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  • 05 June 2024

    The Association of Railway Industry Occupational Practitioners (ARIOPS) is delighted to announce the opening of Registration for this year's ARIOPS Conference and AGM, which will take place online on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th June.

    The online event will be recorded so even if you are not available to attend live, you can watch it at your convenience afterwards - for registered delegates only.

    Come and be part of this year's ARIOPS event which is consistently CPD approved by FOM. The Registration Fee (kept the same as last year) is £70 if booked before 1st June (£40 for Trainees and Students). Thereafter the Fees increase.

    There is an excellent line up of speakers, including Dr Mahima Abeyaratne, Occupational and Environmental Physician in Sydney, Australia. It will be a stimulating and relevant programme.

    Book now to secure your place: Register here.

  • 11 June 2024
    Online training


    £200 for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website first). Non-members £250. There is a maximum of 20 places.

    Conducting and interpreting audiograms under CNWR2005 (Reference L108)

    Trainer - Melanie Brewster, Clinical Physiologist (Audiology)

    For OH technicians and OH nurses undertaking and/or reviewing audiograms conducted under a CNWR 2005 statutory health surveillance programme.

    A one-day course (6 hours attendance certificate) with a suggested post course requirement to provide 100 anonymised audiograms and to categorize competently in accordance with L108.

    Provides the required technical knowledge for both conducting an accurate audiogram and identifying potential NIHL and / or the requirement to refer to general practice at the point of health surveillance.

    4 CPD points accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and SOM Certificate of attendance. Post course certificate of competency if >/80% scored in the post course assessment.

    Delegate fee - £200.00 SOM member £250 non SOM member

    Duration 4 hours (4 CPD points)

    Trainer Melanie Brewster

    Clinical Physiologist (Audiology) RCCP 1529, Dip Safety Management, Cert OH Law

    Melanie Brewster is an NHS trained Clinical Physiologist specialising in audiology. Alongside private and medico-legal practice she provided the assessment service for the claimants from the NCB and war pension directorate in the early 1990’s and branched out into occupational health in 1996 setting up her own Occupational Health company which specialises in noise. Melanie was instrumental in the 2021 changes in CNWR 2005 guidance and still works in the NHS part time as an external consultant.  

    Melanie is an advocate for the correct identification of noise-induced hearing loss and has over 35 years’ experience in interpreting audiograms in industry. She provides specialist Occupational Health risk assessment and reports for employees identified as having hearing loss including advising on the compatibility of hearing aids and hearing protection and the management of safety critical workers with hearing loss.

    Melanie has a trainer for many years alongside advising major insurance companies on NIHL claims, validating medico-legal audiograms and several papers published in her subject.

    (SOM members please log in on the SOM website to get the discount). Once paid, you will then be sent the URL join link by email.


  • 12 June 2024


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

    What will be covered: 


    Join us for an insightful webinar on compassionate leadership, where we'll explore the transformative power of empathy and understanding in leadership roles across various workplaces, including healthcare.

    In this webinar, we'll delve into the definition and importance of compassionate leadership, drawing from extensive research, real-life examples, and the lived experience of our host, a qualified workplace wellbeing consultant. Learn how compassionate leadership can improve patient outcomes, enhance employee satisfaction, and foster a supportive organisational culture, not only in healthcare but in diverse professional settings.

    Through engaging storytelling and evidence-based strategies, our host will share valuable perspectives on implementing compassion in leadership roles. The interactive session will engage participants in reflective exercises and provide practical strategies for cultivating compassionate leadership practices in their own workplaces.

    Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and tools for creating more compassionate and effective work environments. Register now and be a part of this inspiring discussion on compassionate leadership.

    Speaker Bio - 

    Sarah Gashier is an experienced Workplace Wellbeing expert, qualified in public health, dedicated to fostering compassionate cultures in organisations. With a background in Public Health Nutrition, Sarah has implemented initiatives across diverse workplaces, from prestigious institutions like the House of Commons to renowned companies such as the Royal Albert Hall.

    Sarah's journey is marked by both professional expertise and personal resilience. Navigating a disability has taught her the importance of empathy and compassion in the workplace. Drawing from her experiences, Sarah advocates for fostering resilience and compassion to create supportive work environments where employees can thrive.

    In her work, Sarah emphasises a holistic approach, integrating evidence-based strategies with empathy to promote workplace wellbeing. She believes that cultivating a culture of compassion is essential for unlocking employee potential and fostering thriving organisations.

