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  • 28 May 2019
    North West

    The date of the next North West Group meeting is now confirmed as Tuesday 28th May, and the venue is The Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB. Timings are as follows:

    Refreshments on arrival

    14.00 Welcome, and Chair for the afternoon, Lyndsey Marchant

    14.05 Cleaning agents and asthma, Dr Martin Seed THOR Manchester University

    14.45 Producing excellent OH reports, Jane Coombs

    15.30 OH and reproductive health in women, Emma Persand

    16.00 Q & A

    Tea and break

    SOM North West AGM

    1. Apologies for absence

    2. Minutes of last meeting

    3. Chair's report 

    4. Treasurer's report

    5. SOM presentation - Nick Pahl, SOM CEO  

    6. Nominations for office holders 2019-20

    7. Date of next meeting

    Drinks reception

    2 CPD points accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Please confirm your attendance by email to

    The event is free to attend. Non SOM members are welcome to attend as a taster.

  • 04 June 2019

    A new practical three-day qualification from The At Work Partnership, run with the support of Brunel University London from the 04th June 2019- 06th June 2019, designed to give OH professionals the in-depth knowledge, strategies, skills and techniques to successfully manage mental health at work.

    Course director and chair: Dr Nerys Williams, independent occupational physician

    How will gaining this qualification benefit you and your organisation?

    You will gain:
    - A comprehensive understanding of the effectiveness of different strategies/interventions that organisations can adopt – so that you can review what will work in your workplace
    - Detailed knowledge and practical skills to manage specific cases including an in-depth understanding of different conditions
    - The ability to assess the severity of a condition and its impact on a person’s job – so that you can recommend the best interventions to put in place for a particular case
    - Enhanced skills and knowledge to use during OH consultations and in giving advice to managers
    - In-depth understanding of reasonable adjustments in practice
    - Advice on tools, resources and action plans
    - Guidance on the relevant law

    Gaining this qualification will help you to employ the right strategies and interventions to successfully manage mental health in your workplace and create a more engaged and productive workforce.

    Book and pay by 15 April 2019 and save £100 + VAT!

    To find out more and make a booking, please click here


  • 05 June 2019

    Three Musketeers - HAVS; Pension; GDPR

    We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our spring meeting and AGM, to be held on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Fire Service Headquarters, Oakroyd Hall, Birkenshaw, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD11 2DY. Please find details below:

    10.00 - 11.15 - HAVS by Dr Jon Poole

    11.15 - 11.30 - Break

    11.30 - 12.30 - Ill Health Retirement by Dr Jon Poole

    12.30 - 13.15 - AGM

    13.15 - 13.45 - Lunch

    13.45 - 14.45 - GDPR for OH by Dr Lucy Wright

    14.45 - 15.00 - Break

    15.00 - 16.00 - NHS Pension Scheme by Dr Mark Room

    Places are available on a first come, first served basis, and a place is only guaranteed by immediate payment in full to the SOM bank account.

    Please note, the venue is not a hotel therefore lunch and refreshments will be basic. The Fire Service are providing their rooms FOC. A map of the venue is available here.

    There is free parking at Fire Service HQ, accessed from the Whitehall Road West (A58) entrance. Delegates should park in the main car park and present to reception by 09.45. Late attendees are not guaranteed admittance.

    5 CPD points are available. The cost to attend is £30. Payment must be made by BACSPlease use your name as the payment reference. Non SOM members are welcome to attend as a taster session.


  • 10 June 2019

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

    This exclusive webinar will draw on the findings of an IFF Research survey of private providers of occupational health (OH), commissioned by the Work and Health Unit (WHU), a joint unit between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The survey aimed to speak to as many private providers of OH (i.e. excluding NHS provided services) across the UK as possible.

    The webinar will profile private providers of occupational health (OH), answering these and other questions:

    What services do private providers of occupational health (OH) tend to offer, and who commissions these? What is their capacity for delivering these services?

