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  • 21 February 2024



    SOM/ANZSOM Learning Together Webinar Series

    The first speaker is Professor Gail Kinman, author of ‘Burnout in Healthcare – risk factors and solutions’. Summary: Although people working in healthcare generally find their work meaningful and satisfying, they are at high risk of burnout. Research has found that challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath has intensified this risk posing a significant challenge for occupational health professionals. Burnout has serious implications for organisations, patients and service users, as well as the health and wellbeing of practitioners, so it is essential to implement evidence-informed interventions for its prevention and management. In this talk, Gail will draw on the findings of her recent guide on managing burnout in healthcare, but there are key messages for other sectors where jobs are emotionally demanding and stressful.

    Gail Kinman is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences and a Director of the Council for Work and Health. Gail has a particular interest in the wellbeing of people whose work is emotionally demanding with a high risk of burnout, and she has published widely in this area. 

    The second speaker is Dr Karina Powers, who is an occupational physician from Perth. She is an OP with a wide clinical practice, and is assisting with the Australasian RACP advocacy initiative called 'Improving the health of health care workers'. Her talk will look at improving the health of healthcare workers.

    Title : Healthcare workers are a precious resource we must preserve

    Overview: Healthcare worker stress and relative short staffing are common, causing risk not only for patients but also healthcare workers themselves. This talk will discuss some factors responsible, including considerations related to management and the workforce, hazard controls, government bodies and the political milieu. Damage to the populace can be limited by improving the health of healthcare workers and thereby supporting safe and efficacious running of healthcare for all.

    Dr Karina Powers is an Occupational and Environmental  Physician, Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine- Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She also holds Australasian Medical Review Officer certification, Masters of Public Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. She is recognized as an Approved Medical Specialist with WorkCover WA. Her extensive experience includes private occupational health practice, serving both private companies and government agencies / departments, along with work in public health. Her medical oversight has covered Military, Federal and State Police, oil and gas and rail safety critical work.

    Chair: Dr Lanre Ogunyemi, SOM President

    FREE for ALL. Register online. You will then be sent the joining link.


  • 28 February 2024

    Medical decision-making in ill-health retirement

    Wednesday 28 February 2024 - A Virtual Event

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

    Devised by Dr Simon Sheard, Health Partners Group and Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

    The At Work Partnership are delighted to announce a new one-day workshop - Medical decision-making in ill-health retirement! The event will take place virtually on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

    The At Work Partnership's team of expert tutors, Dr John Ballard, Dr Simon Sheard, Prof Diana Kloss, Dr Tony Williams and Dr Mark Groom, will guide you through an intensive day of learning as this course will take an in-depth look at how occupational health can advise employees and employers on ill health retirement to help make evidence-based fair decisions.

    This training will give you:

    - A detailed knowledge of how to give evidence-based advice in ill-health retirement (IHR) cases  

    - A comprehensive understanding of your roles and responsibilities

    - An insight into the complexity of scheme rules and relevant law

    - Enhanced comprehension of the ethical issues

    - An opportunity to learn from the experience of others in case studies and to benchmark your opinions with peers

    - Improved knowledge and understanding to assist in decision-making

    Secure your place online now  (There are payment options for invoicing and paying by card)


    - EARLY BIRD RATES: Save £50+VAT with their early bird offer! Available for bookings paid before 10 January 2024.

    - Discounted rates are available for self-funded individuals.

  • 14 March 2024
    West Midlands

    Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March 2024

    Venue: Birmingham Hilton Garden Inn, Brindley Place

    Course overview: 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. You will need a good foundation knowledge in spirometry.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course delegates will:

    - Understand the definitions of occupational asthma

    - Be competent in the initial methods for the diagnosis of occupational asthma

    - Be knowledgeable about the investigations that can be performed to diagnose occupational asthma

    - Understand the different methods of measuring peak expiratory flow, and the strengths and weaknesses of different manual and logging meters

    - Understand spirometry and how to interpret data

    - Be able to train workers to complete serial peak expiratory flows (PEFs) successfully

    - Be proficient in using the Oasys program for plotting serial PEF measurements

    - Know how to carry out surveillance for occupational asthma including analysis of serial lung function

    - Understand what to do when a worker has abnormal spirometry or screening questionnaire results  

    - Be knowledgeable about legal aspects of occupational asthma and compensation.

