October bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_Pattani

Dear Colleagues

It was good to meet so many of you at our conference in September.  The speakers shared very relevent, interesting and practical presentations which I very much enjoyed and have taken away key points to use in my OH practice. Based on your feedback, I'm delighted that so many of you felt the same. For those of you who were not able to join us the presentations are available on the website.

I would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, delegates and of course David, Wendy, Anna and Andrew for the success of the conference.

At the board meeting we finalised our business plan for 2018-2021 and the key points were presented at the AGM. The business plan is also available on the website

We have been working with the FOM/SOM and submitted a joint response to NHS England's consultation on its long term plan for the NHS.

MoHAWK was transferred to its new home with FOM when Syngentis stopped trading earlier this year. At the board meeting Hilary Winch shared some of the developments with MoHAWK this year and the new indicators they plan to introduce. There has been increasing interest from the private sector to join MOHAWK since its transfer which is very good news.

I would also like to thank Syngentis for its legacy grant which will contribute to the work required on our website to give it a makeover but more importantly make it easier to navigate with the intention of making it more 'user friendly'. 

Sorry a long introduction this time. This will change with the flu season starting!

Wishing you all success for your flu vaccination programmes.

Best wishes


Shriti Pattani
Network Chair


The next edition will be circulated on 7th November.

In this edition:

1. Network annual conference
2. Network Board vacancy for London region
3. MoHaWK
4. SCPHN Apprenticeship Standard consultation – closing date 15th October
5. Launch of Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing
6. HEE Commission on wellbeing and mental health of NHS staff and learners
7. Workplace Health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work
8. NHS England consultation on its long term plan for the NHS
9. Legal experience training – Network member discount
10. Conferences
11. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco toolkit
12. BSI Wellbeing code of practice
13. Flu fighter update
14. NHS Employers update

1. Network annual conference

We had another great conference in September, with 100% satisfaction rate yet again! Thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors and delegates who attended and made it such a success.

Network members can access the speaker presentations here.

Look out for next year’s conference dates which will be announced soon.

2. Network Board vacancy for London region

We are looking for a Network member, working in the London region, who would be interested in representing their region on the NHS Health at Work Network Board. This replaces Dr Chami Rathmalgoda, who has moved to a non-NHS post to continue her specialist training, and we would like to thank Chami for her contribution to the Network.

The role involves attendance at 3 Board meetings per annum (one via teleconference, one at the Network conference and one at an agreed central venue). Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

For further information and how to apply click here. If you wish to discuss the role then please email shritipattani@nhs.net or andrew.gilbey25@gmail.com.

3. MoHaWK

Round 13 – What are you doing with the results? Have you pulled your report?

Round 13 has closed after the extended data entry period that was requested.

If you entered data then you now need to start pulling off your Round 13 reports (use the report tab on the system) and start using the results to consider the quality improvements that your service require. This is the most important part of a Round. If you do not undertake the report section then MoHaWK will not add any benefit to your service.

If you have any problems pulling off your reports then please contact hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk.

Remember – the Round Report template can be updated with the actions that you need to undertake as a service. You can use this in team meetings or share with your board to demonstrate your effectiveness.

4. Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Apprenticeship Standard

Skills for Health are consulting on their SCPHN Apprenticeship Standard with a closing date of 15th October. You can access a copy of the Standard here.

For further information or to comment click here.

5. Launch of Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing

The team at the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing are pleased to announce the launch of the FOHN on 1st October. We have been working tirelessly to create a one-stop-shop for occupational health nurses and their affiliates and we still have so much more we want to provide to our members. We want to create a long term relationship with you all and value your feedback, suggestions and involvement in the coming days, months and years.

We hope that you like our new website and that it inspires you to become a member and to find out what additional information awaits you as a member, including membership benefits, learning zone and resources.  Our committees are coming together to create a career framework for all nurses working in occupational health, to set education standards and develop quality and practice standards. 

Our team at the FOHN are now focussing on our first major event, the FOHN conference in June 2019.

