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  • 14 June 2021

    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 Lanre Ogunyemi & Dr Alan Bray

    Summer 2021 Course Dates (Virtual - Online):

    - June 14 – 19
    - July 5 – 9

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

  • 29 June 2021


    TP Health Ltd and AWE Plc are hosting a four day Emergency Radiation Medicine course aimed at all allied health professionals working in the field of Radiation. The course will appeal to members of OH teams working in the UK nuclear industry, health professionals working with ionising radiation or general emergency response teams in the NHS or military. The course will take place in its entirety on site at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire and has been awarded 20 CPD points by The Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    The course content will include the history of the discovery of ionising radiation, radiation physics, radiobiology, dosimetry, biological monitoring, radiation protection, radiation hazards, psychological effects of radiation incidents, and of course the treatment of acute radiation syndrome and radiological contamination. The assessment phase is underpinned by decontamination exercises, tabletop exercises of incidents and a final examination to help underpin the knowledge learned during the course. There will be a diverse faculty, with speakers from departments at AWE, the Defence Nuclear Industry, Public Health England, REAC/TS and TP Health Ltd.

    The cost is £600 to cover all 4 days with Lunch, Tea and Coffee included in the price.

    To book your place or for all enquiries please email Christy Frankum at

  • 29 June 2021

    Tuesday 29th June 0900 (UK time), 1600 (Malaysia time)

    Free and open to all 

    Chair – Dr Rikard Moen, SOM International Group Chair

    Speakers: Dr Shawaludin Husin – Malaysia; Dr Nuri Purwito Adi – Indonesia; Neelum Sanderson – Singapore

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 30 June 2021


    DRAFT PROGRAMME – SOM Conference in partnership with the SOM Scottish Group

    Online 30th June with planned evening Garden Reception at the Royal College of Physicians on 1st July

    £25 to attend (£50 for non-SOM members) - you will be emailed a Zoom link to join

    9.15am Open and Welcome - Chair - Dr Vicky Mason, SOM Council Chair

    9.20am Health is everyone's business consultation response - Jean King, Work and Health Unit 

    Q and A


    Introduction by Dr Kerry Freer, SOM Scottish Group

    Health inequality post COVID-19: the role of work and (un)employment - Professor Sir Harry Burns

    10.30am Clinical essentials update 1

    Chair - Prof Kaveh Asanati FFOM Consultant Occupational Physician & Visiting Professor in Occupational Health, Imperial College London and SOM Education Panel Chair

    -    OH learning zone - Dr Julian Eyears

    -    Common Mental Health Disorders - Dr W Wojcik 

    -    OH and new Technologies - Dr Julian Eyears

    11.30am Annual Thackrah Lecture - Sarah Newton, HSE Chair

    Q and A

    12.30-1.15pm Lunch and poster walk

    1.15-2.15pm Neurodiversity round table - separately hosted by Lexxic (Zoom login tbc)

    Chair - Dr Rikard Moen, SOM International Chair 

    2.15-3.15pm Clinical essentials update 2

    Chair - Christine Poulter, SOM Hon Clinical Adviser

    -    Health surveillance - Dr Jon Spiro

    -    HAVS update - Dr Roger Cooke

    -    Occupational Health Leadership - Dr Jenny Napier 

    3.15-3.30pm Break

    3.30-5pm Clinical essentials update 3

    Chair - Dr Will Ponsonby, Past President, SOM

    -    Legal update - Elise Turner

    -    Psychological PPE for health care workers - Prof Neil Greenberg

    -    The wellbeing evidence base challenge - Prof Sir Cary Cooper 


  • 30 June 2021

    Free webinar run by Lexxic during the SOM Conference, between 1.15 and 2.15pm. After this webinar, please log back in to the SOM Conference.


    1.15-1.20 Chair's introduction - Dr Rikard Moen

    1.20-1.35 An introduction to neurodiversity in the workplace - Aidan Healy, Lexxic

    - The evolving neurodiversity paradigm

    - Why senior leaders in organisations should invest in neurodiversity

    - Why neurodiversity should be on the agenda of OH professionals

    1.35-1.50 Good practice in empowering neurodiverse talent

    - Andrew Kinder - Mental Health

    - Karen Phillpotts - Occupational Therapy

    - Cabella Lowe - MSK/Physiotherapy

    - Types of services available

    - Referral pathways

    - Common adjustments implemented in the workplace

    1.50-2.00 Q&A

    2.00-2.10 Canvass/Feedback from members on future activities

    2.10-2.15 Chair's closing remarks

    Register here.

  • 01 July 2021

    How can we build back better – the new world of work - free webinar for OH awareness week

    How can we support employees returning to the workplace and those working for home. How can HR and line managers avoid ill health in employees and improve business performance?

