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NHS Health at Work July-bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_PattaniDear Colleagues

Welcome to our July bulletin

The member’s survey has been sent to all Heads of Service. It takes 20 minutes to complete and the results will be really important in helping us to shape the Network's priorities for the next few years.

Following the consultation period on the Government's Green Paper on Health, Work and Disability, to which the Network responded, we await with interest the outcome from that consultation. We remain hopeful that there will be some opportunities for NHS occupational health teams to pilot new ways of working starting towards the end of the financial year.

In June the European Men’s Health Forum launched a project being undertaken by the RCN to support men with cancer to stay in work and return to work, including some guidance for employers. The final resource will be published later in 2017. 

Please do book your places for the conference on 13/14th September. Network members have a free place (per organisation) as a membership benefit but you do need to complete a booking form to confirm who will be attending. We also welcome non members to join us for the day on 14th.  I look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes
Shriti Pattani

The next edition will be circulated on 2nd August.

In this edition:

1. Network members’ survey
2. Network Annual Conference – 13/14th September 2017
3. Network Board appointment
4. Network Board vacancies
5. MoHaWK
6. Member Benefit - The At Work Partnership: Certificate in Occupational Health Law
7. Join the SOM Board
8. NSOH Spring newsletter
9. Apply now to become a Health and Work Champion
10. Health Foundation infographics
11. Reducing sugar
12. Network ‘ask a question’
13. Flu season approaches!

1. Network members’ survey

Our Network Member survey was sent out to our main contact for each member organisation on 27th June. The survey has questions about your organisation, your OH team, the services you provide, and your views and comments on the Network. It also includes a question about options for the Network subscription fee model for 2018/19, which we are reviewing due to a possible reduction in membership numbers resulting from mergers and alliances arising from STPs. The results of the survey will be used to inform our business plan for next year and priorities for the Network.

The closing date is Friday 21st July. We only require one response for each organisation but if you are concerned that your team has not received details then please contact to check.

2. Network Annual Conference – 13/14th September 2017

Time to book your free place (for Network members) at our annual conference at Chesford Grange, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire. This includes our AGM and conference dinner on Wednesday evening (13th), followed by the conference day on Thursday (14th). Additional full and day conference places can also be purchased.

If you are not a Network member you can still join us for the conference day on Thursday 14th September at a cost of £295.

Our conference programme is now confirmed with the following speakers and we are seeking CPD approval.

* Dr Paul Litchfield - Does Wellbeing Really Work?
* Professor Kim Burton - A BioPsychoSocial Approach to the Work-Health Interface
* Professor Diana Kloss MBE - Occupational Health and the Law: An update
* Dr Anne de Bono – Mainstreaming OH – a future vision
* Dr Blandina Blackburn – Neurodisabilities: Overview and Issues in the Workplace
* A speaker from Public Health England – Infectious Diseases and Surveillance in the NHS

Download your booking form here or contact if you have any queries.

3. Network Board appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Scott as the new regional representative for Yorkshire and Humber, replacing Lizzie Wood. Tracy is the Clinical Service Manager at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and is committed to supporting the region through a changing future. You can contact Tracy at

We thank Lizzie for her support for the Network over many years and wish her well for the future.

4. Network Board vacancies

South West – Beverley Griggs will shortly be standing down from the Board and we are now seeking a replacement. The role of the Board member is to liaise with Network members in their region, so that they can represent their views, and to support the activity of the Board. We have 4 Board meetings per year, 2 via teleconference, one at the annual conference and another face to face meeting at a central venue. Full details, including an application form, are available here. If you would like to discuss further please contact or The closing date is Friday 4th August.

London – We are also seeking a representative for the London area. Full details, including an application form, are available here. For further discussion please contact or The closing date is Friday 4th August.

5. MoHaWK – Round 11

Round 11 is live!

Round 11 opened on 1st July and will remain open for the whole month – there was overwhelming feedback at the workshops about the timing of the rounds and these have been deliberately changed to fit in with your requests – so no excuses . . . get some data in! Remember that you only have to input data that is relevant to your service or indicators that you are particularly interested in at present in your service.