    What is their workforce profile, and are they experiencing any skills shortages?

    To what extent do they interact with line managers and other employer representatives; and with NHS provision?

    This webinar will be presented by Angus Tindle Director of IFF Research and Zainab Hazel, Senior Research Executive.

    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.

  • 12 June 2019

    We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for a regional meeting for the London Society of Occupational Medicine Group. SOM members outside of the London region are also warmly invited to the meeting. This will be held at TFL Building - Seacole Room, 1st Floor, 200 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TJ on Wednesday 12th June at 1300-1630. Lunch will be provided (please advise SOM of any dietary requirements).

    The programme "Leadership and Management in Occupational Health” will include the following speakers:

              •        Dr John Hobson, Managing Director of Hobson Health

              •        Ms Nichola Elvy, Managing Director of Building Health

              •        Dr Rikard Moen, Head of Occupational Health for TFL

    They will be talking on matters such as tendering for contracts, running a successful OH Practice as well as ROI and sustainability in corporate wellbeing programmes. 

    Please could you let Emma Giblin (Secretary) know as soon as possible if you would like to attend, and also advise of any dietary requirements

    Cost £20 including lunch. Free for Occupational Health Registrars. Please pay by 7th June 2019, please use your name as the reference when making BACs payment.

  • 14 June 2019

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

    Scope and Topics: - This webinar will be conducted by Pooja Sudera, a Business Psychologist for Lexxic Ltd to give an understanding of what neurodiversity is, including an overview of Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) & Dyscalculia, Autism Spectrum Conditions and ADHD. There will be an explanation of the assessment and screening procedures for the different neurodiverse conditions along with the best practice approach to supporting both adults and line managers in the workplace.

    Pooja has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is working towards The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Chartered status in Occupational Psychology. She is a qualified BPS qualified test user and holds membership with The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). She is an experienced Psychologist and has worked in the field of neurodiversity for both private and government organisations. At Lexxic Ltd she is a senior member of the team and works with adults that have a neurodiverse condition and provides psychological services to these individuals to help them reach their true potential. Pooja is passionate about promoting employee well-being and has worked with organisations and line managers to raise awareness of neurodiverse conditions to help promote diversity and improve organisational policy.

    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 June 2019
    S Wales and W of England

    SOM/FOM Conference: Occupational Health 2019

    17-19th June 2019, Bristol

    Brought to you by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM). Join us in Bristol on 17-19th June at this key multi-disciplinary conference for occupational health professionals.

    Early bird registration is open now until 1st May, alongside special rates for nurses, physiotherapists, trainees and students. Book your place now.

    Enquiries: please email

    Visit the official website here.


  • 08 July 2019

    8th - 10th July 2019

    Course director: Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    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.

    This qualification is organised by The At Work Partnership with the support of Brunel University London.

    Course overview:

    Introduction to OH law, Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    Discrimination law – an overview, Emily Yeardley, BakerLaw LLP

    Consent, confidentiality and data protection in OH, Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    Disability discrimination and ill health at work, Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Employment law and fitness for work, Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    Employment tribunals, Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Book and pay by 10 May 2019 and save £100 + VAT!

    More information available here.

  • 04 September 2019
    West Midlands

    Save the date - NHS Health at Work Annual Conference

    Venue: Chesford Grange Hotel, near Kenilworth

    Date: 4-5th September 2019

    Email for enquiries:

    More information to follow.

  • 10 September 2019

    SOM event in partnership with Valentine OH

    Date: Tuesday 10th September 2019

    Time: 10.00 - 17.30 

    Venue: Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DG

    This training is for Occupational Health Practitioners (OHP) to equip them with a toolkit of essential legal knowledge, practical skills and the confidence to keep Best Practice Records and Management Referral Reports. The training is fun, innovative and interactive with practical case studies on records and reports, discussions and role play.

    Lunch is provided.

    To view full details please click here.

    The cost to attend is £222 for SOM members, £258 for non-members. Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in (please log in BEFORE making your booking).