    Chair: Nick Pahl, CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine

    Views from leaders in sector

    -    CIPD    'What HR can do to manage absence and reduce presenteeism' - Rachel Suff - confirmed

    -    IES Stephen Bevan, IES - confirmed

    -    FSB   What small businesses are looking for going forward in terms of health and wellbeing at work?  Confirmed – tbc name   

    -    How Occupational Health supports your business needs - Dr Doreen Miller – confirmed

    Rachel Suff Rachel leads on the CIPD’s public policy work for employment relations and health and wellbeing, and is a policy and research professional with over 25 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena. She has led a range of policy and research studies about employment relations and health and wellbeing at work, including the CIPD’s annual Health and wellbeing at work survey report and represents the CIPD on key Government and external advisory groups.  Rachel is a qualified HR practitioner and researcher with an MSc in Human Resource Management; her prior roles include working as a senior policy adviser at Acas.  

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 06 July 2021

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

    Certificate in Managing Mental Health at Work
    6-8 July 2021, A virtual event

    A practical qualification from The At Work Partnership 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

    > Evidence review of workplace interventions
    > Devising a workplace strategy
    > Controlling risks
    > Guidance on how OH professionals can manage cases
    > The OH consultation: best practice
    > Responding to trauma
    > Alcohol and substance misuse
    > Assessing fitness for work
    > The duty to make reasonable adjustments
    > Ensuring legal compliance
    > Keeping people productively in work and ensuring successful return to work

    Book and pay by 15 May 2021 to save £100 + VAT with our early bird rates.

    For further information, please click here.

  • 14 July 2021

    FREE Webinar. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join.

    Thinking Differently about Neurodiversity at Work

    When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as any other human variation. This includes people with differences like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (DCD), Dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD. Approximately 15% of the population of the UK and Ireland are neurodiverse - representing a significant proportion of existing staff, job applicants and customers.

    Expectations are growing for organisations to report on, act on, and advocate for neurodiversity in their workplaces. The unique strengths and talents of neurodiverse individuals also remain largely untapped. But what does positive change in an organisation look like in practice?

    Specifically, we will cover;

    • An introduction to neurodiversity in the workplace

    • Employers duty of care under the law

    • Making the business case and getting buy-in from senior leaders

    • How managers can recruit and empower neurodiverse talent

    • Good practice examples of change in D&I at an organisational level

    • Q&A

    Speaker Bio:

    Aidan Healy

    Aidan Healy a Business Psychologist and the CEO of Lexxic. He is on a mission to create a working world where all minds belong. He has fifteen years of experience in people development roles holding qualifications in psychology, leadership development and coaching.

    Lexxic are a specialist consultancy who are leaders in the field of neurodiversity in the workplace. Now a team of 25 people, they work as trusted advisors to over 200 organisations each year throughout the UK and Ireland. With a thirteen-year track record, they partner with organisations to empower neurodiverse talent and help them develop cultures that are neurodiversity friendly.

    Register on Eventbrite here.


  • 28 July 2021

    Why does equality, diversity and inclusion matter in OH leadership?

    How can we in OH best engage the leadership skills, talents and perspectives of diverse practitioners to maximise quality and effectiveness?

    Join us for this panel discussion led by Dr Sheetal Chavda, and including Sade Adenekan, Netsai Chirenda, and Emma Persand to consider not only how inclusion and equality impact on health outcomes, but also how organisations with more diverse leadership can outperform those with a narrower demographic at board level.

    Chair: Dr Sheetal Chavda

    Dr Sheetal Chavda is a Consultant Occupational Physician and working as Deputy Regional Medical Director at Health Management Ltd and CMO for London Fire Brigade. She is also Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) board member, member of Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and Chair of EDI Taskforce within SOM


    Dr Sade Adenekan , Assistant UK Occupational Health Manager – ExxonMobil. A UK accredited specialist in Public Health, Travel & Occupational Medicine, Sade has over 30 years’ experience in health services and health care management. She worked within the National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years before retraining in Occupational Medicine and now oversees two clinical teams within the Oil & Gas industry.

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 09 August 2021

    FOM Approved DipOccMedCourse

    An extensive two week Faculty of Occupational Medicine approved Diploma in Occupational Medicine course that will teach you everything you need to know about occupational health in the workplace. 

    Delivered by an expert panel of Occupational Health Physicians (Dr Tok Hussain, Dr Dil Sen, Dr John Hobson, Dr Shahed Khan, Dr Philip McIlroy), and supported by HealthWork nurses, senior executives from local organisations along with input from Prof. Diana Kloss. Full details here.

    The course will be delivered over two week blocks. The first week will be 9th-13th August 2021 and the second week is 30th August-3rd September 2021.

    The full cost of the course is £2400.00. Book your place here.

    If you are a SOM member at the time of booking the course, you are eligible for a 10% course discount - email for the discount code.

    If you are not a SOM member at the time of booking the DOccMed Course, you are eligible for a 20% discount on full SOM membership. For more information, please email