    Sarah's efforts in improving Workplace Wellbeing have earned recognition, including being shortlisted for the True Leader in Wellbeing Award. Her contributions to workplace wellbeing have also been acknowledged by the Mayor of London, particularly through her involvement in the London Healthy Workplace Award.

    Beyond her professional commitments, Sarah is deeply dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and support. She shares her personal experiences to inspire positive change in organisations worldwide, leveraging her expertise to create impactful workplace wellbeing solutions.

    Chair: Dr Lanre Ogunyemi

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 17 June 2024


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


    This webinar continues our free-to-access series on "Basics in OH".

    Hearing loss and the wider implications of noise on worker health remains a significant occupational challenge. Although we have seen improvements in health surveillance approaches for many work related diseases; hearing checks are still pretty much as we have always known them. Both in clinical practice and within the regulator (HSE) there is recognition that improvements are required.  This webinar will explore updated guidance and advice in this area, why we need to do more and where we could go in terms of preventing noise induced hearing loss for the future!

    Speaker Bio:

    Clare Forshaw is the Occupational Health & Hygiene Technical Lead for RSSB.  She has been actively involved in progressing the knowledge base and promoting best practice in noise control, health surveillance and improving the profile of noise risk for most of her career.  Clare has been a driving force behind establishing a new UK Hearing Conservation Association which was launched in March 2019 and aims to prevent damage to people’s hearing health and other noise related health conditions; through practical, evidenced and cost-effective communications and solutions.

    Chair: Professor Kaveh Asanati

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the joining link.

  • 20 June 2024
    Northern Ireland

    Registration is now open for Occupational Health 2024, with the theme of “Leading OH into the Future”.  

    There are some great speakers covering respiratory, cardiology, neurology, diabetes, travel health, toxicology and leadership issues. View the Day 1 programme here and Day 2 here. Workplace visits to Coca Cola, Translink Rail Engineering, Titanic Distillers and Spirit Aero systems are on the afternoon of June 19th.

    The venue location is Titanic Belfast. Hotel information is here.

    On the 20th June, there will be a Gala Dinner and Dance held in the Drawing Office One at the Titanic Hotel, where the world’s most famous ocean liners - including Titanic - were designed.

    Register here.

    Any organisation interested in exhibiting should contact Rebecca at

  • 25 June 2024


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

    Panel Chair: - Janet O Neil

    SOM, with the National School of Occupational Health, is hosting this exclusive webinar, which includes a panel discussion between OH technicians from various backgrounds including those who commission technician work and technician course leads. There will be presentations from:

    -    Teri Greaves - about the new Open Awards OH Technician qualification.

    -    Katherine Roberts - about EOPH's OHT Course which has gained Open Awards provider status.

    -    Three technicians - their career story, experience and education

    -    Jacqui Hallet

    A panel discussion as to the future of OH Technicians will follow.

    Questions welcomed.

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the joining link.

  • 28 June 2024

    Medical decision-making in ill-health retirement

    Friday 28 June 2024 - A Virtual Event

    Chaired by Dr John Ballard, editor of Occupational Health [at Work]

    Devised by Dr Simon Sheard, Health Partners Group and Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

    The At Work Partnership are delighted to announce a new date for this very popular one-day workshop - Medical decision-making in ill-health retirement! The event will take place virtually on Friday 28 June 2024.

    The At Work Partnership's team of expert tutors, Dr John Ballard, Dr Simon Sheard, Prof Diana Kloss, Dr Tony Williams, Dr Mark Groom and Clair Alcock, will guide you through an intensive day of learning as this course will take an in-depth look at how occupational health can advise employees and employers on ill health retirement to help make evidence-based fair decisions.

    This training will give you:

    - A detailed knowledge of how to give evidence-based advice in ill-health retirement (IHR) cases  

    - A comprehensive understanding of your roles and responsibilities

    - An insight into the complexity of scheme rules and relevant law

    - Enhanced comprehension of the ethical issues

    - An opportunity to learn from the experience of others in case studies and to benchmark your opinions with peers

    - Improved knowledge and understanding to assist in decision-making

    Previous event delegates said:

    "Excellent and informative seminar delivered by very knowledgeable experts." - Director of Group Clinical Governance

    "Extremely useful content, lots to take back to my department!" - Occupational Health Doctor

    Secure your place online now  (There are payment options for invoicing and paying by card)


    - EARLY BIRD RATES: Save £50+VAT with their early bird offer! Available for bookings paid before 24 May 2024.

