September bulletin

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Dear Colleagues,

NHS England has launched a consultation into the development of its ten-year plan. We plan to submit a joint response with the Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine and the deadline is the 30th of September. There is a link in the bulletin.

We look forward to seeing many of you next week at our conference. If you haven’t booked your place please contact to do so. Last year at the AGM we shared with you the results of the membership survey and the intention to build a business plan around it. This has now been finalised and I will share this with you. I also look forward to updating you on the associations and relationships our Network board members have been busy building to ensure that we are keeping abreast of all the changes and opportunities that are arising in the world of Occupational Health within and outside the NHS. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our board members and, of course, Andrew and Wendy for their hard work, and David for managing the accounts.

Last year after the AGM we had an evening of music and relaxation which I understand many of our members enjoyed. We are therefore repeating it this year!

We look forward to seeing you.

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair

The next edition will be circulated on 3rd October.

In this edition:

1. Network annual conference – 12th/13th September
2. MoHaWK
3. NHS England consultation on its long term plan for the NHS
4. Lungs at Work – courses for 2018
5. Supporting inclusive workplaces for everyone – Health Related Pathways to Work
6. Guidance on tax incentives for workplace supported exercise schemes
7. RSM/FOM conference – 28th November
8. RCN/SOM conference – 30th November 2018
9. NHS Employers update

1. Network annual conference – 12th/13th September

We are looking forward to seeing many of our members at the conference next week and expecting a lively dinner and entertainment on Wednesday evening, with an excellent conference programme on Thursday.

If you have booked a place please you should have received a formal confirmation and joining instructions from Anna McNeil. If not please contact Anna on or 07932 737 844.

If you have any queries or would still like to book a place please contact Anna or

2. MoHaWK

Round 13 has been extended for data entry until 15th September due to some services being unable to complete prior to annual leave periods taking place. Please make sure any data is inputted by this date.

Once completed then of course you 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.

For those of you attending the Network conference, I look forward to seeing you there – please do come and visit the MoHaWK stand.

Any queries please contact

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

NHS England is now consulting on its long term plan for the NHS. They have issued a discussion guide which raises a number of questions for consideration and feedback.  The Network is planning to make a joint response with the FOM and SOM.

However, as the timescales are tight (closing date is 30th September) we would encourage you to respond directly through the website.  We would be very grateful if you could also make a copy of your responses and send to, and so that we are aware of your views when developing the joint response with SOM and FOM.

4. Lungs at work – courses for 2018

A reminder of the courses which are available from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial in 2018. Further details about each course, registration fees and how to book are available in their newsletter.

1.     Occupational Lung Disease – Keeping Up to Date
Thursday 20 September 2018
2.     Introductory Medical Statistics (2 day course)
Thursday 27 to Friday 28 September 2018
3.      ‘Occ Lung Disease: Question Time’
Tuesday 30 October
4.     Lung Function Testing in the Workplace - Introductory Level
Wednesday 7 November (full – running waiting list; a few places are likely to come up)
5.     Lung Function Testing in the Workplace – Intermediate Level
Wednesday 14 November (full – running waiting list)

5. Supporting inclusive workplaces for everyone – Health Related Pathways to Work

Call for evidence

A Health and Wellbeing Alliance project, led by Homeless Link and Win/Win Alliance involving ERSA and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM), is supporting Public Health England (PHE)’s Health and Work team to work towards inclusive workplaces for everyone. 

The project will produce resources to help employers embed good practice approaches supporting disabled people, people with long term health conditions and/or people from protected characteristic groups towards, into and to stay in work.

We are looking for examples of national and local employment support initiatives and “success stories” supporting the following groups:

  • Older people
  • Younger people
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health conditions
  • People in contact with the criminal justice system
  • Substance misuse

Organisations can send examples of their work using the template in this Call For Evidence paper. The good practice and success stories will be brought together as an online Directory that will be shared with employers, to be hosted on the ERSA website. Please return examples to by Friday 19 October 2018.

In addition, we are inviting employers across the voluntary, community, social enterprise and the public sectors to join an initiative that will bring together a group who will commit to being part of a pilot programme aimed at embedding positive attitudes towards employing and supporting people with long term conditions and disabled people. More information is available here. If you are interested in this initiative, or if you would like more information, please contact Philipa Bragman, CEO of CHANGE at or 01132426619.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact

6. Guidance on tax incentives for workplace supported exercise schemes

A reminder that the Government has issued guidance on using the tax system to offer gym memberships and sports facilities to staff. A copy is available here.

7. 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 go to

8. RCN/SOM conference – 30th November 2018

Booking is now open for the inaugural joint Royal College of Nursing and Society of Occupational Medicine Conference which takes 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, including the following topics:

  • Dementia and employment
  • Working with cancer
  • Menopause at work
  • Fitness to drive
  • Dealing with stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace
  • The role of OH nursing in health

For further details and to view the full programme please visit 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.

9. NHS Employers update

  • Read how Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust successfully embedded its health, employee, learning and psychotherapy services (HELP) into its staff wellbeing programme to ensure more members of staff were getting the help they need and to reduce sickness absence.
  • Back to basics: staff hydration - In our latest blog, Dale Boustead from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust takes it back to basics to ensure staff are well hydrated to perform at their best. 
  • Tackling domestic abuse in the workplace - In this blog, Samantha and Orla from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust talk about their organisation’s domestic abuse support service and suggest a range of measures that organisations can put in place to support staff who are experiencing abuse.
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) takes place on 10 September each year, bringing people together to prevent suicide. This year the theme is 'working together to prevent suicide.' Take a look and think about what your organisation can do to support WSPD.
  • National Fitness Day - Get your staff involved and help make 26 September the most active day of the year. The National Fitness Day campaign is a great chance to highlight the importance of physical activity for everyone.  To see more awareness days take a look at the calendar of national campaigns.
  • Health and wellbeing network regional events - 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. Book your place now, we only have spaces left at our Taunton and Suffolk events.


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.

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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
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator

Postal address: PO Box 642, BS23 9NG
Tel: 07584 269322