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  • 25 October 2019


    The Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre

    16 St Mary’s Street Edinburgh EH1 1SU

    Date: 25/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

    The purpose of this educational activity is to provide advanced training to clinical psychologists, social workers, PhD/NP level nurses and physicians in the practice of CBT-I. The workshop is roughly evenly split between didactics and active learning exercises. The learning exercises (Day 2 & 3) include e.g., case presentations and role plays. The lectures (Day 1& 2) cover several topics including advanced models of insomnia, actigraphy, interpreting PSG reports, alternative treatment strategies (e.g., sleep compression, bright light treatment, etc.), alternative treatment delivery modes (e.g. group, telehealth, etc.) and issues regarding medication titration. The programme should position clinicians to more effectively deal with complex issues and cases. This training, along with other CE workshops, supervised practice, a past case load of 10 or more cases, and a reasonable programme of self-study (readings and videos) should adequately prepare individuals for the certification exams.

    For full event information, including eligibilty to attend please click here.

    For registration and further information please contact Lisa Wood

    Tel: 07555796272



  • 06 November 2019
    West Midlands

    Two-day annual OH seminar from The At Work Partnership
    Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire
    6 – 7 November 2019

    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

    Special discounted rates for places booked by 31/8/19: Early bird rate: £450 + VAT or  £350 + VAT self-funded delegates.

    Conference themes include:

    - Mental health at work: PTSD; suicide; gambling addiction and work

    - Occupational respiratory cancers

    - Modern working practices and the role of OH

    - Positive psychology at work – and the joy of work

    - Future working – technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and OH

    - Post-natal depression, stillbirth and miscarriage

    - Disability at work: musculoskeletal pain; chronic fatigue; migraine and headaches

    - OH law and practice: disability and fitness for work; access to OH records, reports and data

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

    This two day seminar offers a fantastic opportunity to update your OH expertise, plus plenty of opportunities to network – including at our exhibition and at our conference dinner on 6 November 2019.

    Book and pay by 31 August 2019 and save money with our early bird booking rates.

    For more information:

    Please view our website for more details:

    For the full event brochure, please click here.

    SOM will be exhibiting at this event so please come and visit us at our stand!

  • 06 November 2019

    We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our autumn meeting, to be held on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Fire Service Headquarters, Oakroyd Hall, Birkenshaw, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD11 2DY. Please find details below:

    9.30 - 10.45 - Dr Samrat Roychowdhury: Ageing workforce - benefits and challenges from a physician's perspective

    10.45 - 11.00 - Break

    11.00 - 12.30 - Dr Beth Durrell, GMC Case Examiner and Consultant Psychiatrist: Insight into the management of doctors in difficulty by the GMC and what it expects from the OH Physicians

    12.30 - 13.15 - Lunch

    13.15 - 14.30 - Dr Suman Mukhopadhaya: Mental state examination and psychiatry risk assessment

    14.30 - 14.45 - Break

    14.45 - 16.00 - Dr Sandip Ghosh: Current advances in the management of Diabetes

    Places are available on a first come, first served basis, and a place is only guaranteed by immediate payment in full to the SOM bank account.

    Please note, the venue is not a hotel therefore lunch and refreshments will be basic. The Fire Service are providing their rooms FOC. A map of the venue is available here.

    There is free parking at Fire Service HQ, accessed from the Whitehall Road West (A58) entrance. Delegates should park in the main car park and present to reception by 09.15. Late attendees are not guaranteed admittance.

    5 CPD points are available. The cost to attend is £25. Payment must be made by BACSPlease use your name as the payment reference. This event is for SOM members only.

    If you would like to attend, please email

  • 13 November 2019

    Venue: The Castle Hotel 18 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LJ

    Date: 13th - 15th November 2019

    ALAMA are delighted to announce their Autumn Conference Occupational Health: Windsor

    The conference starts at 10:00 on Wednesday 13th November which also includes free BLS training/update, and finishes with lunch on Friday 15th November 2019.

    For full event and booking information please click here. 

    For any queries please contact the conference organiser, Sandy Quinn
    Tel: +44 (0)777 186 7137 E:

    SOM will be exhibiting at this event so please come and visit us at our stand!

  • 14 November 2019

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

    An exclusive webinar on what’s new in travel medicine. The webinar will:

    •             Discuss key challenges faced by the international traveller over last year 

    •             Review recent and anticipated changes in national and international guidance

    •             Provide an overview of the expected developments in travel medicine in 2019 and beyond

    Dr Dipti Patel is a consultant in occupational medicine and a travel medicine physician. She is Director of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), and the Chief Medical Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She is also an honorary lecturer in occupational medicine at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at Manchester University.

