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  • 28 July 2021

    Why does equality, diversity and inclusion matter in OH leadership?

    How can we in OH best engage the leadership skills, talents and perspectives of diverse practitioners to maximise quality and effectiveness?

    Join us for this panel discussion led by Dr Sheetal Chavda, including Sade Adenekan and Emma Persand to consider not only how inclusion and equality impact on health outcomes, but also how organisations with more diverse leadership can outperform those with a narrower demographic at board level.

    Chair: Dr Sheetal Chavda

    Dr Sheetal Chavda is a Consultant Occupational Physician and working as Deputy Regional Medical Director at Health Management Ltd and CMO for London Fire Brigade. She is also Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) board member, member of Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and Chair of EDI Taskforce within SOM


    Dr Sade Adenekan , Assistant UK Occupational Health Manager – ExxonMobil. A UK accredited specialist in Public Health, Travel & Occupational Medicine, Sade has over 30 years’ experience in health services and health care management. She worked within the National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years before retraining in Occupational Medicine and now oversees two clinical teams within the Oil & Gas industry.

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 09 August 2021

    FOM Approved DipOccMedCourse

    An extensive two week Faculty of Occupational Medicine approved Diploma in Occupational Medicine course that will teach you everything you need to know about occupational health in the workplace. 

    Delivered by an expert panel of Occupational Health Physicians (Dr Tok Hussain, Dr Dil Sen, Dr John Hobson, Dr Shahed Khan, Dr Philip McIlroy), and supported by HealthWork nurses, senior executives from local organisations along with input from Prof. Diana Kloss. Full details here.

    The course will be delivered over two week blocks. The first week will be 9th-13th August 2021 and the second week is 30th August-3rd September 2021.

    The full cost of the course is £2400.00. Book your place here.

    If you are a SOM member at the time of booking the course, you are eligible for a 10% course discount - email for the discount code.

    If you are not a SOM member at the time of booking the DOccMed Course, you are eligible for a 20% discount on full SOM membership. For more information, please email

  • 01 September 2021

    Long Covid: Implications for the Workplace free webinar

    In partnership with ANZOM, this exclusive free webinar will cover the main health issues experienced by people with ‘Long Covid’, assessment, fitness for work, adjustments, rehabilitation and other return to work issues.

    Clare Rayner has recently published a Delphi consensus for the assessment and management of Long Covid and authored return to work leaflets with SOM.

    Clare qualified in 1990 from St Andrew and Manchester Universities, UK. She is a retired consultant occupational physician and has worked across several sectors, including Transport, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Heavy metals, Chemical Electronics, Food + pharmaceutical, Construction, Service, and Utilities. She was an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester until 2018 and worked as a Trainer for the National Education Project for Health and Work (2010-13). Clare is an experienced trainer and group facilitator with CIPD and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® qualifications and particular expertise and experience as a communication skills trainer.

    Clare talks with first-hand experience of Long Covid and has written several papers on this novel condition including two editorials on returning to work after Long Covid, leaflets for workers and employers published by Society of Occupational Medicine, and a recent Delphi Consensus on management of Long Covid. She addressed the WHO as a spokesperson for patient groups with post-Covid health issues and is collaborating with various groups to develop appropriate health services for these patients, including the Department of Rehabilitation at in New York. 

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 07 September 2021


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

    Sign up for this exclusive webinar in the Management in Occupational health series 1: Lessons from managing a commercial OH business.


    Dr Robin Cordell


    Dr John Hobson

    John is a consultant occupational physician and formerly a director of Healthwork based in Manchester.

    This event is worth 1 CPD Hour. FREE for SOM Members (please log in on the SOM website). You will then be sent the join link


  • 21 September 2021

    Universal access to Occupational Health

    Online Summit, 21st September 2021 afternoon

    A half day exploring how can we achieve universal access in occupational health,  and the benefits would this produce.

