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  • 05 August 2019

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

    Healthcare professionals are at greater risk of burnout than most other employee groups. This webinar aims to provide an overview of the occupational, organisational and individual causes of burnout and its implications for health, withdrawal behaviours and job performance. Holistic approaches to tackling burnout at the individual, team and organisational level will be considered. Participants will gain an understanding of the following issues:

    What is burnout?

    How burnout can manifest itself

    The occupational, organisational and individual risk factors for burnout

    The impact of burnout on health, retention and job performance

    How burnout can be identified and managed from a multi-level perspective.

    Gail Kinman is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. Gail has published widely in the field of occupational health psychology, with a particular focus on the wellbeing of people who work in emotionally demanding professions. For the past 10 years, Gail has been developing a systemic approach to enhancing emotional resilience in health and social care staff.

    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.

  • 21 August 2019

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

    This webinar will cover where we are now, why we are here and where we might be going with fit notes as well as outlining some practical hints and tips for all people involved; both now and in future.

    The heading on a fit note makes it perfectly clear that it is a “Statement of Fitness for Work For social security or Statutory Sick Pay”. Many argue that the problems relating to the whole process for sickness absence in the UK would benefit from adherence to this intended role! In reality, the fit note utilised as a vehicle for communication of a variety of differing roles for a number of stakeholders. Within the next few months, the process of sickness certification is due to evolve as the Improving Lives 3-year project comes to fruition.

    Rob Hampton is a GP working in OH. Rob worked as a GP Partner for many years before becoming freelance in 2012. Working across 2 practices, his portfolio includes extended roles in musculoskeletal care, substance misuse and occupational medicine. He is one of three Medical Champions for Health & Work at Public Health England. 

    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.

  • 04 September 2019
    West Midlands

    Booking now open - NHS Health at Work Annual Conference

    Venue: Chesford Grange Hotel, near Kenilworth

    Date: 4-5th September 2019

    More information available here.

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  • 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

    The training will be delivered by Legal Experience Training. The tutor will be a solicitor or barrister who is also experienced in delivering skills based interactive training.

    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).

  • 13 September 2019

    We are delighted to announce the opening of bookings for our exciting Autumn Meeting, to be held on 13th September 2019 at The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ. Please find details below:

    The Society of Occupational Medicine Scottish Group Autumn Meeting 2019 - to view the programme please click here. The Meeting closes at 4.30pm and is followed by the Scottish Group AGM (4.30-5.30pm).

    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 on the SOM website.

    The Meeting and AGM will be followed by a three course Dinner at New Chapter, 18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh EH3 5EP. The cost to attend the dinner is £60 per person. Please note, dinner places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Menus will be emailed to registrants prior to the event and we will inform the venue of your menu choices.

  • 16 September 2019

    The Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) conference, organised by The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is the leading international conference on skin exposure bringing together experts from wide ranging fields including occupational hygiene, health and safety, dermatology, skin research and consumer fields.

    The focus of the 8th OEESC conference to be held at Pillo Hotel, Dublin, the Republic of Ireland is to bring together expertise and latest knowledge to share and discuss a range of issues with the aim of reducing skin exposure and improving health.

    The programme combines plenary sessions that will be inspiring and thought-provoking, scientific and technical sessions, and more practical aspects that will be useful for those concerned with reducing ill health due to skin exposure both in and out of the workplace.

    The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, regulators, dermatologists, health and safety professionals, occupational health advisers, occupational hygienists, toxicologists, product formulators and other experts from around the world to discuss the very latest issues that affect skin exposure management.

    Sessions will include:

    •             Worker education and behaviour change including a practical workshop

    •             Clinical case studies

    •             Keynote and session on emergency response and skin decontamination

    •             Risk assessment panel discussion

    •             Toxicology, looking at sensitisation, irritancy and cancer endpoints

    •             Keynotes on the skin microbiome and oxidative stress/DNA damage

    For more information and to book your place please click here

  • 17 September 2019

    Following on from the success of the 2017 Aircraft Cabin Air Conference, the 2019 conference will be an essential two-day event at Imperial College, London. Providing excellent networking opportunities for those seeking to understand the subject of contaminated air, the flight safety implications, the latest scientific and medical evidence investigating the contaminated air debate and the solutions available to airlines and aircraft operators.

    This international conference mapping the business, regulatory and technical solutions to cabin air contamination will be the most in-depth conference ever held on this topic.

    SOM members receive a 10% discount. Please email for the discount code. Please note, this is not a SOM event.

    For more information and to register, please click here.

    The SOM is not responsible for the content of external events available to the public. The views and opinions expressed at external events are not necessarily those held by the SOM.

  • 23 September 2019

    SOM event in partnership with the National School of Occupational Health

    Venue: Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DN

    Free to attend. Places are limited.

    This event will provide information about careers in occupational health:

    - What OH is and what disciplines there are, e.g. Doctor, Nurse, Technician

    - Routes of entry

    - Meet OH organisations looking for talent. Find out about the type of work they do, what they are looking for and how you can fill your skills gap

    - Meet OH recruiters and see what vacancies they have

    - Network with other professionals, new graduates and students from across the UK

    - Talk to the team from the SOM

    Who can attend?

    This event is aimed at anyone looking to find out more about a career in occupational health and medicine. It would help:

    - Those interested to move into a career in OH, e.g. Doctors, Nurses, OH Technicians, Physiotherapists and Psychologists

    - Those whose jobs require them to upskill and take on responsibility for OH

  • 02 October 2019

    Certificate in OH Case Management

    2-4 October 2019

    Central London

    A practical three day qualification from The At Work Partnership, run with the support of Brunel University London. This highly regarded certificate programme is designed to train occupational health and other professionals in the theory and practice of case management skills – in order to improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes.

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

            - Making the case for OH case management

            - Applying the biopsychosocial model in your OH practice

            - Case management in practice

            - Motivational interviewing and communication skills

            - Difficult cases

            - Long-term conditions

             -Mental health case management

             -Legal framework

    Special offer - save £100 + VAT for bookings paid by 10 August 2019.

    For further information regarding the event, please click here.

    For the full event brochure, please click here.

  • 09 October 2019

    Joint DOP and SOM event, free entry to SOM members and the general public. Registration deadline: 2nd October.

    The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) are working together to raise awareness of mental health within the work environment.

    This is the third year that we are addressing specific mental health concerns.

    Our inaugural seminar in 2017 considered the challenges and solutions around mental health at work.

    The 2018 seminar focused specifically on ‘caring for the carers’, more specifically how health and social care professionals can best be supported to ensure a healthy and satisfying career.

    This year’s seminar focuses on those individuals who are working remotely, flexibly and precariously; those organisations that employ them; and assessing how they can be supported more effectively. A particular focus is on the gig economy, lone workers, and those who work within micro businesses.

    The event’s diverse speakers will provide context to the occupational health concerns of these groups of workers. While it is accepted that work is good for individuals, it is even more important to ensure that workers have the resources they need to function more effectively within the workplace, regardless of how they work, where they work and the type of work they do. 

    We hope that this seminar adds to the knowledge base of understanding what contributes to the overall well-being of this group of workers and provide the context in which they can be supported more fully.

    Register now