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  • 04 February 2020

    16th annual OH update from The At Work Partnership
    Preview 2020: OH Legal & Professional Update
    Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Central London

    Chaired by Dr John Ballard, editor of Occupational Health [at Work]
    Legal updates: Prof Diana Kloss, barrister, Emily Yeardley, BakerLaw LLP.and Mike Appleby, Fisher Scoggins LLP

    How will attending this training benefit you?
    You will gain:

    - A vital update on legislation and recent case law taking you through the complexities of occupational ill health and injury, negligence, disability discrimination and mental health as well as other 
    hot topics – you’ll be sure you know your obligations, and how to meet them

    - Up-to-the-minute analysis of the implications of the new legislation on parental bereavement, the latest GMC guidance on consent (expected early 2020), and government proposals for flexible sick pay

    - Knowledge of the legal dos and don’ts in some of the most difficult areas affecting OH professionals’ practice

    Book by 19 December 2019 and save up to £80 + VAT
    Standard early bird rate fees: £299 + VAT (£358.80) per delegate
    Self-funded early bird rate fees: £195 + VAT (£234) per delegate

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  • 05 February 2020

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

    An exclusive webinar on occupational asthma.

    This webinar will cover recent advances in diagnosis and trends in the reporting of occupational asthma, in the UK and elsewhere. It will also discuss whether trends in the incidence of occupational asthma reflect changes in workplace control, or changing habits in diagnosing and reporting new cases.

    Gareth Walters is an NHS consultant in occupational respiratory medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and leads the regional occupational lung disease service at Birmingham Chest Clinic.

    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.

  • 13 February 2020

    Date: Thursday 13th February 2020

    Time: 9.30 - 17.00 

    Venue: Phoenix Centre, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DG

    Trainer: Dr Roxane L. Gervais, CPsychol CSci AFBPsS, Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist

    The sickness absence levels within organisations remain high in the United Kingdom due to mental ill health conditions, such as work-related stress, anxiety or depression. The very relevant figures for 2019 from the labour force survey show that 602,000 workers in Great Britain suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/2019. These figures consisted of new or longstanding conditions. This translated further into 12.8 million working days lost due to these illnesses.

    For any organisation, regardless of size, industry or sector, it will feel the impact of this level of ill health within its workforce. In addition to the productivity, morale and performance issues that will arise if workers are not able to perform effectively, or are not within the workplace due to ill health, every organisation has a duty of care to ensure the occupational safety and health of its workers. Despite the alarm that these figures may bring to organisations, these are not figures that cannot be reversed. This is supported by the psychological evidence gained and enhanced over the years on maintaining workers’ mental health and overall well-being, while supporting their active and productive contributions in the workplace.

    The evidence shows also that organisations that address those mental ill health concerns within their workforce attain a significant return on their investment. This, according to research by Deloitte, can be on average £4.20 for every £1.00, but can reach up to £9.00 for every £1.00 invested in workplace mental health interventions. This spend is significantly less than organisations would incur if a knowledgeable worker has to be replaced if this person has to step away from the job. The cost of replacing one worker by Oxford Economics has been estimated at £30,614, and for many jobs may exceed that figure.

    This workshop will outline an organisation’s legal responsibility in managing work-related stress, which in turn can lead to work-relevant depression and anxiety. It will provide participants with evidence-based solutions that cover the triad structure within any organisation. These are the organisational level, the group or team level and the individual level.

    Participants will leave with:

    - an organisation’s legal responsibility of its duty of care to workers

    - the legal implications of work-related stress

    - an enhanced knowledge of what works in supporting workers’ well-being in the workplace

    - the tools to prevent, and if needed, address the mental ill health conditions that can arise within the workplace

    The cost to attend is £160 for SOM members, £195 for non-members. Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in (please log in BEFORE making your booking).

  • 19 February 2020

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

    An exclusive webinar on issues related to stress.

    The webinar aims to help identify, analyse and manage common risk patterns of anxiety driven OH consultations. It is intended to be useful and interesting for all OH practitioners at all levels of experience, with some original perspectives.

    There are suggestions for optimising the effectiveness and efficiency of the interaction, and how to aim for shared understanding, active management and autonomy for the employee, and consented reports. It will cover models of causation and perpetuation, with reference to transactional and management elements.

