and recovery toolkit

Public Health England and Business in the Community have recently published the first ever sleep and recovery toolkit aimed at all employers which consolidates the best evidence, employer practice and aligned with the best freely available resources. 

The toolkit can be downloaded here.

9. NICE guideline on Workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work

The final scope and equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline have now been published. The final guidance is not expected until November 2019.

10. Flu fighter update

CQUIN requirements
NHS England has provided some clarity on the 2017/18 and 2018/19 CQUIN requirements in the below frequently asked questions (FAQs). This sets out what is expected of you, and makes it clear no additional record collection will be required in 2017/18.

CQUIN 2017-19 Indicator 1c - Improving the uptake of the flu vaccination for frontline clinical staff - FAQs

1. What are providers required to do for the 2017/18 CQUIN period?
Providers should aim to achieve an uptake of flu vaccinations by frontline clinical staff of 70 per cent by 28 February 2018. In 2017/18 no additional record collection will be required.

2. What data are providers required to collect for the 2017/18 CQUIN period?
Providers should submit monthly cumulative data on the number of staff vaccinated on the ImmForm website.

3. What are Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) required to do for the 2017/18 CQUIN period?
CCGs should allocate CQUIN payments based on the cumulative number of flu vaccinations administered from 1 September 2017 to 28 February 2018.

4. How will this process change for the 2018/19 CQUIN period?
The process for CQUIN 2018/19 is currently being finalised. CQUIN payment and data collection requirements will be updated to reflect any changes; details will be available when the CQUIN indicator specification is republished in early February 2018.

NHS England are finalising the 2018/19 CQUIN and are planning to republish the CQUIN indicator specification in February.

December’s vaccination uptake figures 

The figures for flu vaccination uptake have been released by Public Health England. The overall uptake at this point is 63.9 per cent which is 2.1 per cent higher than this time last year and already exceeds last year’s final figure which was 63.2 per cent.

Flu fighter awards and conference 
Registration for the conference and nominations for the awards are still open so don’t delay in booking your place and getting your entries in. The deadline for award entries is Friday 16 February.

Letter to health care workers regarding flu vaccinations

Last month the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England issued a letter urging all health care workers to get their vaccine if they haven't already. The letter provides clarity on the circulating strains of flu this year and the vaccine.

The letter and the clinical evidence can be found on our flu letters webpage for you to download and we recommend you share this within your organisation.

10. NHS Employers Health and Wellbeing update

New report 
What Works Centre for Wellbeing are an independent organisation set up to produce high quality evidence on what organisations can do to improve wellbeing. Their latest report provides an analysis on the NHS and illustrates the effect of good people management.

Download now to find out how to increase staff engagement, reduce sickness absence and improve patient satisfaction.

Conference on mental wellbeing for the NHS workforce – 15th March, Leeds

This one-day event will bring together health and wellbeing leads across the NHS in England as we focus on mental health. Attendance is free but there will be a £50 cancellation fee and all delegates must register to attend. More information is available here.

How are you feeling?
This toolkit helps staff consider their wellbeing and speak to colleagues more openly about emotional health. The online tool provides support whether you’re having a good day, on a go slow or feeling on the edge. Start using the tool now.

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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