    Cost: £350; ARTP members £300.

    Full details and booking form here.

    Contact Vicky Moore at for further details/queries.

  • 14 March 2024


    FREE Webinar

    In this exclusive one hour webinar, the authors of the SOM / CIPD report [report link tbc] will be in conversation with Dr Helen Fitzhugh from the University of East Anglia, whose team have produced a business-facing website full of evidence-based workplace wellbeing insight and resources.

    Speaker bio:

    Dr Helen Fitzhugh of Norwich Business School is passionate about organisations and research communication. She gathers the best academic evidence she can find on workplace wellbeing and productivity and then distils it down into practical information and resources for organisations for the PrOPEL Hub and Evolve Workplace Wellbeing. She draws upon work by researchers at the University of East Anglia (including her own) who have been researching in this area for decades. Helen has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors, so brings with her an understanding of how to adapt complex research findings so that they make sense to real life workers and managers in a variety of different settings.

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the join link.

  • 18 March 2024


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


    This webinar is the third in our series on "Basics in OH" and is entitled Neurodiversity and Discrimination Law. It will be an account of the Equality Act as it affects job applicants and workers on the autistic spectrum and the role of occupational health professionals in advising employers.

    There will be plenty of time for questions, so do come learn more.

    Speaker: Diana Kloss

    Diana Kloss is a barrister and former employment tribunal judge. She is an Hon Senior Lecturer in the University of Manchester and visiting professor at London South Bank University. Diana has served on a number of government committees, including the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, and was for seven years Chair of the Council for Work and Health, now its hon President. She is an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and was awarded the MBE for services to occupational health. She is the author of Occupational Health Law, 6th edition (2020), and writes a regular legal column in the journal Occupational Health at Work.

    Chair: Professor Kaveh Asanati

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the joining link.

  • 19 March 2024

    Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills for OH professionals

    A Five-Day Virtual Course - Part One: 19-21 March 2024; Part Two: 1-2 May 2024

    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. This highly practical qualification will equip you with the skills and understanding to apply CBT to the workplace management of common mental health problems, in order to increase staff retention and promote return to work from long-term sickness absence in a cost-effective way. The At Work Partnership have trained hundreds of occupational health professionals working in the private sector, and in the NHS and other parts of the public sector in this area.

    Expert tutors

    The course is led by Alan Dovey, Sharon Wilday and Paul Anthony who bring many years of lecturing experience to the course as well as extensive knowledge of using CBT in an occupational health setting.

    - Alan Dovey is a consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Liverpool

    - Sharon Wilday is a consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham

    - Paul Anthony is a cognitive behavioural therapist psychotherapist/Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) therapist at Working Minds UK

    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

    Book and pay before 31 January 2024 and save £200!

    Click here for full details and to book online.

  • 19 March 2024



    The impact of asbestos on the UK workforce: three waves of mesothelioma

    Asbestos is a mineral resistant to high temperatures, valued for its use as a fire retardant and heat insulating material. In addition, sadly, exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, an incurable cancer with a prognosis of 12-18 months. The UK has the highest recorded rate of mesothelioma in the world.

    Incidence of mesothelioma has typically been higher in men and in certain occupational groups, including asbestos mining and construction industries. However, exposure to degrading asbestos in buildings means that the patient profile is changing. Asbestos, the UK’s number one cause of work-related deaths, is present in 94% of hospital trusts in England and 80% of UK state schools.

    This webinar will introduce the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre, based at the University of Sheffield. An overview of the history of asbestos use in the UK will be given, explaining the three waves of mesothelioma and political context. The main focus will be the risk and impact of asbestos exposure today. We will draw on four research studies, each concentrating on a particular patient group; military personnel, health care professionals, education workers and women. Implications for clinical practice will be addressed.