    John Sterland worked as a GP for many years before specialist training at Kings and has broad experience of public and private sectors in the London area. Aware of the increasing proportion and complexity of stress consultation he has become interested in managing these cases.

    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.

  • 06 March 2020

    OH Report Writing

    Friday 6 March 2020
    Venue: Central London

    A one day course from The At Work Partnership teaching you how to prepare concise, well-written OH reports that will provide quality information for managers, be understood by employees, and be defensible if the information contained in them is ever required in legal proceedings.

    Course tutors: 
    Sandra Winters, Organisational Wellbeing Ltd
    Prof Diana Kloss, barrister
    Dr Nerys Williams, independent OH Physician

    London course:

    Other dates and locations are available. 

  • 26 March 2020

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

    An exclusive webinar on Neurodiversity.

    In this webinar, Neurodiversity Consultant, Cheryl Winter will explain neurodiversity as a concept and what company’s are doing to support this expanding awareness.

    Neurodiversity as a concept and a word is becoming part of everyday parlance. However its relationship with disability and the medical model can sometimes be confusing.  Occupational health teams are often asked to advise, having little or no knowledge or experience in hidden disabilities.

    As diagnostic rates rise and people increasingly self diagnosing, workplaces are struggling to understand the similarities, differences, challenges and benefits of the neurologically different brain.

    Cheryl has spent over 20 years coaching leaders and teams in the workplace, mainly in financial services. Over the last 9 years she has worked specifically with Neurodiversity.

    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.

  • 30 March 2020

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

    Certificate in Managing OH Services
    30 March – 1 April 2020
    Central London

    This Certificate programme is designed to equip you with the essential management tools to deliver a successful occupational health service. The course is designed for occupational physicians, OH nurses, case managers and other professionals involved in the delivery and management of OH services, and attracts an international audience. It covers the following areas:

    Module 1: – The role of OH – context, challenges & objectives
    Dr Paul Litchfield, What Works Centre for Wellbeing

    Module 2: Managing occupational health staff
    Jo Berriman, Health Management Consultant

    Module 3: Resourcing and budget management
    John Humphrey, Harrison Associates

    Module 4: Problem solving and negotiating skills
    Tilly Wood, Management Consultant

    Module 5: Legal framework
    Diana Kloss, Barrister

    Module 6: Managing relationships and communication
    Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

    Book and pay by 31 January 2020 to save £100 + VAT with our early bird rates.

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  • 23 April 2020
    West Midlands

    ARTP Course in Occupational Asthma

    This 2 day course offers training to those working in respiratory physiology/medicine with an interest in occupational asthma, or those currently working in occupational health. It covers the core investigations into occupational asthma, how to do them and interpret them, with a case-based approach throughout.

    Pre-requisite: You will need a good foundation knowledge and experience in spirometry.

    This course is aimed at Respiratory Physiologists, Occupational Health Doctors and Nurses, GPs, Asthma Nurses, and others involved in diagnosis or screening for occupational asthma.

    To view the event brochure, please click here. 

  • 28 April 2020

    Date: Tuesday 28th April 2020

    Time: 10.30 - 16.30 

    Venue: Health Matters Health and Safety, 11 Monaghan Court, Monaghan Street, Newry, BT35 6BH, Northern Ireland

    SOM is pleased to be offering confirming training, led by Professor Anne Harriss. It will prepare NMC registrants to undertake a role as a revalidation confirmer. Its 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 reflective discussion and completing the paperwork

    Lunch is provided.

    The cost to attend is £80 for SOM members, £100 for non-members. Please note your membership discount will automatically be applied when you log in (please log in BEFORE making your booking).

  • 05 May 2020

    Joint Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) / Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) / British Psychological Society (BPS) event

    Date: Tuesday 5th May 2020

    Time: 10.00 - 17.00 (delegate registration from 9.30)

    Venue: BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ

    Learn practical strategies and techniques to improve workplace health and return to work. Attendees are likely to be professionals and managers with an interest in work and health including HR managers, health professionals, insurers and members of SOM, VRA, BPS.

    View the draft programme here.

    The cost to attend is £85.