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NHS Health at Work July bulletin

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Dear Colleagues
 
Along with the weather, plans for our annual conference have also heated up! We have a variety of topical themes to share and discuss and the details are in this newsletter, so if you haven't booked yet or taken up your free place included in your membership please do so now.
 
Last month at the board teleconference meeting we finalised our business plan and agreed some actions. David and I will be presenting the salient points at the AGM and the information will then be available on our website. 
 
Supply of Hepatitis B vaccine for Occupational Health use is available to order for all groups and PHE are encouraging us to order supplies before GSK start to accept orders for travel purposes.
 
Hope that you have some holidays planned to take a rest from our current challenges in the NHS and I look forward to seeing many of you in September. 

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair 

The next edition will be circulated on 1st August.

In this edition:

1. Hepatitis B vaccine stocks
2. Network annual conference
3. MoHaWK
4. NICE guideline on Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management (Oct 2020)
5. Legal experience training – discount for Network members
6. Lungs at Work training and events
7. Proposed code of conduct for supporting doctors and healthcare professionals subject to complaints
8. BITC mental health at work survey
9. Work, worklessness and health: local infographic tool
10. Supporting cancer survivors at work
11. NHS Employers health and wellbeing update

1. Hepatitis B vaccine stocks

PHE have advised that Hepatitis B vaccine for occupational health use is available to order for all groups, including summer and late summer / autumn 2018 staff cohorts detailed in the recovery plan. Please order your vaccine now for the new intake of medical, dental and other healthcare students and any backlog health or social care staff whose vaccination has been deferred /halted.

GSK are keen to open up vaccine to travel now so we want to ensure occupational health demand is met before the rush on vaccine for summer holidays hits.

2. Network annual conference

Time to book your place at our annual Network conference on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th September. We are returning to Chesford Grange again as this has proved popular with delegates and we’re looking forward to an interesting programme:

  • Professor Diana Kloss – legal update including GDPR
  • Dr Marios Adamou – personality disorders and the implications for work in the NHS
  • Christina Butterworth – nurse leadership and the FOHN
  • Dr Sema Mandel - The Green book – what’s new and what’s changing
  • Case studies from Network members on streamlining, CQUINs, and managing stress and reducing absence
  • Dr Justin Varney (tbc) – update on the national strategy for health and work

Network member organisations have one free place for their team but please remember to complete a booking form so that we know who is coming and can send them further details. You can also purchase additional places at £295 for a full delegate place or £150 for a day place (for Thursday 13th only).

Non-members can attend as day delegates at a cost of £295.

Please contact admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk if you have any queries.

3. MoHaWK - Round 13 is now open

Hopefully you have set time in your diaries to pull off the data from your systems and start uploading to MoHaWK. Round 13 opened for data on 1st July and will be available through July and August to get your data in.

New telephone assessment experience
Don’t forget there has been a new telephone consultation experience questionnaire loaded into the system in recent weeks – you can use this and collate feedback over the next few weeks to submit data to this section. For those of you working towards SEQOHS this will assist your compliance with F2.1.

In addition the electronic record keeping audit which was launched for Round 12 will assist with compliance against B1.1.

Any queries please contact hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk.

4. NICE guideline on Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management (Oct 2020)

The draft scope for this NICE guideline is now out for consultation and will close at 5pm on Thursday 26 July.  You can review the document and comment here.

The Network will not be commenting at this stage but will plan to make a co-ordinated response to the draft guideline.

NICE is also recruiting people with a practitioner, care provider or commissioner background and lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) to join the Committee for this guideline. You can find more information on the Committee recruitment page.

If you have any further queries about this draft scope consultation, please contact CFSME@nice.org.uk.

5. Legal experience training – discount for Network members

Legal Experience Training offer NHS Health at Work Network members 5% off their course fees for their ‘One Day Refresher in Legal Skills for Occupational Health Professionals – GDPR’. The next course will run on the 14 September 2018 in London. In addition, on booking places, an early bird discount is also currently available. Legal Experience Training are offering a 15% discount on course fees when booking and payment is made before the 21 August 2018.

More information is available here.

6. Lungs at Work training and events

The following courses are offered by the National Heart and Lung Institute in London:  

1.     Lung Function Testing in the Workplace - Introductory Level
Tuesday 10 July is currently full – running waiting list; see details for Wednesday 7 November
2.     Occupational Lung Disease – Keeping Up to Date
Thursday 20 September 2018
3.     Introductory Medical Statistics (2 day course)
Thursday 27 to Friday 28 September 2018
4.     Lung Function Testing in the Workplace - Introductory Level
Wednesday 7 November
5.     Lung Function Testing in the Workplace – Intermediate Level
Wednesday 14 November (currently full – running waiting list)

Registration fees:
#1, 2, 4 and 5: £175
#3: Student/trainee concessionary: £175 / Academic/NHS/corporate: £350

Full details are available here.

