NHS Health at Work May bulletin

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Dear Colleagues
I understand some good weather is on its way – we deserve it!
As you know the General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on 25th May and the Data Protection Act will no longer be law from that date. I was pleased to hear at a recent conference on GDPR that, as OH services, our compliance with data protection law means that we have relatively small steps to take to be complaint with requirements of GDPR.  The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced some useful guidance which is available on their website.

In the last members’ survey the OH workforce was raised as a repeated concern. We are looking to partner with other organisations that have an interest in this area so that we can produce a detailed analysis of the current workforce and what it should look like.
The planning for our conference is gaining momentum and we have secured some good speakers and of course an opportunity to meet colleagues and network. Please do book your place. We look forward to meeting many of you again in September.  

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair 


The next edition will be circulated on 6th June.

In this edition:

1. Network membership renewals
2. MoHaWK
3. NSOH spring newsletter
4. New ISO standard for OSH management
5. Occupational Health: the Global Value and Evidence
6. Centre for Ageing Better research
7. Establishing the ‘real’ causes of long-term sickness absence and its contribution to lost working time 
8. Conferences and workshops
9. Flu fighter awards


1. Network membership renewals

There are just a few Network membership renewals still outstanding and final reminders have been sent out to qualify for the early bird renewal rate. If you haven’t yet renewed or have any queries please contact admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk asap.

2. MoHaWK

I am hoping that you have heard about the changes in ownership for MoHaWK since the new year.

MoHaWK is delighted to now be part of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM). Since transferring over, there have been new organisations who have signed up to be part of the benchmarking and quality improvement tool that supports your local audit.

As the MoHaWK team are still settling into being part of the FOM, it was felt that for the next Round there would be no additional sections added into the tool as time has been spent updating the website and of course transferring over some of the practicalities that are needed when such a transition occurs.
You will find the Round 13 briefing note here. If you have any queries, please do contact me either through the webtool or via hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk.

Dissertation Survey

MoHaWK subscribers will have received an invitation to take part in a dissertation survey titled “Is MoHaWK benchmarking valued by OH services in the UK?” This is an opportunity for stakeholder organisations to participate in research which aims to shape the future direction of MoHaWK.

The survey is distributed via the MoHaWK organisation and all responses are anonymous. The results of the survey will contribute towards a Masters dissertation as well as towards specialist MFOM qualification for Dr Chami Rathmalgoda, currently a specialist registrar.

Your support is much appreciated, please ensure only one response is given per organisation and if you have any further questions please contact Dr Rathmalgoda on chamishani.rathmalgoda@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk.

3. NSOH spring newsletter

The latest edition of the National School of OH newsletter is available here.

4. New ISO standard for OSH management

ISO 45001, which provides a global standard for occupational safety and health management and replaces British Standard OHSS 18001, has been published. A copy is available here.

5. Occupational Health: the Global Value and Evidence

The Society of Occupational Medicine launched their latest report on Monday 30th April. Further details and a copy of the report is available here.

6. Centre for Ageing Better research

The Centre for Ageing Better has carried out research that shows that employers are not properly supporting older workers experiencing long-term physical and mental health conditions. More information and a copy of the report is available here.

7. Establishing the ‘real’ causes of long-term sickness absence and its contribution to lost working time 

The At Work Partnership and Work Foundation have completed new research which provides evidence that the reason someone takes long-term sickness absence and remains off sick, isn’t just down to the diagnosis given on the fit note or sick certificate.

For more information see their press release.

8. Conferences and workshops

  • Preparing for the GDPR seminar

The At Work Partnership will be running their GDPR seminar again on 18th May in London if you missed the April date. The seminar is designed to provide OH professionals with practical advice on fulfilling their obligations under the new legislation.

More information can be found here.

  • Occupational Health 2018

The annual SOM/FOM conference will take place at London’s Regent’s University from 25th–27th June. The conference boasts an excellent lineup of expert speakers, including Dame Carol Black, Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor Gina Radford, Professor Diana Kloss MBE and Professor Craig Jackson.

Early bird registration, alongside special rates for nurses, physiotherapists, trainees and students, is open now. Register before 15th May to secure your place at the best price.

Full details of the programme, venue and recommended accommodation are available on the OH 2018 website

  • International Practitioner Health Summit 2018 – The Wounded Healer

This 10 Year Anniversary Conference of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme will bring together the academic, clinical and experiential aspects of physician and practitioner health with a focus on mental health. It is aimed at doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health practitioners, dentists, counsellors and researchers in the field of practitioner health.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in drop in question time sessions, experiential learning and group work. A choice of multiple streams will cover topics such as: addiction, treatment models for mental health problems, promoting resilience, wounded medical students, and many others. Full details are available here.

9. Flu fighter awards

  • Flu fighter conference

The 2018 flu fighter conference took place on 24th April. The day saw some great presentations and workshops showcasing best practice in health and social care. A summary is available here

  • Flu fighter awards

Congratulations to all the winners in the flu fighter awards – full details are available on the website. We will be looking to showcase how the winners achieved such incredible results soon.

  • Update on CQUIN

We are still waiting on confirmation of the future requirements for CQUIN and hoping for an update in early May, which will be shared with you as soon as we receive it. 


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.

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@syngentis.co.uk
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

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