    - Discounted rates are also available for self-funded individuals.

  • 02 July 2024

    Occupational Health Consultations

    Tuesday 2nd July 2024, A Virtual Event

    OH consultations are at the heart of an occupational health professional's work. The At Work Partnership is delighted to introduce a new one-day course designed to help OH professionals enhance their consultation skills.

    Join The At Work Partnership for an important day of training concentrating on the communication and interpersonal skills that are required for effective OH consultations. The course will explain how a skilled consultation can help move a case forward, how to manage difficult consultations and ensure that legal, ethical and quality requirements are met.

    Conducted virtually via zoom, the course will be led by a team of specialists in occupational health and consultation techniques, including Dr Nerys Williams, independent OH physician; Dr Clare Fernandes, BBC; Carolyn Graham, mediator & conflict coach; Prof Diana Kloss, barrister and Sharon Wilday, consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.

    The training day aims to teach you to:

    - Understand the aims of the OH consultation in terms of moving the case forward

    - Set up and prepare for effective OH consultations, and understand how to audit and improve these

    - How to develop your communication and interpersonal skills that are required for effective OH consultations - including establishing rapport, information gathering, listening and questioning skills, and an introduction to motivational interviewing and coaching techniques

    - Know your legal responsibilities - and the nuances of the unique role of the OH professional - in fulfilling your obligations to both the employee and the employer

    - Get the most of your OH consultations whether face to face, telephone or video/online


    EARLY BIRD OFFER: Book and pay before 13 May 2024 and save £65 + VAT.

    Self-funded rates available and special rates for those who attended an At Work Partnership OH Report Writing course in the past 3 years.

    Don't miss out - Book your place online now. For full course details and to book online please click here.

  • 10 July 2024


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


    This webinar continues our free-to-access series on "Basics in OH". This introductory session has been designed to enhance the knowledge, understanding and clinical skills of occupational health professionals involved in skin surveillance and the general management of work-related skin problems.


    45-minute presentation

    15-minute Q&A session

    Brief summary:

    This session will:

    1. Undertake a brief review of the legal and legislative considerations surrounding skin surveillance.
    2. Identify the common sources of skin hazards across a range of occupations.
    3. Review the most common types of occupational skin problems and learn to describe them using accurate dermatological terminology.
    4. Work through a clinical skin case study to gain a better understanding how to provide basic, evidence-based clinical advice and workplace adjustments.
    5. Engage in a 15 minute question and answer discussion session.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr Katrin Alden MBBCh, DOccMed, PgDipDerm, PGCert HE

    Dr Alden is an occupational health physician with an interest in work-related skin problems and is passionate about caring for working skin.

    She has been employed as a speciality doctor in dermatology in a tertiary NHS dermatology centre since 2013 and has worked as a clinical lecturer in dermatology for Cardiff University.

    In addition to the NHS, general occupational physician and medical education work, she runs a weekly occupational skin clinic for a large NHS organisation in Wales. She is the lead clinician for their skin surveillance programme and provides advice on both the clinical management and workplace adjustments for employees with work-related skin problems.

    Katrin has worked as a clinical lecturer in dermatology and completed a certificate in higher education training with Harvard University in 2020. Drawing on these skills, to create and deliver high-quality, interactive educational courses for healthcare professionals in her role as a medical educator.

    Chair: Professor Kaveh Asanati

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the joining link.

  • 02 September 2024


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


    This webinar continues our free-to-access series on "Basics in OH". The session will cover a basic introduction to the main vibration related disorders of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), carpal tunnel syndrome (v-CTS) and Dupuytren’s contracture; including definitions and measurement of hand transmitted vibration (HTV), at risk occupations tools and processes, symptoms and signs, investigations, classification and grading scales and workplace management.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr Ian Lawson

    Ian was Chief Medical Officer for Rolls-Royce plc and expert witness in hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) before retirement in 2020. A career long interest since 1987 in the clinical and legal aspects of HAVS and other vibration related disorders e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s contracture. Numerous papers published on HAVS in peer reviewed journals, 10th Edition of Hunter’s Diseases of Occupations, and 6th Edition of Fitness for Work. Past President of the Society of Occupational Medicine, a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Current Chair of SOM HAVS Special Interest Group and a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.

    Chair: Professor Kaveh Asanati

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the joining link.