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  • 22 August 2022

    A FOM approved course in preparation for the FOM Diploma in Occupational Health Practice (DipOHPrac).

    The course covers:

    -The Diploma Examination
    -How to write the Diploma Portfolio
    -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 and redeployment
    -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

    Course Leaders: Dr L Ogunyemi, Dr A Bray and Dr S Sadhra

    Course Dates: 22nd - 26th August 2022 and 12th – 16th September 2022 (Virtual – Online)

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

  • 01 September 2022


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

    In this exclusive webinar, Jo Feary will present a number of clinical cases, including both short and long latency disease, seen in the Lungs At Work clinic in recent months.


    Jo is an NHS Respiratory Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College. This is a combination of roles that allows her to carry out clinical work and research and teaching. She sees patients with a range of different occupational lung diseases and patients with severe and difficult-to-treat asthma. She regularly publishes peer-reviewed papers in journals and has authored a number of book chapters. She is Chair of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group on Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 02 September 2022

    For the DOccMed and DipOHPrac*, The Occupational Health Academy presents... Portfolio Morning

    Friday 2nd September 9am-12pm

    Struggling to know what workplace to do for the FOM portfolio? Struggling to know which clinical case is reasonable to undertake and analyse? What information to put in each of the boxes? How can I cut my word count down but still keep the relevant information? Are there any high scoring portfolios that I can see? If you have any of these queries then why not attend the Portfolio morning at The Occupational Health Academy.

    The Occupational Health Academy Portfolio Morning will take you through an ideal risk assessment, clinical case and give ideas for you to try find a suitable case for your own portfolio. You will go through and analyse the FOM portfolio and the type of information needed, whilst also being mindful of its other purpose which is for your mock viva and make the latter process easier. The example portfolios and Q&A at the end is a very useful session to pick our brains and get more ideas on what to write, or it can be used if you have an idea and want to bounce this off us. The Occupational Health Academy are here for you to help get it done for that exam application & portfolio submission!

    Please note, The Occupational Health Academy cannot review your portfolio prior to submission to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) for the exam, as The Academy cannot contribute to the writing of the portfolio and this has to be the examinee's work.

    When you have registered and paid, you will receive an email with the Zoom joining link.

    *Could also be utilised for LFOM exam preparation although not specific.

  • 05 September 2022


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

    In this presentation Dr Nick Jenkins will provide a background to DVLA processes and discuss how the recent amendment to legislation which will allow for reports to be provided to DVLA by healthcare professionals other than doctors is likely to impact upon that process.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr Nick Jenkins is the Senior DVLA Doctor and has worked at DVLA since 2015. He previously worked for 24 years as an Emergency Medicine (A&E) Consultant in South Wales and continued to undertake clinical work in this capacity until 2018.  

    It is important that the liaison between DVLA and all clinicians is such that the individual’s driving lifetime is optimised so as to allow the individual to enjoy the various benefits conferred by driving, whilst still maintaining both their own safety and that of others. As such, one of Nick's personal objectives in the role of Senior DVLA Doctor is to reach out to healthcare professionals and to provide clarity with regard to DVLA processes.

    Chair: Dr Massoud Mansouri

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 07 September 2022



    SOM in partnership with ANZSOM - Free

    Exclusive webinar on mental health at work and "It pays to care" report.

    9.00am Dr Mary Wyatt - It Pays to Care  25 minutes plus questions

    9:30am Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King’s College London – Mental Health at Work – 25 minutes plus questions

    10.00am Dr Shriti Pattani, President SOM - the role of occupational physicians in acute hospitals and the NHS Growing OH programme 20 minutes plus questions

    FREE to register. You will then be sent the joining link.


  • 12 September 2022


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

    Leading in a VUCA world – how well equipped are you to lead through increasing complexity?

    This webinar is one of SOM's Autumn "Leading Lights" Leadership series, with the aim of inspiring and increasing the leadership capability of Occupational Health Professionals, and through their leadership the healthier lives of working people. 

    Background: Today’s world of work and health is increasingly complex. How do leaders navigate complexity when not all problems they face are created equal?  In many instances, leaders must make decisions, formulate strategies, set course direction, and act in the absence of a solid evidence base. The responses needed in a pandemic are a case in point. How do leaders decide what kinds of problem they are facing, who to engage with and how to adapt their leadership approach? These are just a few of the areas our speaker Peter Lees will touch on in today’s leadership “leading light” seminar.


    Dr Peter Lees MBE is the Chief Executive of the UK Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). In 2011, he was charged by the UK medical royal colleges and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges with leading the establishment of FMLM which is now the second largest medical leadership organisation worldwide with over 2,600 members.

    Previously, Peter combined a career in neurosurgery with senior roles in operational management and leadership development at trust, regional and national levels and in global health. He is honorary Visiting Professor at Bayes Business School, City, University of London and was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators in 2018. He was awarded an MBE for services to medical leadership in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2021.

