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  • 04 November 2020


    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website first). 

    An exclusive webinar by Dr Honor Abaecheta and Louise Trotter on how to set up your own OH practice. It will cover: tbc

    Dr. Honor Abaecheta started in occupational health working as a Foreign and Commonwealth Office medical adviser then returned to general practice as a partner and GP trainer. She started to work part-time in occupational health in the city of London as an independent before becoming County Medical Adviser at East Sussex County Council for 5 years. Since then she has been in occupational medicine working independently for various larger OH services. Currently working for Health Partners as a senior Occupational Health Physician and has recently set up her own business The Occupational Health Doctor.

    Louise Trotter is a registered nurse with over 25 years working in a variety of nursing roles. For the last 10 years Louise has been working in the field of Occupational Health initially as a nurse and manager, and is now business director for Occupational Health Doctor. Louise also has her own company called Well2Work Ltd.

    This webinar is kindly sponsored by P&A Medical. 

    This event is worth 1 CPD Hour.

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent a link to register on the Adobe Connect Webinar platform.

  • 05 November 2020

    Join us in this celebration of the superb work that occupational health professionals undertake every day.

    The SOM Occupational Health Awards showcase occupational health (OH) – demonstrating the value of OH to organisations and the wider community.


    3:00pm Welcome – Professor Anne Harriss, President of SOM

    3:10pm The SOM awards – criteria of assessment and highlights this year - Dr Kaveh Asanati, Head Judge

    3:20pm The Awards

    The Outstanding Occupational Health Initiative award, sponsored by SOM Corporate Supporter Medigold Health

    Presented by Dr Mike Goldsmith 

    The Outstanding Occupational Health Practitioner award, sponsored by Health Management

    Presented by Matt Wood 

    The Outstanding Contribution by an Employer to Workplace Health and Wellbeing award, sponsored by NEBOSH

    Presented by tbc 

    The Outstanding Occupational Health Team award, sponsored by SOM Corporate Supporter Civica

    Presented by Howard Watson

    4:20pm Special Judges commendation regarding response to COVID-19

    4:30pm Close and thanks – Dr Vicky Mason

    Free to attend. Register here.

  • 10 November 2020

    SOM event in partnership with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and the University of Glasgow 

    Perspectives on COVID-19 and Risk - Online Summit, 10th November

    A half day online summit aiming to clarify dilemmas in medicine and public perception of COVID-19 risk:
    *    Does unemployment create a bigger societal risk to health than COVID-19?
    *    Are scientific approaches to individual and societal risk to COVID-19 challengeable?
    *    What long-term approach to risk should medical leaders take to the public?
    *    Do people understand risk? By decreasing one risk are we increasing another?

    Target audience – senior policy leaders within health, government, and industry

    2pm Welcome Lord Blunkett, SOM Patron

    Introductory overview – Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE, University of Glasgow - Why is this

    2.15pm Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme Balancing risk in Health, Economy and Society

    2.30pm Professor Sir Michael Marmot Inequalities in COVID

    2.45pm Dr Richard Heron, BP Perspectives from industry

    3pm Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox The QCOVID clinical risk stratification tool, its
    development and potential value

    3.15pm Professor David Coggon OBE and Dr Tony Williams Covid Age - Workplace risk

    3.30pm Professor Trish Greenhalgh OBE The risks and lived experience of long COVID

    3.45pm Professor Maggie Rae, President of Faculty of Public Health Public Health perspectives

    4pm Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS Communicating risks

    4.15pm Professor David Heymann CBE Living with the COVID-19 pandemic: using the tools we have

    4.30pm Lord Blunkett – panel discussion: Risk and Society

    Discussion with President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Dr Anne de Bono, and Professor Anne Harriss, President of the SOM

    5pm Close

    CPD via the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

    £25 per ticket (you will be emailed a Zoom link to join)

  • 11 November 2020

    Join the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, on 11-12 November 2020, for an engaging and exciting online format. Blending inspiring and thought-provoking speakers with digital networking and a range of industry-leading suppliers.

    Designed with interactivity and immersive experiences in mind, this two-day event offers the opportunity to meet peers digitally as well as tackling the big questions facing the profession at the end of an unprecedented year. From how to rebuild businesses effectively and ethically in the wake of the pandemic, to addressing and responding to the vital issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Get involved with unmissable learning and networking opportunities and discover new and leading suppliers. All in a safe and engaging environment, purpose-built to maximise your experience. 