We cannot do our work without the help of our members, not only in terms of your membership fees but also in your time, energy and willingness to share your experiences and practice achievement. Join the conversation via our website.  You can also view our launch presentation on YouTube  or Vimeo.  

6. HEE Commission on wellbeing and mental health of NHS staff and learners

Earlier this year HEE launched a Commission on the wellbeing and mental health of staff and learners in the NHS. In its first phase, the Commission has reviewed the published literature around workplace wellbeing for students, apprentices and trainees who will form the future NHS workforce, and for the people who are already part of that workforce.

The Commission now want to hear directly from individuals and organisations with the knowledge and experience to inform its thinking and to help develop recommendations for improvement that will be published as part of the Commission report at the end of the year. Visit the website to read more or email direct to wellbeingcomission@hee.nhs.uk.

7. Workplace Health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work

The public registration facility to observe the committee meeting for Workplace Health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work is now open on the NICE website, until Tuesday 16th October 2018.  If you would like to register for this committee meeting, please do so via the webpage .

As a public observer, you will be able to listen to the business of the meeting, except where confidential information is being discussed, however, you will not be able to participate in committee discussions, ask questions or take part in voting or put your views to members of the committee.

For further information about meetings in public please refer to the following document: Common questions and answers about meetings in public. Should you have any queries regarding observing this meeting, please contact the Meetings in Public Coordinator, Shannon.Nettleton@nice.org.uk.

8. NHS England consultation on its long term plan for the NHS

Consultation on NHS England’s long term plan for the NHS closed at the end of September. The Network submitted a joint response with SOM and FOM which is available here.

9. Legal experience training – Network member discount

Legal Experience Training offer 5% off their Essential Legal Skills For Occupational Health Professionals course fees for NHS Health At Work Network members. Their next course will run on the 13th/14th December 2018 in London. In addition, on booking places, there is an early bird discount of 15% off each course place available, when delegates book and pay before the 19 October 2018.

Further information and a booking form is available here.

10. Conferences

  • CEOHG conference – 16th October 2018

This one day event, organised by the Central England Occupational Health Group, welcomes a number of speakers including Professor Diana Kloss, Dr Nerys Williams, Wendy Ladd, Christina Butterworth, Sarah Tapley, Professor Craig Jackson and Peter Busby. It covers a wide range of relevant OH topics such as GDPR, consent and confidentiality, an OH update, telephone case management, SEQOHS, quality assurance, ergonomics/human factors, workplace mental health and suicide and visual stress.

The conference provides an update on current OH issues and also the opportunity to network with other OH professionals and represents good value for money.

  • RSM/FOM conference 28th November 2018

‘Ethics, the law and data protection in work and health’ is a joint meeting run between the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) due to demand from RSM and FOM members and others, who give advice on health and work. This also includes a discussion on the interface between legal issues and professional ethics in the changing context for our practice. 

The meeting will look into the updated guidance published by the GMC in 2017 on confidentiality and consent, including that relevant to employment, the publication of the updated guidance by the FOM on ethics in occupational health practice, and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

For more information or to book click here.

  • RCN/SOM conference – 30th November 2018

This inaugural joint Royal College of Nursing and Society of Occupational Medicine Conference will take place at RCN HQ in London on Friday 30th November 2018.

The conference has been designed to support OH Nurses and Technicians in developing their knowledge and skills in practice. The broad programme will provide updates and examples of best practice in OH nurse management and practice.

For further details and to view the full programme please visit www.rcn.org.uk/OH18. The conference is open to members and non-members alike and we are pleased to offer a group booking discount of 10% when 3 or more conference places are booked together.

11. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco toolkit

Business in the Community has recently published a toolkit for employers on managing drugs, alcohol and tobacco at work, which is available here.

12. BSI Wellbeing code of practice

A new code of practice on improving health and wellbeing in an organisation has been launched by the British Standards Institution. The document is available for purchase through their website.

13. Flu fighter update

A letter was sent out on 7th September from senior leaders in the NHS to chief executives of NHS trusts and foundation trusts. The letter advises organisations to plan to offer every staff member the flu vaccine, in order to achieve the highest possible level of vaccination coverage this winter. 

