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  • 07 December 2021

    Practical OH Law Certificate
    A Three-Day Virtual Course from The At Work Partnership
    Date: 7-9 December 2021

    A practical three-day qualification designed to provide occupational health professionals with an in-depth understanding of occupational health 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 director: Prof Diana Kloss, Barrister
    Expert tutors include: Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors and Emily Yeardley, Couchman Hanson solicitors

    The course topics include:
    • Introduction to OH law and the criminal law of health and safety
    • Discrimination law: key concepts and legislation
    • Consent, confidentiality and data protection in OH
    • Disability discrimination
    • Employment law and fitness for work
    • Employment tribunals

    Book and pay by 31st October and save up to £100 + VAT with our early bird rates.

    To book online and for further information, please visit:

  • 07 December 2021


    SOM Christmas Drinks and Awards at RCP in London - 6pm - 9.30pm. £25 per ticket. Members only.

    SOM members are welcome to a Christmas evening drinks reception at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 7th December.

    There is a limit of numbers of 100. The Reception will include drinks, nibbles and our annual SOM OH awards ceremony. Come along and celebrate what has been achieved by us all in a tough year, meet old friends and new in a relaxed, and picturesque setting.

    Dress: smart casual. Please bring your email ticket with you!

    Venue Address: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE.

    Liability: the SOM nor the venue is not able to take responsibility for injury or damage for persons or property.

    SOM asks anyone who feels unwell or has recently had a positive COVID-19 test to not attend. Please take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours immediately prior to the event, and we ask all attendees to follow RCP venue guidelines e.g. with regard to face masks and social distancing.


  • 13 December 2021

    The SOM Construction Special Interest Group was formed in July 2020 to produce the Construction Worker Health Assessment Guidance. A multidisciplinary team worked on the project:
    occupational health (OH) physicians and OH nurses with experience in policy and construction with input from occupational hygienists and health and safety professionals. There is currently no health assessment guidance in place
    for ‘Fitness for Work in Construction’. This is not a legal requirement but has become custom and practice for many sectors of the construction industry. It is hoped this guidance will assist OH professionals working in construction
    and guide construction professionals in the industry.

    SOM would like to acknowledge the Special Interest Group, Chaired by Professor Anne Harriss, specifically:
    Pippa Crouch, RN, SCPHN, MA (Law)
    Occupational Health Advisor
    Nichola Elvy, BSc (Hons) RGN SCPHN
    Managing Director, Building Health Ltd
    Clare Forshaw, Occupational Health &
    Hygiene Partner, Park Health & Safety
    Paul E Mulligan, RN CM BSc Hons Group
    OH Manager Kier Ltd
    Francesca Machen, RN SCPHN OH, Sarsen
    Health Ltd
    Dr Steve Malleson MBBS FFOM
    Independent Consultant Occupational
    Physician and CMO Express Medicals
    Alim John Rehman MBBS D.Occ.Med,
    FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical
    Chief Medical Officer, Medical and
    Occupational Health Services
    Nigel Roper, Dip2. OSH CMIOSH
    Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner
    Centura Group SHEQ Advisor

    Register on Eventbrite here and you will be emailed the Zoom join link.

  • 11 January 2022


    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 Ionising 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, EDF Energy and TP Health Ltd.

    The cost is £995 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


  • 20 January 2022


    Visual Impairment Confidence and Awareness Course

    It’s estimated that more than two million people in the UK live with a visual impairment that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. This number is expected to double by 2050 due to ageing, diabetes, obesity and lifestyle factors.

    By completing it, you'll expand your knowledge of visual impairment and how it affects people, both practically and emotionally. It is suitable for anyone wishing to make a difference to people living with sight loss. Remember, individuals with a visual impairment are just everyday people with sight differences.

    You’ll learn about:
    1. Sight Loss Facts and Myths
    2. Identifying Sight Loss
    3. Eye Conditions and their Effects
    4. Emotional Impacts of Sight Loss
    5. Accessibility
    6. Assistive Technologies
    7. Communicating Effectively
    8. Mobility and Sighted Guiding Techniques

    Read more and enrol at

    The cost is normally £30 per course per learner, but by using the code SOM50 at checkout, you’ll receive a 50% discount.

    If you have any questions about the course, please email

  • 24 January 2022

    Certificate in Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
    A Two-Day Course from The At Work Partnership
    Date: Mon 24 Jan 2022 (virtual) plus Wed 26/1/22 (Birmingham) OR Thurs 27/1/22 (Bristol)

    A two-day course designed to prepare students for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) Certificate in Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome examination. This training for OH professionals examines the requirements for health surveillance for a workforce exposed to hand-transmitted vibration, and the diagnosis and management of an individual with HAVS. It will provide an in-depth understanding of HAVS, and of the OH role in managing issues related to hand transmitted vibration in the workplace.

    The course is delivered both virtually and face-to-face over two days. Day One (Monday 24th January 2022) is held via Zoom. Day Two will be taught face-to-face, with the option of attending in either Birmingham (on Wednesday 26th January 2022) or Bristol (on Thursday 27th January 2022).