    15% discount for SOM members. Contact for details.

    Find out more and book your tickets here.

  • 11 November 2020


    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website first). 

    This exclusive webinar by Kathryn Creek will cover:

    1) Introduction on beryllium forms and use

    2) Industry Statement

    3) Description of Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD)

    4) Human body systems involved in CBD

    5) Types of immune system reactions

    6) Steps of progression to CBD

    7) Understanding beryllium exposure risks

    8) Lessons learned from the US 

    This Webinar is kindly sponsored by NEBOSH

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent a link to register on the Adobe Connect Webinar platform.

    This event is worth 1 CPD Hour.

  • 11 November 2020

    The Society of Occupational Medicine Scottish Group Autumn Meeting and AGM 2020

    Wednesday 11th November 2020, 16:45-19:00

    Online meeting by Zoom


    - SOM update - Nick Pahl and Professor Anne Harriss

    - COVID-19: The Challenges and the Opportunities, A Scottish Occupational Health Perspective

    - NHS - Dr A Leckie

    - Oil and Gas - Dr Graham Furnace, Oil and Gas UK Medical Adviser

    - Commercial OH - Dr Munna Roy, Integral Occupational Health

    - OH in Scotland: Influencing Policy and Government - Professor Ewan MacDonald

    - AGM

    Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register here.

  • 17 November 2020


    The new world of work - Half day Zoom webinar

    Learn practical strategies and techniques to improve return to work and understand the new world of work. Attendees are likely to be professionals and managers with an interest in work and health including HR managers, health professionals, insurers, and members of SOM, VRA, BPS.

    A morning webinar - £49

    10.00 Welcome and initial comments - Professor Anne Harriss, President SOM; Return to work - Deborah Edwards, VRA

    10.30 When you do not want to come back to work - what is reasonable? - Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

    11.00 The future world of work - Rachel Suff, CIPD

    11.30 Fear of return to work - Jo Yarker

    12.00 Next steps following the Health is everyone’s business consultation - Angus Gray, Work and Health Unit tbc

    12.30 Legal issues of returning to work - Gemma Woodhouse, Pennington’s

    Panel discussion and Q and A

    Close 1.15

  • 19 November 2020


    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website first). 

    This exclusive webinar by Dr Clare Rayner will cover:

    -What is meant by “long-COVID” or “post-acute COVID”

    -What are the symptoms, patterns and problems?

    -Effect on function

    -Case studies

    -How we as occupational health professionals can help 

    The webinar is kindly sponsored by P&A Medical

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent a link to register on the Adobe Connect Webinar platform.

    This event is worth 1 CPD Hour.

  • 23 November 2020

    This Can Happen, 23-25 November, is a 3-day global, online event supporting workplaces in creating positive mental health. Offering solutions and strategies, delegates can choose the conference sessions that best suit them including panels, keynotes, interviews and experientials.

    We will be discussing often untouched subjects such as obesity, infertility, racism and managing trauma plus continuing conversations on tech, line management, loneliness and employee engagement. The agenda offers something for every delegate - no matter where you are on your mental health journey.

    The conference is our flagship event and we are proud to have past keynote speakers such as HRH Duke of Cambridge, Mel B, Nadiya Hussain as well as FTSE100 CEOs.

    Download the agenda and book now using code SOM15 for a 15% discount to secure your place and prioritise employee mental health.

  • 08 December 2020

    Practical OH Law Certificate

    A three-day course from The At Work Partnership run with the support of Brunel University London

    Date: 8–10 December 2020

    Location: Central London

    A practical three-day course designed to provide occupational health professionals with an in-depth understanding of OH law at work. This qualification will provide you with a detailed comprehension of the full scope of your legal responsibilities – so that you can ensure that your work, and the work of your department, is fully compliant with legislation and case law.

    Course director and lead tutor: Professor Diana Kloss, Barrister

    Other tutors include: Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors, Professor Alan Neal, University of Warwick and Emily Yeardley, BakerLaw LLP

    The course topics include:

    • Introduction to OH law and the criminal law of health and safety

    • Discrimination law: key concepts and legislation

    • Consent, confidentiality and data protection in OH

     • Disability discrimination

    • Employment law and fitness for work

    • Employment tribunals

    Book and pay by 31st March and save up to £100 + VAT with our early bird rates.

    To book online and for further information, please visit: