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  • 28 March 2019
    West Midlands

    Venue: Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport

    This 2 day course offers training to those working in respiratory physiology/medicine with an interest in occupational asthma, or those currently working in occupational health. It covers the core investigations into occupational asthma, how to perform and interpret them, with a case-based approach throughout. You will need a good foundation knowledge and experience in spirometry.

    More information can be found here.

    To apply, please email

  • 02 April 2019
    North West

    CIPD Manchester event in collaboration with the British Psychological Society & the Society of Occupational Medicine

    Venue: Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Eversheds House, 70 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5ES

    The evidence base for psychological well-being (PWB) in organisations in four different areas (S1)

    1. the impact of PWB on individual health;

    2. the impact of PWB on individual and organisational outcomes;

    3. the factors that influence PWB in organisational settings;

    4. the types of interventions and their effectiveness.

    Are Workplace Well-being Interventions Cost-Effective? (S2)

    There is increasing interest in interventions in the workplace which can raise employee well-being. This session will cover methods for comparing the well-being benefits of such interventions with their costs, and hence for deciding whether or not an intervention is justified.

    The session will briefly review existing methods of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis and then present a new method for evaluating cost-effectiveness with subjective well-being as the outcome. It will demonstrate a new Excel-based cost-effectiveness tool, using a worked example based on a published study of a workplace intervention. The session will conclude with a discussion of the requirements for building cost-effectiveness into future intervention studies and trials.

    Download the event brochure here.

    SOM members can book at the special discounted rate of £55. For the link to the discounted rate please email 

    For more information about the event and to book your place at the standard rate (if you are a non-member), please click here

  • 05 April 2019

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

    Scope and Topics: - The impact of drugs and alcohol in the workplace – A look at UK and international statistics. - What goes into a robust policy? – Similar to an exam essay plan, there are key areas the policy and associated procedures must detail. - Is there a place for testing? – Is having a policy sufficient to get compliance or is testing helpful to prove compliance? - Which biological sample should be used? – Urine is the longstanding biological sample for drug testing, however oral fluid is gaining popularity, what are the pros and cons? - The role of the Medical Review Officer – The safety net by which employers and employees alike rely on to interpret the drug tests accurately.

    Helen Vangikar is an independent Toxicology Consultant who has worked in the field of analytical chemistry and toxicology since 1988 (   Since 1994, Helen has developed a number of training courses, including her well respected Medical Review Officer (MRO) courses gaining Faculty of Occupational Medicine accreditation, for occupational health professionals.  These courses have been delivered to UK and International delegates, within the UK and overseas.    In addition to delivering her MRO training sessions, Helen works as an independent Technical Assessor for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and works with organisations to develop and introduce their drug and alcohol policies.

    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.

  • 16 April 2019

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

    This webinar will look at confidentiality in occupational health and will focus on the OH professional’s legal and ethical duty of confidence. Professor Diana Kloss will discuss the GDPR, the Data Protection Act and the common law, and the recently updated ethics guidance of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    Professor Diana Kloss MBE, hon FFOM, is a barrister practising in Manchester and a former employment tribunal judge. She is the author of Occupational Health Law, Discrimination Law in Occupational Health Practice, chapters in Hunter’s Diseases of Occupations and Fitness for Work, and a regular column in Occupational Health at Work. She is an hon Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, a member of the Faculty’s ethics committee and a contributor to the recently updated ethics guidance. Diana has three academic appointments, at Manchester University, London South Bank University and Cardiff University.

    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.

  • 17 April 2019

    Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019, 1.30-5.00pm

    Venue: The London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, The Hardy Room, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS

    With a range of informative talks throughout the day, this half-day event will assist people working in occupational health roles to review how they are handling personal data one year on from the new GDPR legislation changes.

    From assessing employees’ fitness to work, sick pay entitlement and holiday pay, nuanced confidentiality and consent issues affect occupational health workers and employers. 

    Our speakers will help you navigate the impact of these changes and provide a useful Q&A session to close the day.

    Guest speakers:

    - Michael Rourke – The Law Relating to GDPR

    - Sue Carty – Technical Aspects of Implementation

    - Prof. Diana Kloss MBE – Consent and Confidentiality

    - Dr Lucy Wright – Chief Medical Officer, Optima Health

    SOM members can book at the discounted rate of £99

    Standard rate for non-members: £125

    Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in.