    Target audience – senior policy leaders within health, government, and industry

    2pm Welcome Dame Carol Black, SOM Patron

    2.05pm Introductory overview – Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE, University of Glasgow - Why is this important? E.g. Long Covid

    2.20pm HSE perspective of UK coverage – Professor Andrew Curran

    2:45 Examples of Universal Access

    -    Finland - Owe Österbacka, FIOH

    -    WHO perspective – Dr Ivan Ivanov

    -    EU perspective – EUOSHA

    3.30pm Council for work and health perspective  - Dr Steve Boorman

    3.45pm Trade Union/ TUC perspective - Owen Tudor

    4.00pm Royal College of GPs Dr Jonathan Leach

    4.15pm WHunit

    4.30pm Professor Maggie Rae, FPH President Public Health perspectives

    4.45pm Panel discussion with Dame Carol Black, President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Dr Steve Nimmo, and Dr Jayne Moore, President of the SOM

    5pm Close

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 22 September 2021

    A VIRTUAL EVENT taking place over two half days

    Wednesday 22nd September 2021 – afternoon

    Thursday 23rd September 2021 – morning

    Chaired by: Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work], with Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

    An annual seminar from The At Work Partnership providing an in-depth clinical and management update on the cutting-edge issues in occupational health today.

    This seminar is run with the support of The Colt Foundation.

    Programme Highlights:

    Focus on COVID

    - Air quality and ventilation in a time of COVID – Prof Catherine Noakes, University of Leeds

    - ‘Long COVID’ and work –  Dr Tony Williams, Working Fit Ltd

    - Adapting OH to the post-pandemic workplace –  Dr Richard Heron, BP plc

    - Risk perception and decision-making in OH –  Dr Perry Logan, 3M

    - Update on legal developments arising out of the pandemic – Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    - The pandemic and mental health at work – Professor Rob Briner, Queen Mary University of London

    - Expert panel discussion on COVID and OH

    Significant issues in OH practice

    - Improving access to OH – Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

    - Noise-induced hearing loss, employment and mental health – Dr David Greenberg, EAVE

    - Hot legal topics – Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    - Domestic abuse – Dr Jane Pillinger, gender equality specialist

    - Active management of musculoskeletal pain disorders – Prof Karen Walker-Bone, MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

    Book and pay by 15th August 2021 and save £60 + VAT!

    Find out more and register here

  • 22 September 2021

    Occupational Medicine Jobs Fair – 22rd September

    in partnership with the National School of Occupational Health

    Free Webinar

    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 - tbc

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

    2.20pm - 2.50pm My occupational health career, Dr Sarwar Chowdhury, Confirmed Dr Nikki Cordell

    2.50pm - 4.00pm Q and A

    4.00-5.00pm extra time:

    -   Routes to entry in detail – CESR, Dr Jon Spiro - confirmed

    -   CV surgery – Daniel Ward-Jackson - confirmed


    -   Sessions will be individually recorded and available afterwards (Q and A will not be recorded).

    -   Bookable slots available for individual 1:1 discussion – e mail:

    Dr Ali Hashtroudi

    Dr Nikki Cordell

    Dr Jon Spiro

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

    -   For careers information go to: and

    Register on Eventbrite here.

  • 29 September 2021

    Wednesday 29th September 2021, 2pm to 5pm

    HSE and SOM are delighted to announce the opening of Registration. This conference is specificially aimed at Occupational Health Nurses.

    Expert speakers have been secured and the programme will include time for Questions and Answers so that on the day audience members can pose questions to the speakers live via the streaming platform. View the programme here. 

    Register here.

    Registration includes:

    - Access to the live stream including online Q & A facility and polling where featured

    - Access to the event afterwards (usually after two weeks to allow for editing time)

    - Access to the Exhibition area

    - Background on invited speakers

    - Certificate of Attendance

    - Technical support to ensure access

    Registration Fees have been kept as low as possible. The Early Registration Fee for all is £49 until 31st August. Recordings of the conference will be available to registered delegates to watch again afterwards, so even if you cannot attend on 29th September, book now to obtain the Early Registration Fee, then watch at your convenience after the live stream.