    Chair: Dr Richard Heron, Occupational Physician, and past President of SOM.

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 13 September 2022


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

    Summary of Webinar

    In this exclusive webinar, Owen Bubbers Jones will introduce the concept and rationale for mediation in the context of OH.

    He will show how mediation can be an effective route to reducing challenging stress cases – especially when these may be rooted in interpersonal difficulties.

    Owen will show what to look out for when assessing whether mediation could be a beneficial tool for your clients, and how to communicate this service effectively.


    Owen is a conflict management and training specialist, supporting ambitious organisations to develop an internal culture of collaboration, growth and mutual trust.

    He is also particularly passionate about enabling providers and practitioners to position themselves at the cutting edge of holistic and integrated OH through offering innovative and effective conflict resolution solutions to clients, in particular mediation.

    Since 2014, Owen has served a wide variety of organisations - from FTSE100 financial services companies to NHS trusts and government departments.

    He is an accredited member of the Civil Mediation Council and was awarded ‘Mediation Champion of the Year’ by the UK Professional Mediators’ Association in 2015.

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 16 September 2022


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

    Speaker description:

    Christine Poulter is Honorary Strategic Clinical Advisor for the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and Clinical Director of OHCP .

    In addition to her professional postgraduate qualifications in occupational health, she has an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management. 

    Christine has a broad range of experience including  NHS, corporate, armed services, manufacturing, higher education and public health experience.   She focuses on delivering a bespoke top-quality service to small businesses and SMEs.


    Session description:

    -  SOM 2022 Report writing survey – benchmarking

    -  How to receive a good referral

    -  Setting limits

    -  Effective triage

    -  Effective appointment time management

    -  Answering the questions

    -  Time management

    -  SLAs and KPIs

    -  Controls and audit

    FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link.


  • 20 September 2022
    West Midlands

    Two-day annual OH seminar from The At Work Partnership
    Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham
    20-21 September 2022

    Book and pay by 15 July 2022 and save money with their early bird booking rates!

    Join us at Workplace Health 2022, the 11th annual flagship seminar from The At Work Partnership! Taking place in Birmingham on Tuesday 20-21 September 2022, the event will provide an in-depth clinical and management update on the most cutting-edge occupational health issues and is designed as an in-depth learning experience. There will be plenty of opportunities for interaction, engagement & networking – including at our exhibition and conference dinner on 20 September 2022.

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

    Seminar supported by The Colt Foundation

    Key conference themes include:

    • COVID-19
    • Returning to work following cancer
    • Work addiction
    • OH software management systems
    • Mental health
    • Shiftwork 
    • Return to work plans
    • Obesity and work
    • Legal ‘hot topics’
    • ….. and much more!

    CPD: 12.5 points from the FOM (applied for), 12.5 hours for self-accreditation schemes

    Present a five-minute briefing session and attend day one FREE
    This is your chance to take five minutes to present a new idea that has helped improve health in your workplace. Showcase an OH intervention, discuss a dilemma in OH practice or present the key findings of some research. Challenge or celebrate what you’ve been doing in OH in 5 minutes and 20 slides! All presenters will attend day one free as a thank you for their participation. View the link below for more information.

    Don’t miss out on SAVINGS
     • Special discounted rates for places booked by 15 July 2022 – save up to £70 + VAT
     • SAVE over 25% when you attend both days
     • SAVE £20 or more when you book the full conference package

     For more information and to BOOK your place online:

  • 21 September 2022

    Occupational Medicine Jobs and Career Fair – 21st September

    in partnership with the National School of Occupational Health

    Rooms 11, 12, 13, 1st floor, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN

    1.30pm -1.35pm Welcome Nick Pahl, CEO SOM

    1.35pm - 2.05pm Occupational Health – what it is and its medical training routes Dr Ali Hashtroudi, National School of Occupational Health

    2.05pm - 2.20pm What are recruiters looking for? Dr Gareth Williams, Medigold

    2.20pm - 2.35pm Specialty Training experience - NHS and commercial provider formal training Dr Laura Adcroft, Cordell Health

    2.35pm - 2.50pm My occupational health career through CESR, Dr Sarwar Chowdhury


    3.10pm - 3.45pm Placement cafe - bringing together occupational health professionals who support placement opportunities Dr Shriti Pattani

    3.45pm - 4.15pm Routes to entry in CESR Dr Jon Spiro

    4.15pm CV surgery Daniel Ward-Jackson

    4.30pm Close and Bookable slots available for individual 1:1 discussion after the event - email:

    Dr Ali Hashtroudi

    Dr Jon Spiro

    Dr Laura Adcroft

    -   Contact for list of placements and information about joining SOM.

    -   For careers information, go to the SOM Careers page and FOM website.