7. Proposed code of conduct for supporting doctors and healthcare professionals subject to complaints

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is proposing a national code of conduct for the support of doctors and other healthcare professionals (HCP) subject to complaints, stating that doctors and other HCPs are frequently subject to complaints in the NHS but the NHS Complaints procedure does not contain any formal guidance or support for HCPs. 

Prof Clare Gerada MBE, Medical Director, NHS PHP leading the proposal said; “Complaints have a negative impact on the health of doctors, an already high risk group for mental illness and suicide. A national code of conduct would ensure HCPs are provided with support and guidance throughout the process, maximise engagement, facilitate a better outcome for both parties and reduce the financial burden that sick doctors (and other staff) have on the NHS.” 

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is a specialised service set up for doctors and dentists with mental illness. They found that of those doctors who had died (through suicide or unexpected accidental death) the majority were involved with GMC issues. Amongst living PHP patients, the GMC is involved in around 10% of cases, compared to 56% of the patients who died from accidents, suicide or overdoses. 

The impact of complaints on doctors and healthcare practitioners will be discussed at the forthcoming International Practitioner Health Summit 2018: The Wounded Healer taking place on the 4th-5th October 2018 in London.  Aimed at doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health practitioners, dentists, counsellors and researchers in the field of practitioner health the two-day conference will bring together the academic, clinical and experiential aspects of physician and practitioner health with a particular focus on mental health. 

For further information including the full speaker line-up please click here.   

Conference places are filling up and it is likely to be fully booked - to book your place either register online or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

8. BITC mental health at work survey

BITC (Business in the Community) conducts an annual national mental health at work survey and makes recommendations for improving line manager capability based on the findings. The 2017 survey highlighted that slow but incremental progress is being made:

  • Employees are now more comfortable talking about mental health
  • An increased positive response offered to those experiencing a mental health issue and more line managers feel more supported by senior management.
  • More line managers accept employee mental health and wellbeing as their responsibility
  • A significant increase in the number of line managers feel confident they would spot signs of poor mental health
  • A significant increase in the number of managers who say they feel confident in spotting the signs of poor mental health of the people they manage up from 64% in 2016 to 71% in 2017
  • Greater numbers of managers recognise that employee mental health and wellbeing forms part of their responsibilities – up from 76% in 2016 to 84% in 2017

The 2018 Mental Health at Work survey has now been launched you may be interested in completing the survey and/or promoting it within your organisation. The survey closes on 27 July and the results of the survey will inform the 2018 report.

Further information is available here or click here to complete the survey.

9. Work, worklessness and health: local infographic tool

PHE has published the Work, worklessness and health: local infographic tool, which includes a slide set with regional and local level data relating to work, worklessness and health for each county or unitary authority in England.

There is also an accompanying blog to support the launch which is available here.

The work, worklessness and health local infographic tool has been developed from the national work and health infographics, published in 2016.

10. Supporting cancer survivors at work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has issued a report which explores interventions, policies and practices to promote successful rehabilitation and return to work of cancer survivors. A copy is available here.

11. NHS Employers health and wellbeing update

We are hosting a series of regional events exclusively for our health and wellbeing network focusing on the new NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework. The events will look at how to implement the framework in your organisation and what we can do to support you in your health and wellbeing journey.

The content of these events will enable you to:

  • reflect on current health and wellbeing practices in your organisation
  • take the time and space to explore the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework
  • network and share best practice, tools and tips from health and wellbeing leads
  • take learning back to your organisation to help you improve your health and wellbeing programme.

We will be running all day sessions (10am – 4pm) across the following cities:
Manchester - Thursday 6 September
Taunton - Thursday 20 September
Leeds - Wednesday 3 October
Suffolk - Wednesday 10 October
London - Tuesday 13 November

To book please complete this form. 

Let us know what you think
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) are keen to hear from you. The group was established to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations, promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff and share best practice across the NHS and independent sector.

The group are keen to get your feedback, the short survey takes just ten minutes to complete and will help them understand how they can better support you in the future. The closing date to complete the survey is Friday 13 July at 5pm

Health and wellbeing closed Facebook group
Following feedback from our recent evaluation survey we have created a Facebook group for you to join. This is a closed forum exclusively for NHS health and wellbeing leads to engage with one another. This is a safe space and we want you to feel encouraged to use this forum to develop ideas, address challenges, and support other network members. Join now.

New toolkit published
Business in the Community in association with Public Health England have released their Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit  to support reducing sickness, absence, and improve mental wellbeing and productivity. Download now for your checklist of actions, adaptable policy frameworks and a summary of key legislation for drug and alcohol use in England. 


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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 shriti.pattani@nhs.net
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager andrew.gilbey@gmx.com
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk 

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