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  • 19 May 2022


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

    In this exclusive webinar, Monica Garcia will look at:

    -    What have we learnt from income protection as to what works?

    -    What is best practice for insurers?

    -    Why is an early intervention approach more cost effective?


    Monica Garcia BSc, MSc Health Psych.

    Director at MGC

    Monica is a Disability Insurance and Workplace Wellbeing Consultant, bringing a combination of clinical, vocational, research, and insurance experience, to promote and champion best practice in the UK’s Income Protection (IP) market. Through her work with insurers, employers, and third-party providers, Monica leads the development of evidence-based health initiatives to improve customers’ wellness and work outcomes.

    Chair: Dr John Sutherland

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


  • 24 May 2022


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

    It’s the Economy, Stupid!* Why Occupational Physicians MUST take wider social factors into account.”

    Occupational physicians are well versed in the biopsychosocial model. We know that medical diagnoses do not predict disability, or whether a person is at work. We know that the individual's perception is the key determinant. 

    But there is strong evidence that using the biopsychosocial model at an individual level is no more valid than relying on the traditional biomedical approach. Major societal changes in the last 1-2 generations provide a more compelling explanation for current incapacity. We will explore these, and the implications for OH practice.

    *Bill Clinton’s second most famous quote.


    Dr Charlie Vivian

    Charlie Vivian is a consultant occupational physician. He set up Icarus Health Solutions in January 2012. He delivers contracted OH services to a variety of organisations.

    Most of his clinical work focuses on complex cases. He has undertaken hundreds of independent medical examinations for income protection and total and permanent disability. He also provides ill health retirement assessments for a number of police forces, private organisations and the NHS.

    For over 10 years, his key interest has been building his understanding on whether individual reactions to illness are more important than the medical diagnosis itself. However, he is increasingly convinced that wider social and political changes are the key factors for the explosion of incapacity rates in the last 30 years. This applies to both physical and psychological illness.

    Chair: Dr Jeya Balakrishna

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


  • 25 May 2022

    Make A Difference Events and the Evening Standard are partnering to launch a free-to-attend exhibition and conference for workplace wellbeing professionals at London’s Olympia on 25-26th May 2022. 

    The Watercooler, named in recognition of those crucial moments of connection between employees, sets out to demonstrate that wellbeing IS the future of work. The event will feature 5,000+ workplace wellbeing professionals, 150+ best in class suppliers, and 100+ hours of expert-led free learning.

    Register here.

  • 22 June 2022

    Join us at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for the SOM/FOM joint annual scientific meeting - for all OH professionals. A wonderful opportunity for old friends and new to gather together again in-person (COVID protocols will be in place according to the latest Government guidance).

    The programme, details of social events and accommodation information is here.

    Registration is now open - Register here. 

    Any organisation interested in exhibiting should contact Rebecca at

  • 28 June 2022

    Certificate in OH Case Management
    28-30th June 2022, A Virtual Course

    Do you want to develop your approach to case management? Then join us for a practical three-day qualification designed to train occupational health and other professionals, in the theory and practice of case management skills.

    Conducted virtually via zoom, the course will help you develop a solid understanding of case management concepts that can be used to help your organisation improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes.

    Benefits of attending for you and your organisation

    You will gain:

    • A comprehensive understanding of the importance of the role that OH can play as case management coordinator
    • A detailed knowledge of the biopsychosocial model and how it can be used to identify obstacles to job retention or return-to-work
    • A structured approach to case management, from drawing up return-to-work and job-retention plans, to putting these into practice and evaluating their success
    • In-depth comprehension of the theory and practical skills required to manage complex cases, from chronic conditions to mental health
    • Guidance on legal obligations

    Our expert speakers

    The course brings together some of the top experts in their fields including Professor Kim Burton, one of the founders of the biopsychosocial and ‘flags’ approach, the course director and leading OH physician, Dr Nerys Williams.

