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NHS Health at Work January bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_PattaniDear Colleagues

Wishing you all a happy New Year!

I would like to thank you all for your continued membership and support over the last year, which has enabled the Network to develop and raise the profile of NHS OH services at a national level. A sign of our growing influence was demonstrated by the fact that the Network was mentioned in the Government’s response to the Green Paper published in November 2017. This specifically opens the door for our NHS Network members to work closely with the Government’s Work and Health Joint Unit to test out whether NHS OH Services could be extended to other NHS patients as part of the care pathway.

2018 promises to be an exciting year, and the Network will build upon our strategy to develop and form closer links with the ‘decision makers’ to open up new opportunities for our members.

Towards the end of 2017 the Network was approached by Public Health England for our advice and support in managing the shortage of Hepatitis B vaccination and more recently to help devise a priority list to manage the initial demand when vaccination supplies are replenished, which is expected to happen very shortly. This guidance from PHE should be available shortly and will be disseminated to members. There has also been a rise in measles among healthcare workers and PHE have approached the Network to raise their concerns and produced some guidance, with the link available in the bulletin below.

During 2017 the Network Board welcomed some new members. Personally, taking on the position of Chair has been a sharp but enjoyable learning curve! I have been very impressed by the hard work and the contribution of the Board Members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment.

Finally, it’s time to renew your Network membership for 2018 and I hope that the Network will continue to receive your support, as without you there is no Network! We are delighted to offer an excellent membership benefits package yet again this year, with a free 24-hour delegate place for our highly rated annual conference in September; free access to the MoHaWK online clinical benchmarking tool to support your quality improvement, audit and SEQOHS accreditation; discounted rates for numerous events and courses; opportunities to bid for ground-breaking pilots with the Government’s Joint Work and Health Unit; and of course full access to our website materials and the monthly bulletin. The membership renewal forms will be landing on your desks later this month, and we look forward to your continued support.

Wishing you all a successful 2018!

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair 

The next edition will be circulated on 7th February.

In this edition:

1. Network membership renewals
2. Measles
3. CQUIN flu targets
4. MoHaWK
5. National School of OH – Winter newsletter
6. Certificate in Managing Occupational Health Services
7. Health and Wellbeing at Work conference – March 2018
8. Network ‘Ask a question’
9. Flu fighter update

1. Network membership renewals

We will soon be starting the membership renewal process so look out for your invitation to renew.

The Network provides a number of benefits to its members. Key amongst these is that by representing the majority of NHS OH teams we can work with national bodies to influence the future of occupational health. In 2017/18 we have worked alongside NHS England, DH/DWP, FOM, SOM, PHE, SEQOHS, The Council for Work and Health, and NHS Employers and will continue to represent your views at a strategic level.

Our website and monthly bulletin provides an opportunity to share best practice and network with other OH teams via our ‘Ask a Question’ facility. It is also a portal for small businesses to find OH support via our provider search, which has recently been updated and improved. Network members can join 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.

Network members have free access to MoHaWK, the on line clinical benchmarking system for OH. MoHaWK is constantly evolving to increase its contribution to service improvement and audit.

Each Network member also receives a free place at our highly regarded annual conference (to be held on 12/13th September in 2018) for a member of their team. During the year we seek to offer discounts on skills training (audiometry and legal training) and other conferences.

The renewal fee for 2018/19 will be £670 for the early bird rate, which is available up to the end of April 2018 (compared to £870 full rate). Your invitation to renew will be with you by the end of January but if you have any queries please contact

2. Measles

Public Health England has highlighted an increase in the number of reported measles cases in the UK, following significant outbreaks in Europe. New guidance has been issued with links to a number of free resources.

3. CQUIN flu targets

You will all be aware of NHS England’s directive requiring all Trusts to record the reasons why some staff have opted out of the flu programme. NHS Employers have been collecting your views on what is achievable this year, how the 2018/19 mandate should look and the most sensible way to gather this information next season. This information will be collated and sent over to NHS England this month, for when they start reviewing next year’s CQUIN. If you wish to add to this discussion please contact
This issue was also discussed at our December Board meeting and Board members expressed concerns about the timing of this new directive and its likely impact on future uptake of the vaccine. Dr Shriti Pattani, the Network Chair, is writing an open letter to NHS England's Emergency Care Director. 

4. MoHaWK – Round 12

As you start to get back in the swing of normality after the festive season – please remember to submit your data into Round 12. It’s important as we commence a new year to think about the quality of our service and the MoHaWK tool will help you to identify the areas you may want to concentrate on this year.

Don't forget that the new electronic record keeping section is available - this may be helpful for those of you who are preparing for your SEQOHS accreditation. 

The briefing note is available here and the site will remain open until the end of January.  Please do make contact if you have any queries -

5. National School of OH – Winter newsletter

The Winter newsletter from the NSOH is available here. This includes details of the annual conference, ‘Sleep tight, work bright’, which will take place on 6th February. It also announces that Professor John Harrison, will step down as Head of the School in March 2018. John has had a long association with the Network and we take this opportunity to wish him well for the future.

6. Member discount - Certificate in Managing Occupational Health Services

26 - 28 Feb 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 Managing Occupational Health Services. This three-day Certificate programme is designed to equip you with the essential management tools to deliver a successful occupational health service.

More information is available here

7. Health and Wellbeing at Work conference – 6/7th March 2018

A reminder that you can now book to attend this conference, which is supported by the Network. All the programme details and how to book are available on their website.

8. Network ‘Ask a question’

We sent out 3 new queries in December, asking for job descriptions for mental health practitioners, recommendations for legal training around contracts and potential working restrictions for staff who declined the flu vaccine. To respond to any of these or to check out the answers received, see our webpage.

9. Flu fighter update

November vaccination uptake figures released 
The second lot of figures for flu vaccination uptake have been released by Public Health England and show even more improvements. The overall uptake at this point is 59.3 per cent which is a 3.7 per cent increase on this time last year.

Flu shop – new flu merchandise available
Some of our flu merchandise has had a revamp and there’s new colourful lanyards and mugs available. You can order yours at the flu shop now!

Improving your flu fighter campaign workshop dates
We now have dates booked in for the improving your flu fighter workshops which will be held in Leeds and London. The Leeds workshop will be held on 27 February 2018 and the London workshop will be held on 1 March 2018, both from 10am to 4pm. These workshops are a great way to learn from other flu leads. Registration is now open and spaces are limited so don’t delay in booking your place!  

Flu in the news
You may have seen some stories in the news about flu this week. Public Health England has said that as expected at this time of year, flu levels have increased and that we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu. Our flu fighter campaigns are particularly important in helping to remind staff that the flu vaccine is the best defence we have against flu, and that it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Remember, our Why it matters webpage provides lots of information on flu and the vaccine.

Monthly reward winner
Congratulations to Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust for winning last month’s monthly reward competition! This is their winning entry.

This month’s theme is the New Year so do start thinking of ways to capture how you will be fighting flu in the New Year. As usual, there are prizes up for grabs, you just need to post your photo between the 15 and 31 January on Twitter using #flufightercontest.

Mythbusting moments of 2017
You may have noticed our summary of mythbusters from 2017. Please share this and look out for more myths in 2018. Don't forget to use #flumythbustermondays when busting those myths!

If you have any queries please contact or call the flu fighter hotline on 0844 334 5252.


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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