    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.

  • 22 November 2019
    West Midlands

    Friday 22 November 2019

    Venue: Birmingham

    A one day course from The At Work Partnership teaching you how to prepare concise, well-written OH reports that will provide quality information for managers, be understood by employees, and be defensible if the information contained in them is ever required in legal proceedings. 

    The At Work Partnership has now trained hundreds of OH and allied health professionals in OH report writing skills – if you haven’t attended yet, don’t miss out on this essential training day.

    Course tutors:

    Sandra Winters, Organisational Wellbeing Ltd

    Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

    Dr Nerys Williams, independent OH Physician

    Book and pay 6 weeks before the training and save up to £80 +VAT.

    Self-funded delegates from only £225 + VAT.

    For further information regarding the event, please click here

    Other dates and locations are available. 

  • 29 November 2019

    RCN and SOM Occupational Health Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2019: Key issues in occupational health

    Venue: Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

    Join us as we explore the diversity of practice within occupational health nursing. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills whilst remaining professionally up to date on developments in public health and care in the workplace setting.

    By attending this conference you will:

    - Be updated on the latest occupational health research, practice and policy

    - Develop your confidence and competence in legal issues related to practice and OH report writing

    - Consider and reflect on how to manage complex cases, including Diabetes. Research and evidence will include a focus on drug and alcohol issues, men’s health and individuals with cognitive decline

    - Network with OH professionals from a broad spectrum of industries to share experiences and best practice. Return to your workplace stimulated with fresh ideas to share

    This conference is suitable for all nurses and healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health.

    RCN and SOM members £125 + VAT

    Non-members £185 + VAT

    For further information and to book please click here.

    Online booking available here.

  • 05 December 2019

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

    An exclusive webinar on Colour Assessment in Health and Employment. The webinar will cover:

    •              Fundamentals (i.e., the advantages of colour signals, factors that cause variability in colour vision, the challenges of colour assessment)

    •              The outcome of conventional colour assessment tests and protocols

    •              Justification for the introduction of minimum colour vision requirements

    •              New, efficient approaches to colour assessment and the grading of the severity of colour vision loss

    •              Healthcare applications  

    John Barbur is Professor of Optics and Visual Science and heads the Colour Research Laboratory at City, University of London. John combines fundamental vision science with applied and clinical research, which underpins a long record of research achievement and wider impact.

    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.

  • 06 December 2019
    S Wales and W of England

    Save the date - Friday 6th December 2019

    Venue: Bristol University Wills Hall Conference Centre, Stoke Bishop, Bristol

    "Something's not quite right: when the patient's account conflicts with objective evidence."

    Occupational physicians may find themselves occasionally dealing with patients where the individual’s subjective account differs from other objective evidence. What should we do in these circumstances?

    The South Wales and West of England SOM group will deliver a day’s programme focused on this difficulty. We are planning to have presentations from:

    - A forensic psychiatrist

    - A psychologist

    - An occupational physician talking about his experience with covert surveillance in insurance claims 

    - An occupational physician with many years’ experience in the insurance industry, and

    - A spokesperson from the GMC, clarifying our duties as doctors in this tricky area.

    Full programme details to follow.

    Please contact: to express your interest.

  • 31 December 2019

    Dates throughout 2019

    Workplace drug and alcohol issues are becoming an increasing demand on Occupational Health Teams. 

    Within health and safety it is best practice for every company to have a Drug and Alcohol Policy however they vary considerably between industry and organisations. Procedures associated with the policy need to be practical and balanced in approach, enabling implementation and compliance.

    Delegates will see from the programme that Helen Vangikar has developed four courses to equip Occupational Health Teams with knowledge to confidently tackle issues raised, ranging from policy content, is testing appropriate?, collections and report interpretation and quality standards.

    These courses are suitable for healthcare professionals and allied professionals such as health & safety and human resources.

    CPD Attendance Certificates will be issued to delegates.

    Courses 2 and 3 have CPD accreditation from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    For more information please email: or visit

    Venues and dates available throughout 2019


    Course 1

    Course 2

    Course 3

    Course 4


    Mon 04 Feb

    Tue 05 Feb

    Wed 06 Feb

    Thu 07 Feb am only


    Mon 18 Mar

    Tue 19 Mar

    Wed 20 Mar

    Thu 21 Mar am only


    Mon 23 Sep

    Tue 24 Sep

    Wed 25 Sep

    Thu 26 Sep am only

    To view further course details please click here.