    For full course details and to book online please visit:

    EARLY BIRD RATE OFFER: Book and pay before 3 May 2022 and save £100 + VAT

  • 04 July 2022
    Northern Ireland

    SOM NMC Confirmer Training for OH nurses – Belfast – 4th July

     SOM is pleased to be offering confirming training, led by Professor Anne Harris and with the support of SOM’s strategic clinical advisor, Christine Poulter.

    It will prepare NMC registrants to undertake a role as a revalidation confirmer. It’s objectives are to explore:

    -    The rationale that underpins the process of NMC revalidation

    -    The NMC Practice and CPD requirements required to maintain registration

    -    The responsibilities of the registrant and confirmer

    -    The process including paperwork

    Cost: £80 for SOM members (£100 non SOM members)


    Health Matters

    Unit 3 College House,

    Citylink Business Park,

    Durham Street,


    BT12 4HQ

  • 11 July 2022


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

    Dr Mike Oliver – Workplace Sleep Ambassador Programme Manager

    Session title: Fatigue in the workplace - covering the importance of sleep, the impact sleep deprivation has on health and wellbeing and in the workplace, spotting the signs of fatigue in colleagues/employees and how to take action.

    Bio: A registered Health Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist, Mike transitioned from working in the corporate sector to being a healthcare professional. Mike’s view is that we spend so much of our time at work that collectively and individually we should be doing as much as we can to be healthy and happy during that time. In his corporate career, Mike held senior positions in large multinational organisations, primarily focusing on organisational change management. He retrained to become a Health Psychologist whilst working in a Public Health team managing an extensive workplace health and wellbeing programme. It was during this time that Mike heard from so many people and organisations about how sleep, or the lack of good sleep, was affecting health as well as productivity. The combination of organisational change management and growing expertise in the subject of sleep help to make Mike an ideal person to manage The Sleep Charity’s Workplace Sleep Ambassador programme. He is really looking forward to working with individuals and organisations to help them make a success of their involvement in this important initiative.

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


  • 01 September 2022


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

    In this exclusive webinar, Jo Feary will present a number of clinical cases, including both short and long latency disease, seen in the Lungs At Work clinic in recent months.


    Jo is an NHS Respiratory Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College. This is a combination of roles that allows her to carry out clinical work and research and teaching. She sees patients with a range of different occupational lung diseases and patients with severe and difficult-to-treat asthma. She regularly publishes peer-reviewed papers in journals and has authored a number of book chapters. She is Chair of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group on Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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


  • 07 November 2022


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

    As evidence grows about the benefits of musculoskeletal health within the education sector for teachers and our future generation of workers, hear first-hand from our speaker, Lorna Taylor, about latest research, interventions and signposting to support your practice and be able to share with others.

    Lorna Taylor is a Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapist working within early years and primary education settings. Lorna is an active campaigner for improved musculoskeletal health and wellbeing in the education sector. She created “Jolly Back” in 2010, is currently involved with research into MSDs in early years with the University of Derby and has written workplace guidance with the HSE. She is also the UK ambassador for ENETOSH (European Network for Education in Occupational Safety and Health).

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


  • 14 November 2022

    A FOM approved course in preparation for the FOM Diploma in Occupational Medicine (DOccMed).

    The course covers:

    - The Diploma Examination 
    - How to write the Diploma Portfolio (workplace risk assessment and clinical case) 
    - Occupational health: principles, concepts, and services 
    - Effects of work on health 
    - Legal aspects in occupational health 
    - Principles of occupational hygiene, toxicology, ergonomics, epidemiology and their applications 
    - Assessment of fitness to work 
    - Rehabilitation, redeployment, and ill health retirement 
    - Assessing workplace risks 
    - Health surveillance 
    - Risk control and management 
    - The physical working environment (noise, vibration, radiation, temperature) 
    - Absence management 
    - Investigation of clinical cases 
    - Conducting workplace visits and ranking of risks
    - Tendering for occupational health services

    Course Leaders: Dr L Ogunyemi, Dr A Bray and Dr S Sadhra

    Course Dates: 14th – 18th November 2022 and 5th – 9th December 2022  (Virtual – Online)

    To view further information and to register your interest, please click here.