MoHaWK contributes to your local audit programme and helps with continuous improvement in your service when you analyse the data that you input. There are no new indicators in this Round – but in the last few months we have been working on the local action plans so that reporting from this section can be accessed more easily. We are hopeful that this will be operational by the end of the month.

Any queries – contact

6. Member Benefit - The At Work Partnership: Certificate in Occupational Health Law

Part one: 27-29 September 2017
Part two: 14-15 November 2017
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 Occupational Health Law. This highly regarded, five-day qualification is designed to provide occupational health professionals with an in-depth understanding of OH law at work.

Book and pay by 15 August 2017 to qualify for the early bird rates.
More information is available here.

7. Join the Society of Occupational Medicine Board

The Society of Occupational Medicine is a national charity that supports occupational health and medicine through its members. As a result of a new constitution being passed in June 2017, Trustees wish to appoint three new Trustees who will support the new board, the Chief Executive and the President through ambitious, creative, independent, and informed thinking. Trustees should possess the following attributes:

  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Strategic vision, good, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively.
  • Integrity and a willingness to speak their mind and to listen to others points of view.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

The Board needs skills and experience from the commercial sector, finance, marketing and ideally also a user of occupational health services.

The Board will meet 4 times a year, usually in London, although there may also be occasions where decisions need to be made outside of Board Meetings, which will occur by e-mail. For a confidential discussion please contact Nick Pahl, CEO, at

8. NSOH Spring newsletter

The National School for Occupational Health published their Spring newsletter in June. A copy is available here.

9. Apply now to become a Health and Work Champion!

Recruiting up to 50 people across England. Closing date 31st July 2017

  • Would you like to take a key leadership role in your NHS organisation?
  • Could you lead culture change in healthcare to better embrace the links between good work and good health?
  • Can you deliver training sessions to NHS colleagues to motivate and coach them to ask the work question?

If the answer is yes, then please apply to join this project. You must work in England and have the support of your employer to deliver training in your organisation, as this is a voluntary role. Find out more and apply here.

This project, between the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Public Health England and supported by the Council for Work and Health, was piloted with 25 Health and Work Champions and is now being extended with the appointment of up to 50 more from across England.

If you have any questions please email

10. Health Foundation infographics

The Health Foundation has launched a new series of infographics and accompanying blogs and commentaries to describe and explain the social determinants of health in an accessible and engaging way.

The first of these shows the extent to which health is primarily shaped by factors outside the direct influence of health care and invites us to look at this bigger picture. It is interesting to note that good work is a key factor.

To download a copy, go to the Health Foundation website.

11. Voluntary scheme to reduce sales of sugar-sweetened beverages on NHS premises

In June, Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director NHS England, and Dr Kathy McLean, Executive Medical Director NHS Improvement, wrote to Trusts to secure their commitment to NHS England’s recently announced voluntary scheme to reduce sales of sugar-sweetened beverages on NHS premises. The letter, which is available here, has already been circulated to all Trust Chief Executives with a return date of 31 July 2017.

This is a voluntary commitment by suppliers of sugar-sweetened beverages on NHS premises, including trusts with in-house supply arrangements, to reduce the sales of sugar-sweetened beverages.
If you have any further questions, please contact

12. Network ‘ask a question’

A question was posed this month on screening of Overseas Observership and Work Experience arrivals, from the perspective of their immunisations, prior to and when arriving in the UK.

If you would like to ask your colleagues a question please email You can see all our questions and answers here.

13. Flu season approaches!

Hard to believe but it will soon be flu season again. NHS Employers are currently refreshing their flu fighter resources, which includes seven printed posters, a download only poster, and a newly refreshed payslip leaflet and stickers. These will be available to order via their online system in July and all flu leads will be notified when it is open.

There is also a useful guide to help you plan your campaign for this year.

You can still view the case studies from the 2017 flu fighter award winners, which shares the details of their successful approach and strategy, and some useful insights, experiences and tips from the 2017 flu fighter conference in the speaker blogs

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

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