Welcome to our March 2021 Bulletin

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Dear Colleagues

Along with challenges in the last year there have been many opportunities which has been hugely positive for the profile of your Network.  We have been approached to provide input and represent the interests of our Members at a national level which has put the Network on the map!  The website has also been developed to host material to support members in making complex decisions over the last year and further material will continue to be added.

This year our Network conference on 10th March is free for all Full and Associate Network Members teams.  We are delighted to host such eminent speakers and look forward to hearing from these leaders in the OH world.  Colleagues who are unable to join will have access to the recording for 6 months after the event on the Members-only area of the website.

It has been an absolute pleasure to Chair the Network over the last 4 years and I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity and your continued support.  I wish my successor Hilary the very best and know that she will be a great leader for the Network. 

Best wishes


Chair, NHS Health at Work Network


In this edition:

1. Annual Conference: 10 March

2. AGM

3. Network Membership Renewals

4. Member Training Discounts

5. MoHaWK – Round 18 Continues

6. Co-videos!

7. PHE Lung Cancer Campaign

8. New HSE Resources

9. NHS Integration and Innovation White Paper

10. Useful Research and Resources


The next edition of the newsletter will be published week commencing 29 March 2021

1.    Annual Conference: Wednesday 10 March – Register Now!

Our Annual Conference is rapidly approaching.  If you haven’t already registered please do so by the closing date of Friday 5 March to confirm your place. 

The conference will run from 09.00 – 16.15 on Wednesday 10 March 2021 as a ‘live’ virtual Zoom event.

We are delighted to be able to advise that for the first time ever the conference will be freely available to every single member of the team who work in OH Services registered as Full or Associate Members of the Network.  

We also appreciate that whilst work demands may limit the numbers able to join us ‘live’ on the day, all the speakers’ presentations will be recorded and held on our Members-only area of the website for colleagues to be able to watch at their leisure any time over the following 6 months.

We have a great line up of speakers confirmed including: 

  • Dame Carol Black (Expert Adviser on Health and Work)
  • Dr Anne de Bono (President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine)
  • Dr Olivia Donnelly (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
  • Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice (Deputy Chief People Officer, NHSE&I), and
  • NHS Occupational Health leaders presenting some thought-provoking case studies

The full conference programme is available here

Please ensure you share this message with every member of your team who wishes to attend the ‘live’ event and encourage them to e-mail admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk to guarantee their conference place.

2.    AGM

The Network recently held its AGM via Zoom for the 2019-20 financial year with a presentation by Dr. Shriti Pattani (Chair), Giles Wright (Deputy Chair) and Hilary Winch (Chair Elect).  The slide deck is available for Members to see here

3.    Network Membership Renewals and New Applications: 2021-22

Thank you to all of our Members and Associates for your continued membership and support of the NHS Health at Work Network throughout 2020.  Once again it is time to think about renewing your membership for the coming year.

2020 was a year like no other!  It was also a year of increasing recognition of the importance of occupational health specialist advice and support as organisations grappled with multiple complex issues arising from the Covid pandemic.  We’ve worked hard to represent and support our Members during this time, predominantly through close working with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, NHS England and NHS Improvement.  I hope you have found the Covid section on our website a useful resource during this time.  We will continue to add to it over the coming year.

You can see the full range of Network benefits here including access to our annual conference, a MoHaWK licence, listing on our website as an OH provider for local businesses, discounts to training and events, and much more.

This year we are doing things slightly differently.  The normal cost of renewing for 2021/22 for our all-inclusive top membership package is £995 but we are offering an early bird rate of £795 if you complete and return the attached renewal form to admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk by 30th April 2021. This will provide membership for all of your OH team until April 2021.  There are also a range of other flexible membership packages to suit your budget which you can see in the attached.

Please complete the attached form and return to admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

4.    Exclusive Member Discount of £200 + VAT!

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. 

The next course is being held from 10 – 12 May 2021 as a virtual event.

Book and pay by 31 March 2021 to qualify for our early bird rates. More information is available here

Also, advance notice for the Certificate in Managing Mental Health at Work being run as a virtual event from 6-8 July 2021.  The same £200 + VAT discount applies to Network Members.  Please look out for this programme online in the next fortnight, or email info@atworkpartnership.co.uk and they will send you the new programme.

5.    MoHaWK – Round 18 Continues

As previously indicated Round 18 opened at the beginning of January 2021. Due to the current circumstances, this Round will remain open until Round 19 commences so that your service can maximise the time period to enter data.  

For Round 18, we have added in the ability to record worker experience feedback from video consultations in addition to the face-to-face and telephone-based experience sections already in the tool as many services have started to use this form of assessment during the pandemic.

The routine data collection for the majority of topics is the month of December and so you can pull your data accordingly. You may wish to just focus on one or two indicators per month making the data collection more manageable during these times.   

I have attached the briefing note for reference on the subject areas. Please do get in contact if you have any queries hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk 

6.    Co-videos!

Our Chair, Dr Shriti Pattani recently played a starring role in some PHE educational Covid vaccine videos!  These are available on YouTube here

7.    PHE Lung Cancer Campaign

The Help Us Help You Lung Cancer Symptoms campaign is now live, with adverts across TV, radio, and video on demand (catch-up TV).

Despite lung cancer being the third most common cancer in England, suspected lung cancer referrals remain lower than normal.  As of December 2020, lung cancer referrals had reached 73% of pre-COVID levels, while referrals for all cancers were just over 100%.

8.    HSE Resources

HSE's newly published 'Near-miss Book' helps employers and employees record details of workplace near misses, providing valuable insight into when and how things go wrong.

A pattern of near misses provides an early warning that something needs attention.

 9.    NHS Integration and Innovation – White Paper

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a White Paper - Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all, which sets out new proposals to build on the successful NHS response to the pandemic and bring health and care services closer together to improve care and tackle health inequalities. The proposals aim to modernise the legal framework and remove unnecessary legislative bureaucracy.  

10. Useful Research and Resources

A BOHS Member's perspective - notes explaining how and why the SARs-CoV-2 exposure controls measures work, and how to correctly and confidently protect yourself, enabling individuals to reduce their risk of exposure to the viral illness.

Public Health England has updated the Green Book with vaccination guidance including information on Covid-19.  www.gov.uk/government/publications

The BBC Asian Network has created some great content on vaccines scams and made it available on social media; containing videos in UrduSylhetiPunjabiTamil and Gujarati for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can also find these on the BBC news website.


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 admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk   

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 here.

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                                            chair@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager                       admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk  

Postal address: NHS Health at Work, PO Box 857, York YO31 6FR