This year, there is an ambition for 100 per cent of healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu. Each Trust should continue to report uptake monthly during the vaccination season via ‘ImmForm’. Trusts are also required to report how many healthcare workers with direct patient contact have been offered the vaccine and opted-out. This information will be published monthly by Public Health England on its website.

For full details, please read our news story which will signpost you to the published letter.  

ImmForm guidance released

ImmForm, the influenza vaccine uptake monitoring programme from Public Health England, has released new guidance on how to report the number of flu vaccinations given to frontline healthcare workers.

#jabathon – 8-12th October

Our annual week-long social media campaign #jabathon will get underway on Twitter between 8–12th October. The aim of #jabathon is to start a conversation about flu and the importance of the flu jab among NHS and social care staff. There will be a number of social media activities taking place through the week - if you need more information or inspiration, take a look at our #jabathon page.

Flu fighter resources

The 2018/19 campaign resources are now available on our website to download, along with editable versions of the posters. Please feel free to download and use these for your campaign.

If you are looking for support and guidance on how to run your campaign this year, we have a number of online resources available, including digital resources, our campaign guides and our why it matters page which provides you with the truth about flu.

Don’t forget you can also order pens and lanyards, amongst other things, from our flu shop.

NICE guidelines released

NICE released their guidelines on flu vaccination uptake recently which details recommendations on how to increase uptake of the free flu vaccination amongst those who are eligible.

Updated clinical evidence

We have once again worked in partnership with Public Health England and released an up-to-date clinical evidence document that explains the benefits of getting the flu vaccine and protecting yourself and those around you. We have now added this to our website and we recommend you share this within your organisation.

PHE release advice on HCW vaccination for 65+

There have been a number of queries raised in the flu fighter closed Facebook group about which vaccine is offered to healthcare workers aged 65 and over and those aged under 18 years. Public Health England have provided advice on the recommendation regarding the quadrivalent (QIV) and adjuvanted-trivalent (aTIV) vaccines and how best this can be made available to the over 65s.   

PHE new brand – Help us help you 

PHE will soon be launching their new overarching brand ‘Help us help you’ which brings together a family of campaigns, including Stay Well This Winter and other flu immunisation campaigns.

They have a number of new resources (including paper, digital and social media) and more information (including a webinar and slide deck) to enable you to find out more about the campaign. All the materials can be found in the PHE resource hub.

You can contact the flu fighter hotline for advice or queries on 0844 334 5252 or email flufighter@nhsemployers.org.

14. NHS Employers update

Health and wellbeing network regional events

Our regional events are underway, we had a fantastic first event in Manchester looking at the NHS England Health and Wellbeing Framework. Around 90 per cent of delegates said the information they received at the event helped them understand the framework and the tool better, and will help them implement it in their organisation. We still have places left, book your place now.

Better Mental Health at Work

Mental Health at Work has launched a new tool to help organisations have better conversations around mental health in the workplace. The tool is a gateway to documents, guides and information from organisations across the UK, check it out and help equip your organisation to better deal with mental health in the workplace better.

New Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework

Skills for Health, with Health Education England, NHS England, Public Health England and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance have launched a new framework. The framework is for practitioners who are the first point of contact for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

World mental health day - 10th October

World Mental Health Day is taking place on 10th October to help raise public awareness about mental health issues. We have a range of tools and resources to help you have conversations around mental health in the workplace and promote positive mental wellbeing. 
•    Mental wellbeing infographic
•    Mental Health in the Workplace podcast with Paul Farmer
•    Mental health webpage
•    Everything you need to know about sickness absence

Back Care Awareness Week – 8-12th October

The aim of the event, organised by BackCare, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments. Our dedicated web page has more information on musculoskeletal disorders, and the back to work back pack outlines the measures that need to be taken to reduce the incidence of work related back and musculoskeletal disorders.


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 shritipattani@nhs.net
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager andrew.gilbey25@gmail.com
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

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