    Biography: Dr. Peter Allmark 

    Research Assistant based at the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre, University of Sheffield. Since 2016, has worked on qualitative sub-studies nested in clinical trials and qualitative/ mixed methods studies exploring the patient and family carer experience of receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma and engagement in palliative care. Has a research background in philosophy and health care ethics and has worked extensively in this area, for example, on studies into informed consent.

    Biography: Dr. Bethany Taylor 

    Research Fellow based at the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre, University of Sheffield. Since 2016, has led a number of studies including qualitative sub-studies nested in clinical trials and qualitative/ mixed methods studies exploring the patient and family carer experience of receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma and engagement in palliative care. Has an interest in seeking to understand the experiences of people with mesothelioma following exposure in non-traditional environments, such as public buildings including schools. Bethany's esearch seeks to learn from the experiences of patients, family members and health professionals to improve understanding of asbestos risk and to shape service provision and care delivery. 

    Chair: Dr Will ponsonby

    FREE for ALL. Register online. You will then be sent the joining link.


  • 21 March 2024


    FREE Webinar


    -    BOHS: Working toward Occupational health care for Informal Workers (Dr Suvarna Moti)

    -    Opportunities & Challenges in Basic Occupational Health Services and similar innovations in health care (Prof Frank van Dijk)

    -    Successes & Challenges of BOHS in Thailand (Dr Orrapan Untimanon)

    -    Q & A session   

    Chair: Dr Will Ponsonby


    BOHS: Working toward Occupational health care for Informal Workers - Dr Suvarna Moti


    Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) is a form of occupational health care, offered as part of primary or community health care, to severely deprived working populations namely,  informal workers, farmers and workers in agriculture, workers in small companies and self-employed. These populations cannot be covered by expert-based occupational health services operating for large or moderate-size enterprises. Existing infrastructure of primary or community health care is used for organizing BOHS. In this way, BOHS can be an essential link in the chain fulfilling the aim of occupational health coverage for all workers. Close collaboration is sought with local working communities, unions, progressive employers, social security, and labour inspection.

    In this presentation the author will talk about utilisation of this form of occupational health care delivery in India on an exploratory basis through the MISSION BOHS launched by a voluntary body of occupational health professionals in the country. This initiative in selected geographic areas supported capacity building of primary care physicians in occupational health focussing upon delivery to the informal working populations lacking this care. Vast informal industry in India provides employment for over 85 per cent of the working population and lacks a regulatory framework.  There are other models referred here working for specific beneficiaries offering some elements of occupational health care. Sustainability of civil society led BOHS initiatives face challenges without regulatory and policy support highlighting the restraints due to funding, deficit of skilled capabilities and mainly, legal and administrative framework for the informal employment mirroring the situation in many parts of the globe.

    Dr Suvarna Moti works as Independent Public Health Specialist with Reliance Industries advising on Global Health, Health policy and strategy in Community health & Occupational health. Dr Moti completed her post graduate training for MD, DNB in Preventive & Social Medicine at Grant Medical College, Mumbai. Later she obtained her MSc degree in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has worked as Plant Medical Officer at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and volunteered with UNDP HIV, Health & Development group for WHO FCTC for Tobacco Control.


    Opportunities and challenges in Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) and similar innovations in health care. - Em. Prof. Frank van Dijk


    In 2022 an online repository was publised, a database for publications about Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS). As the term ‘basic occupational health services’ is hardly used in many countries and regions, it also included publications not using the term BOHS but describing and analyzing similar innovations in primary or community health care (PHC). The aim was to include all publications dealing with systematic efforts to organize or enhance PHC provisions supporting workers’ health issues.

    In an explorative study, 131 articles in scientific journals were analysed included in the repository (2001-2022). The information on thematic issues was studied, such as the coverage of workers by BOHS (and similar efforts), the role of legislation, the presence of a comprehensive national strategy to promote occupational health care, the financing of BOHS, structural support for PHC on occupational safety and health (OSH) strategies and issues, the education and training in OSH for PHC workers, the use of a participatory approach in training, the role of a referral system, the content and quality of performed BOHS activities, and the availability of an evaluation system.

