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  • 04 June 2018

    Work is often a key determinant of health and getting back to good work is often critical to a good outcome. There is a big gap in our occupational medicine knowledge and skills e.g. are we good at completing fit notes effectively. It is imperative that we be robust in our knowledge as a general practitioner.

    To strengthen delegate skills in work and health issues:

    - Review management of common workplace issues such as shift work and any issues relating to an ageing workforce

    - Understand key aspects such as fitness to drive and legal aspects

    - Improved knowledge about the role of the GP in work and health issues and future policy plans in this area

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

  • 06 June 2018

    Wednesday 6 June - Friday 8 June, London

    A practical three-day qualification from The At Work Partnership, accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University. This highly regarded certificate programme is designed to train occupational health and other professionals in the theory and practice of case management skills – in order to improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes.

    Special offer - save £100 + VAT for bookings paid by 20 April 2018.

    For more information and to book please click here.

  • 12 June 2018

    What is the return on investment for occupational health (OH)? Are you unsure as to the (cost-) effectiveness of OH interventions?

    This webinar will highlight the literature, with related case studies, as to the research evidence and global rationale for investing in OH.

    The presentation will draw on the findings of a new SOM report on the global value of OH. A broad meaning to the word “value” will be applied, not limited to financial aspects only, but also include legal, moral, and other less tangible effects (such as effects on the corporate image).

    Finally, the webinar will conclude that there are benefits of investing in OH.

    1 CPD point.

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  • 25 June 2018

    Save the date for the Society of Occupational Medicine / Faculty of Occupational Medicine conference 'Occupational Health 2018', 25th - 27th June in London. For more information please visit the Occupational Health 2018 website.

    An excellent line-up of special workplace visits is being organised by Transport for London, providing unique opportunities for delegates to visit locations not usually available. Confirmed speakers include Dame Carol Black, Expert Advisor on Health and Work to the Department of Health; Professor Neil Greenberg, King’s College London; Professor Craig Jackson, Birmingham University; Professor Diana Kloss MBE, Occupational Health Law Barrister and Professor Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Call for abstracts:

    Don’t miss the opportunity to present your work to national and international colleagues at the SOM / FOM annual scientific conference: Occupational Health 2018, more information here.

  • 28 June 2018

    Free webinar on Health Surveillance, 28th June 2-3pm

    A 1 hour CPD accredited webinar on Health Surveillance by Professor Malcolm Sim. More information to follow.

    Register here.

  • 03 September 2018
    S Wales and W of England

    Online via Cardiff University

    The MSc in Occupational Health is a 3-year part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety. Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points are available after years 1 and 2.

    It offers a convenient means for nurses with busy work schedules and other responsibilities, to gain a postgraduate qualification in Occupational Health. The emphasis is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace.

    The course encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking and comparative analysis of occupational health systems and practice. This is done within a structured and dynamic on-line learning environment that provides interactive multidisciplinary learning and the opportunity for mutual support and collaboration.

    Find out more and apply now.

  • 11 September 2018

    Hazardous substances may enter the body via various exposure routes. Most occupational studies have focussed on the measurement of the concentration of airborne contaminants and other possible routes are often overlooked. Dermal exposure can have an important role in workers total exposure and is very likely to occur in many different workplace situations and for a wide variety of hazardous substances.

    This course will explain why dermal exposure is important in occupational settings and why this is cause for concern for employers.  The course will look at how employers can identify dermal hazards and how workers may be exposed. The course will explore measurement technique that may be used to assess dermal exposure including interception, recovery and visualisation techniques as well as how dermal exposure can be estimated in the absence of actual measurement data. The management and control of dermal exposure is of importance and will also be discussed.

    For more information please click here.

    Special rate for SOM members. Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

  • 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.

    Special rate for SOM members. Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

  • 20 November 2018

    Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to two forms of permanent ill health; hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).  The health changes include reduced sensory perception, muscle weakness and numbness of the fingers; caused by damage to blood vessels, nerves and joints.  In some individuals, symptoms may appear after only a few months of exposure, in others symptoms may not appear for many years. If exposure to vibration is not removed the symptoms are likely to get worse and may become permanent, severely affecting both an individual’s job and social life.

    This course will briefly outline the health implications of exposure to hand arm vibration and the legal requirements of employers to assess the risks.

    The presentation will then focus on the elements of a vibration risk management programme and the monitoring of an effective control programme.

    For more information please click here.

    Special rate for SOM members. Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.