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  • 25 September 2018
    West Midlands


    25-26 September 2018

    The At Work Partnership's annual two day seminar, providing a clinical and management update on the cutting-edge issues in occupational health today.

    Chaired by: Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work] with Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis and Dr Nerys Williams, independent occupational physician

    Organised by: The At Work Partnership Ltd with Janie Acton

    Seminar supported by The Colt Foundation and sponsored by Empactis and Cohort

    This year's themes include:

    - Fitness for work

    - Improving OH consultations

    - GDPR, consent and confidentiality and other hot legal topics

    - Facilitating longer, healthier working lives

    - Work, health and inequality

    - The state of OH

    - Shift work and cancer

    - Drug and alcohol addiction case study

    CPD: 12.5 points from the FOM (applied for)

    Early bird rates from: £450 + VAT (or £355 + VAT for self-funded delegates) for bookings paid by 31/7/18.

    To find out more, please click here or call The At Work Partnership on 0208 344 2328. You can view the programme and booking form here.

  • 27 September 2018

    Writing a CV can be a stressful task, especially if you’re starting from scratch and although there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the perfect CV, it should always be clearly formatted and short enough for a recruiter to scan quickly – and most importantly – tailored to the role you’re applying for. Not sure where to start? Steve will talk through the basics to produce an eye catching CV. 

    Attending an interview for a job you really want can be a nerve-racking experience especially if you are unprepared. The interview is used to determine whether or not you’re qualified for the position, motivated to do the job, and the right fit. As the job seeker, you should make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position and whether the company will give you the opportunity for professional growth and career development. Steve will give interview preparation ideas so you are ready for the big day which will put you in the best possible position for a successful interview. 

    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 September 2018

    Professor Ewan Macdonald, Head, Healthy Working Lives Group at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing invites you to attend one of the following high quality and long established courses. Aimed at all health professionals and accredited by the FOM.

    Friday 16th March 2018 - OH Report Writing

    Wednesday 21st / Thursday 22nd March 2018 - HAVS

    Friday 27th April 2018 - Asbestos

    Thursday 10th May 2018 - Lead

    Friday 18th May 2018 - Ionising Radiation (IRR)

    Friday 1st June 2018 - HAVS refresher

    Wednesday 6th / Thursday 7th June 2018 - Effective Leadership / Management for Health Professionals

    September 2018 - Vocational Rehabilitation Case Management (VRCM)

    For more information and to book your place please click here.

  • 02 October 2018

    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the biggest causes of work-related sickness absence in the UK.  Apart from the human cost in terms of impact on work and life, bad backs, sore necks and shoulders and painful upper limbs together form a massive drain on any employer’s resources.

    This course will explain what MSDs are, helping to clear some of the jargon (RSI, WRULDs, CTDs, etc) and explain what is known about what causes them and how work can play a part.  Whether a condition has been caused by work or not, it is important to understand how work can at least provoke symptoms and to have some idea of how to change workplaces to avoid this.  Both industrial and office workplaces will be considered.

    For more information please click here.

    SOM Members, the price is £175 + VAT per person (Non SOM Members, the price is £265 + VAT). Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

    Please note this is an open (public) course and may be subject to minimum numbers attending.

  • 08 October 2018

    Understanding mental health requires a holistic approach; this approach recognises the giving and receiving of support, to be outward focused and to ensure inclusivity. 

    The Labour Force Survey showed that for 2016/2017, 0.5 million workers were suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression. While work-related stress is not technically a mental health condition, it can be debilitating and can lead to more specific mental health problems.

    There is increasing awareness of the need to support people with mental health conditions in the workplace, but there is still a culture of fear and silence surrounding these conditions. Health and social care workers are at particular risk of mental health problems and burnout. The work can be emotionally demanding and professional ‘helpers’ often prioritise the needs of others over their own wellbeing and are reluctant to seek help.

    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 and how it can be supported more effectively. This positive step of increasing the attention on mental health in general, and in the workplace in particular, is one that should work towards ultimately removing the stigma associated with the conditions. Our inaugural seminar in 2017 considered some of the challenges and solutions around mental health at work. This 2018 seminar focuses 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.

    To view the programme and to book your place please click here.

  • 08 October 2018

    An exclusive CPD Accredited SOM Webinar by Andrew Benc who will offer insights into careers in international occupational health. The webinar will outline the health risks faced by expatriates on long term overseas postings, and describe the wide and interesting range of roles and responsibilities faced by an occupational physician in these locations.

    Andrew Benc is a consultant occupational physician, with a particular interest in travel medicine and expatriate health. He is currently working at the Well Travelled Clinic at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Much of his career has been spent overseas, where his past roles have included chief medical officer positions for an international energy company in Brunei and Gabon. He initially trained as a GP, and first become involved in Occupational Medicine while working as a clinician at a copper mine in Papua New Guinea.

    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.

  • 11 October 2018
    East Midlands

    Venue: The Belfry Hotel, Nottingham

    An annual symposium consisting of clinical updates and talks relevant to occupational health. This will be useful to all occupational health professionals and GPs with an interest.

    Topics covered include an update from the HSE, gambling in the workplace and the impact of drugs on fitness to drive.

    5.5 CPD points have been approved by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    For further details and booking click here.

  • 12 October 2018

    Date: Friday 12th October 2018

    Venue: The National Railway Museum, York

    The aim of ARIOPS is to connect all clinicians providing occupational health services to the railway industry. The Annual Conference brings together clinicians from across the railway industry to meet and hear about relevant railway themes.

    It’s a day to hear about new issues or to update on topics encountered in a normal working day. It is particularly rewarding to have the opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss common matters within a sociable environment.

    The ARIOPS programme usually receives CPD accreditation to give 4 points for attendance for the day.

    The event will take place in the magnificent city of York, offering plenty to do if you wish to extend your stay.

    Please click here to view the programme.

    To book your place please click here.

  • 23 October 2018

    An exclusive CPD Accredited SOM Webinar by Dr Nick Jenkins who is Deputy Senior Doctor at the DVLA.

    There are two driver licensing groups in the UK. A Group 1 licence confers entitlement to drive a car and/or motorcycle, whilst a Group 2 licence confers entitlement to drive a lorry and/or bus. There are currently 46 million Group 1 licence holders and 2.4 million Group 2 licence holders. 4.1% of licence holders have a declared medical condition. However, the system is primarily one of self-notification and this figure is likely to be an under estimate.

    Medical conditions may impact upon road safety either by their liability to result in sudden impairment/collapse whilst driving, or because of problems that they pose with regard to the ability to control a vehicle safely. Because of the potential adverse impact of such conditions, it is necessary to impose medical standards of fitness to drive, those required for Group 2 driving being more rigorous than those required for Group 1.

    In this webinar Nick will discuss the legal basis for those medical standards and their development, including the roles of the Honorary Medical Advisory Panels. He will describe how the system works in practice, including the means by which notifications are made and the role of DVLA’s Drivers Medical Group, which includes DVLA Doctors. he will also discuss the issues of doctor-patient confidentiality and GMC guidance regarding this issue.

    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.

  • 02 November 2018


    NEW Save the Date - Friday 2nd November 2018

    The Society of Occupational Medicine Scottish Group Autumn Meeting 2018

    Followed by AGM and Dinner

    Venue: Royal College Of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