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  • 14 June 2021

    A FOM approved course in preparation for the FOM Diploma in Occupational Medicine (DOccMed).

    The course covers:

    - The Diploma Examination 
    - How to write the Diploma Portfolio (workplace risk assessment and clinical case) 
    - 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, redeployment, and ill health retirement 
    - 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
    - Tendering for occupational health services

    Course Leaders: Dr Lanre Ogunyemi & Dr Alan Bray

    Summer 2021 Course Dates (Virtual - Online):

    - June 14 – 19
    - July 5 – 9

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

  • 30 June 2021


    DRAFT PROGRAMME – SOM Conference in partnership with the SOM Scottish group

    Online 30th June with planned evening Garden reception at the Royal College of Physicians on 1st July

    £25 to attend (£50 for non-SOM members) - you will be emailed a Zoom link to join


    9.15am Open and Welcome - Chair - Dr Vicky Mason, SOM Council Chair

    Jean King - Work and Health Unit re. new work is everyone business consultation response.

    Q and A



    Introduction by Dr Kerry Freer, SOM Scottish group


    Health inequality post Covid-19 the role of work and (un)employment; Professor Harry Burns

    10.30am Clinical essentials update 1

    Chair – Prof Kaveh Asanati FFOM Consultant Occupational Physician & Visiting Professor in Occupational Health | Imperial College London and SOM Education Panel Chair:

    -    OH learning zone – Dr Julian Eyears

    -    Common Mental Health Disorders Dr W Wojcik –

    -    OH and new Technologies  - Dr Julian Eyears

    11:30am Annual Thackrah Lecture HSE Sarah Newton, Chair

    Q and A


    12.30-1.15pm Lunch and poster walk


    1.15-2.15pm Neurodiversity round table - separately hosted by Lexxic - new Zoom login tbc

    Chair - Dr Rikard Moen, SOM International Chair 



    Clinical essentials update 2

    Chair – Christine Poulter, SOM Hon Clinical Adviser

    -    Health surveillance  – Dr Jon Spiro

    -    HAVS update – Dr Roger Cooke

    -    Occupational Health Leadership - Dr Jenny Napier 


    3.15-3.30pm Break


    3.30-5pm Clinical essentials update 3

    Chair – Dr Will Ponsonby, Past President, SOM

    Legal update - Lindsay Cartwright

    -    Psychological PPE for health care workers Prof Neil Greenberg

    -    The wellbeing evidence base challenge - Prof Cary Cooper 


    5-6pm SOM AGM - new Zoom login - (to be emailed to SOM members only).

    Chair - Professor Anne Harriss

    Possibly Hon Membership to RCP and FPH Presidents?

  • 06 July 2021

    A three day programme from The At Work Partnership run with the support of Brunel University London.

    Certificate in Managing Mental Health at Work
    6-8 July 2021, A virtual event

    A practical qualification from The At Work Partnership designed to give OH professionals the in-depth knowledge, strategies, skills and techniques to successfully manage mental health at work.

    Course director and chair: Dr Nerys Williams, independent occupational physician

    > Evidence review of workplace interventions
    > Devising a workplace strategy
    > Controlling risks
    > Guidance on how OH professionals can manage cases
    > The OH consultation: best practice
    > Responding to trauma
    > Alcohol and substance misuse
    > Assessing fitness for work
    > The duty to make reasonable adjustments
    > Ensuring legal compliance
    > Keeping people productively in work and ensuring successful return to work

    Book and pay by 15 May 2021 to save £100 + VAT with our early bird rates.

    For further information, please click here.

  • 14 July 2021

    FREE Webinar. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join.

    Thinking Differently about Neurodiversity at Work

    When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as any other human variation. This includes people with differences like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (DCD), Dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD. Approximately 15% of the population of the UK and Ireland are neurodiverse - representing a significant proportion of existing staff, job applicants and customers.

    Expectations are growing for organisations to report on, act on, and advocate for neurodiversity in their workplaces. The unique strengths and talents of neurodiverse individuals also remain largely untapped. But what does positive change in an organisation look like in practice?

    Specifically, we will cover;

    • An introduction to neurodiversity in the workplace

    • Employers duty of care under the law

    • Making the business case and getting buy-in from senior leaders

    • How managers can recruit and empower neurodiverse talent

    • Good practice examples of change in D&I at an organisational level

    • Q&A

    Speaker Bio:

    Aidan Healy

    Aidan Healy a Business Psychologist and the CEO of Lexxic. He is on a mission to create a working world where all minds belong. He has fifteen years of experience in people development roles holding qualifications in psychology, leadership development and coaching.

    Lexxic are a specialist consultancy who are leaders in the field of neurodiversity in the workplace. Now a team of 25 people, they work as trusted advisors to over 200 organisations each year throughout the UK and Ireland. With a thirteen-year track record, they partner with organisations to empower neurodiverse talent and help them develop cultures that are neurodiversity friendly.

    Register on Eventbrite here.


  • 31 December 2021


    Dates available throughout 2021:

    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.

    MRO1 and MRO2 have CPD accreditation from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    For more information please email: or visit

    Venues and dates available throughout 2021:


    Policy, morning

    Collection Officer



    Zoom UK/GMT





    Zoom UK/BST





    Zoom UAE BST-3hrs





    Zoom UAE BST-3hrs

    03 Oct




    To view further course details please click here.