    3.5 CPD points accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

  • 25 April 2019

    SOM Scottish Regional Group Spring Meeting - General Medical Update, now featuring the launch of the 6th edition of "Fitness for Work"

    Date: Thursday 25th April 2019, 0930-1630

    Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RJ

    Please join us for our full day Spring Meeting.  This is a cost effective, friendly, fun and inclusive day.  The programme will cover informative talks covering general medical issues which impact on fitness for work and are commonly seen in Occupational Health practice.

    A highlight will be a free prize draw on the day with the winner receiving a copy of "Fitness for Work", signed by Anne de Bono, President FOM.  Although no books will be available to purchase at the meeting, flyers will be available enabling attendees to purchase a copy at discount from the publisher.

    The aim is to assist Occupational Health Professionals in keeping their general medical knowledge up to date in the ever evolving world of medicine.  Click here to view the full programme.  

    The cost to attend the meeting is £70 for SOM members and £90 for non-members.  Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in.

    (If your employer is paying on your behalf and you are unable to make payment online, please contact

  • 01 May 2019
    West Midlands


    Location: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SE

    A multidisciplinary symposium which aims to explore how Good Work for Good Health can be influenced and supported.

    Understanding the meaning of Good Work and what role you can play as a Practitioner is essential when supporting people into and back to work. In 2006 Waddell and Burton identified that work could be good for individuals’ health if the work was good. The importance of Good Work and job quality has since been extended for example, with research by the Work Foundation that seeks to support Good Work practices for both workers and employers. This research will be shared at the symposium.

    In addition, the Taylor Report of Modern Working Practices was published in 2017. In response to this report, the Carnegie UK Trust have put forward recommendations for a framework to measure Good Work. This framework will be considered at this symposium and include aspects of health, safety and psychosocial wellbeing.

    To access the full programme and to book your place please click here.

  • 10 May 2019
    Central Southern England

    The next Central Southern SOM meeting and AGM will be held on Friday 10th May, 12.15 to 16.45.

    The programme is currently being put together, but please save the date now! It will be held at Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel, Chilworth, Southampton, Hants, SO16 7PT.

    So far the programme will include an ophthalmology clinical update as well as other topics of general interest. As usual we will start with lunch which is a good opportunity for networking. We will be joined by the CEO of SOM, Nick Pahl for the meeting and AGM. 

    Further details on how to book for this meeting will follow as soon as all of the speakers have confirmed. 

  • 17 May 2019
    Northern Ireland

    Key Issues in Occupational Health

    Date: Friday 17th May

    Please note change of venue: William Legge Room, Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

    A multidisciplinary day for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and health and safety professionals in Northern Ireland and Ireland, with an interest in occupational health.

    Speakers include:

    - Professor Anne Harriss - Good work: how do we know?

    - Mary Doran - Delivering robust leadership and management within an OH practice

    - Professor Diana Kloss MBE - Occupational health: key legal issues you need to know

    - Dr D Griffiths - Fitness to Drive

    To view the programme please click here.

    The cost to attend is £45 for SOM members, £80 for non-members. Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in.

    3.5 CPD points accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

  • 22 May 2019

    Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London

    This meeting will develop skills in the management of the older worker, including co-morbidities, driving, mental health issues and potential increased health risks.

    To introduce the day, Tabitha Jay, Director of the DWP/DHSC Work and Health Unit will give a UK Government perspectiveOther speakers include:

    - Professor Ewan Macdonald of Glasgow University

    - Patrick Thomson, of the Centre for Better Ageing

    - Dr Karla Greenberg, on mental health in older age 

    - Dr Jeannette Lynch of DVLA on practical issues relating to driving

    Highlights include two international experts:

    -Baroness Greengross, delivering the SOM annual Apothecaries Lecture and

    - Professor Hans Martin Hasselhorn of the University of Wuppertal, Germany

    By the end of the day, delegates will have developed their knowledge of:

    - How occupational health practitioners can manage older people at work better, including improved clinical knowledge of issues such as frailty, cognitive function and co-morbidities

    - The current UK policy position towards older people at work 

    SOM members can book at reduced rates: Consultant/GP - £84 (standard rate £140); AHP/Nurse - £78 (standard rate £130); Trainee - £42 (standard rate £70). To receive the SOM promotional code please email

    For more information about the event and to book your place, please click here.