    Clearly, the development, implementation, and evaluation of BOHS is a complex theme. In addition, there is a lack of data and – often - a dependency of contextual factors that are not always well described in studies. Consequently, study findings must be carefully interpreted by the reader who decides what to try in his or her own situation. Nevertheless, good studies are urgently needed. They contribute to the global discussion about relevant factors and conditions, and they can inspire new efforts in favor of the most vulnerable worker populations.  

    Prof Frank van Dijk is occupational physician and emeritus professor in Occupational Health at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands (1987-2013). Since 2014 he is working in the Learning and Developing Occupational Health (LDOH) foundation. He was member of the Health Council of the Netherlands (2015-2023) and is (co-)author of about 200 international peer-reviewed articles, reports, and books. Recent publications are the online Repository for publications on Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) (Van Dijk, Moti; 2022) and the e-book and learning materials Work and Health in Agriculture (Verberk, Van Dijk; 2022/23).


    Successes & Challenges of BOHS in Thailand. -  Dr Orrapan Untimanon

    Division of Occupational and Environmental Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.


    BOHS (Basic Occupational Health Services) provided by PCUs is important because these units are close to informal workers who work in the communities and they are exposed to several occupational hazards. Currently, BOHS has been developed to increase both passive OHS such as walkthrough survey, risk assessment and control and passive OHS such as screening, diagnosis and record of occupational diseases among such workers. The aim of this talk is to describe the development of BOHS in Thailand. The situation of employed workers, informal workers and occupational hazards, OHS standards, basic occupational health online training course and occupational diseases data system will be included in the presentation.  

    Dr Orrapan Untimanon, is an occupational health epidemiologist by training. She has worked at the Department of Disease Control of the Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases (BOED) in Bangkok, Thailand, for 17 years as a senior of professional level. Her current projects focus on the development of occupational health services provided by hospitals and primary care units and the development of occupational services for health workers.

    FREE for ALL. You will then be sent the join link.

  • 12 April 2024

    A  two day revision course for delegates preparing for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine (DOccMed) examination.

    - Day One: MCQ Revision
    MCQ questions covering all topics listed in the DOccMed syllabus with feedback discussion.

    - Day Two: Portfolio & Viva Revision
    Covering key principles and information for the DOccMed portfolio, critique of example portfolios and discussion of typical Viva questions. 

    Course Leaders: Dr Lanre Ogunyemi, Dr Alan Bray and Prof Steven Sadhra

    Course Dates: 13th-14th April 2024

    Price: £300 including VAT per day or £540 including VAT for both days

    View more information and register interest here.

  • 17 April 2024
    West Midlands

    Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) for Occupational Health Technicians and Nurses

    Wednesday 17th April, Birmingham

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

    Are you getting started in HAVS? Do you want to improve your confidence, knowledge and skills? For OH technicians and screening nurses, with no prior knowledge of HAVS, this new introductory course may meet your needs. This one-day face-to-face training course is designed specifically for OH technicians and screening nurses to provide background knowledge to assist in their role undertaking delegated tasks for statutory health surveillance.

    Course testimonial from previous delegate:

    “A very worthwhile day, providing informative and relevant content, delivered in an interesting way that will enhance practice” - Occupational Health Nurse

    How will attending this training benefit you?

    You will gain:

    • Detailed background knowledge of hand transmitted vibration, its health effects and symptoms

    • Comprehension of the legal requirements relevant for workers exposed to hand transmitted vibration

    • An understanding of your role in undertaking delegated tasks for statutory health surveillance at Tiers 1, 2 or 3, and how you can work under supervision to assist suitably qualified occupational health staff

    • Hands on, practical experience of how to conduct different assessments for HAVS

    • Improved confidence in your HAVS knowledge and skills

    Who is the training designed for?

    This training is designed for OH technicians and screening nurses that are new to HAVS (little or no experience). Previous experience of HAVS is not essential, but experience in OH is required.

    For the full course programme and to book online click here.

    EARLY BIRD OFFER - Book and pay before 26 February 2024 and save £70 + VAT!