    Group discounts: since we know that some groups wish to attend, we are offering 5 places for the price of 4 for this conference. Colleagues must all be from the same organisation and must be registered in one booking; Early/Late prices apply, as shown below.

      Earlybird Fee: up to 31st August Late Fee: from 1st September
    SOM Member £49.00 £49.00
    Non-Member £49.00 £59.00
    Group Rate: Buy 4 get 1 free £196.00 £236.00

    The HSE/SOM OHN Online Conference 2021 will only be live once: come and be part of it! Register here.

    Payment must be made by card at time of booking. The system provides receipts automatically.

    Terms and Conditions: Registration for this event is via the online booking system only. Payment is by Visa or Mastercard only (invoicing is not possible). The access information to the Online Conference will only be sent to those for whom full payment has been received. A Cancellation Policy is in place (see below).

    Joining Instructions/Access Code: The final joining instructions, including the access code for the conference, will be issued by email a few days before the conference.

    Exhibition: An online exhibition will run alongside the conference to profile products and services to participants. Any company interested in exhibiting should email Rebecca at the Secretariat: Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

    Major Sponsor:

    Cancellation Policy: Note: this event provides registrants with the opportunity to watch the event after the date of the live stream so that even if they are not available on 29th September they have access to the content. Cancellations should be emailed to Cancellation before 31st August: refund minus £20 processing fee. Cancellation from 1st September: no refund. All approved refunds will be processed and issued 60 days after the Conference.

  • 08 October 2021


    The health challenges of new ways of working following COVID.

    8th October 2020 Online

    £25 members £50 non members

    Draft Programme

    Learning outcomes

    -  To enhance delegates’ knowledge of the key role of the manager.

    -  To raise awareness of the latest thinking towards hybrid working.

    -  What have we learnt from the pandemic?

    -  With a core consideration of diversity and inclusion throughout the half day.


    9:30am Chair and introduction, Professor Anne Harriss, Immediate Past President of SOM

    9:40       The key role of managers to facilitate healthy and sustainable work. British Psychological Society, DOP section tbc Janet Fraser/ Noreen Tehrani

    10:15     Working safely – where are we now? Dr Robin Cordell, SOM SW and S Wales Regional Group Chair

    10:50     Hybrid working – what has worked and what has not worked? examples from industry e.g. BT, Thames Water, Anglian Water. With a particular focus on disability and inclusion                                

    Break - 10 minutes

    11:30     Presenteeism - managing the challenge, Prof Gail Kinman, Birkbeck University

    12:05     The changing workplace environment, Nick Bell

    12:40     Closing – speaker panel – Chair – Roxane Gervais                      

    1pm close

    Audience – SOM and BPS members, students, industry

  • 17 November 2021

    Occupational Health Nursing

    A keynote webinar with the Queen’s Nursing Institute CEO

    A webinar hosted by SOM – Nov 17th 12-1pm

    Chair – Professor Anne Harriss

    How does occupational health nursing form part of the family of nurses who work in community?

    OH nurses have advocated for health professionals over the pandemic e.g. about PPE in Care Homes

    What can we learn from each other e.g. the impact of Long Covid on the health of the workforce?

    Crystal will also cover the role and future of QNI, the QNI review and action plan on Race, Equality and Inclusivity; increasing the representation of BAME nurses with the title of Queen’s Nurse as an example of one action; allyship, career champions, and how being a QN opens doors; and, other ways that QNI is addressing diversity and inclusion.

    Supporting Nurses to tell their stories – through our work with Suzanne Gordon and the importance of being able to share with the public the impact we make on the health of communities - to influence policy.

    Register on Eventbrite here.

    Dr Crystal Oldman CBE is Chief Executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.  Crystal qualified as a nurse at UCH, London. Crystal also spent 18 years in Higher Education, where her role as Dean included the development of evidence based practice within the integrated community nursing, primary and social care workforce. Crystal’s interest in leadership and management inspired her doctoral studies. Crystal is a Governing Body Nurse with Buckinghamshire CCG. In 2017, Crystal was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to community nursing and her leadership of the QNI. Crystal is an Honorary Professor at LSBU.