    Course tutor: Dr Roger Cooke, consultant in occupational medicine, and a leading expert in hand–arm vibration syndrome.

    What you will learn:

    Attendees will understand all aspects of the syllabus for HAVS competence as defined by the FOM including:

    • basic principles
    • legal background
    • workplace assessment
    • health surveillance and clinical assessment
    • occupational health action and advice

    Receive printed documentation for future reference, plus all delegates will receive a FREE copy of Hand-arm vibration syndrome: a guide for occupational health practitioners by Dr. Roger Cooke.

    EARLY BIRD RATE OFFER: Book and pay by 15th December and save up to £50 + VAT with our early bird rates.

    To book online and for further information, please visit:

  • 09 February 2022

    Preview 2022: OH Legal & Professional Update

    Wednesday 9 Feb 2022 - pm
    Thursday 10 Feb 2022 - am

    A Virtual Event from The At Work Partnership

    Are you prepared for 2022? Following a year during which COVID-19 concerns have continued, what are the legal and professional developments that will be affecting your work over the next 12 months? Preview 2022: OH Legal and Professional Update is one of The At Work Partnership's most popular annual events, attracting delegates from the UK and overseas who wish to keep up to date with all of the most recent changes in OH law and practice.

    Chaired by: Dr John Ballard, editor of Occupational Health [at Work]

    You will gain:

    • A vital update on legislation and recent case law taking you through the complexities of COVID, disability discrimination, and OH data management, consent and confidentiality – you’ll be sure you know your obligations, and how to meet them.
    • Knowledge of the legal dos and don’ts in some of the most difficult areas affecting OH professionals’ practice.
    • An update on key professional practice issues, including COVID and occupational health, SEQOHS, OH pay and benefits, as well as epilepsy.
    • The opportunity to learn about the implications of the new NMC OH nursing standards review which will affect all OH nurses, and the professional development for OH physicians.

    PLUS: you will receive printed documentation to keep for future reference.

    EARLY BIRD RATE OFFER: Book and pay before 5 January 2022 and save up to £60 + VAT with our early bird rates. Self-funded delegates from only £159 + VAT

    To book online and for further information, please visit:

  • 09 March 2022

    Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills for OH professionals 2022
    A 5 Day Virtual Course - Part One: 9-11 March 2022; Part Two: 28-29 April 2022

    A five-day virtual course designed to train OH practitioners, and allied health professionals, in the effective delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skills and techniques. With the support of Brunel University London, hundreds of occupational health professionals working in the private sector, and in the NHS and other parts of the public sector, have now undertaken this training, and their organisations have benefitted as a result.

    Benefits of attending

    This highly practical course will provide you with the skills and techniques to apply CBT to:

    • support individuals who have, or are at risk of developing, long-term mental health conditions
    • see measurable improvements in employee well-being as a direct result of your efforts

    As a result, your organisation will be able to:

    • reduce mental health related sickness absence in the workplace in a cost-effective and speedy way
    • avoid lengthy waiting times for CBT referrals
    • save money on consultancy fees

    Course tutors

    The course is led by Alan Dovey, Sharon Wilday and Paul Anthony. Alan Dovey and Sharon Wilday are consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapists and honorary clinical lecturers at the University of Birmingham. Paul Anthony is a cognitive behavioural therapist and senior clinical lecturer at Staffordshire University.

    For full course details and to book online please visit:

  • 17 March 2022

    International Practitioner Health Summit 2022: The Wounded Healer
    Hope and Healing beyond Covid-19
    Thursday 17th - Friday 18th March 2022 | Hybrid Conference - London & Virtual

    Open to all healthcare professionals, this hybrid CPD certified conference will welcome delegates from across the world attending face to face and remotely. Again, as with the first award winning, sold out conference, the speaker line up is exceptional. The medical authors, Rachel Clarke, Adam Kay, and Yumiko Kadota will be talking about their Covid experiences. England’s Chief Nursing Officer will also share her experiences and those of her profession who have worked so hard on our behalf during the pandemic. Breakout sessions for all delegates will cover topics including: International treatment models and responses, the epidemiology of distress, mental health outcomes for distressed doctors, and happy workplaces for trainees. For those who attend face to face you will be able to access an extended choice of wonderful workshops and plenty of spaces to come together.

    For further information and to book click here or email

    Follow the conference on Twitter #woundedhealer22

  • 20 March 2022

    Hybrid event. Venue if attending in person: Victoria Park, Brisbane, Australia.

    The world and work are changing, and the forthcoming ANZSOM conference will explore the key issues that have emerged for occupational medicine – Culture, Covid and Climate, while providing opportunities for knowledge and skill development across a range of topics relevant to daily practice.

    With a long-awaited opportunity to meet face-to-face, ANZSOM look forward to doing what they do best – providing a highly interactive programme including worksite visits, workshops, a mock court, CPR update and more.

    The 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting will also be offered as a hybrid event giving delegates the choice of attending in person in Brisbane or virtually from wherever they find themselves.

    Registrations are now open, with Early Bird discounts available until the 20th December 2021.

    For more information about the ANZSOM ASM 2022, visit