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  • 08 October 2018

    Understanding mental health requires a holistic approach; this approach recognises the giving and receiving of support, to be outward focused and to ensure inclusivity. 

    The Labour Force Survey showed that for 2016/2017, 0.5 million workers were suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression. While work-related stress is not technically a mental health condition, it can be debilitating and can lead to more specific mental health problems.

    There is increasing awareness of the need to support people with mental health conditions in the workplace, but there is still a culture of fear and silence surrounding these conditions. Health and social care workers are at particular risk of mental health problems and burnout. The work can be emotionally demanding and professional ‘helpers’ often prioritise the needs of others over their own wellbeing and are reluctant to seek help.

    The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) are working together to raise awareness of mental health within the work environment and how it can be supported more effectively. This positive step of increasing the attention on mental health in general, and in the workplace in particular, is one that should work towards ultimately removing the stigma associated with the conditions. Our inaugural seminar in 2017 considered some of the challenges and solutions around mental health at work. This 2018 seminar focuses specifically on ‘caring for the carers’, more specifically how health and social care professionals can best be supported to ensure a healthy and satisfying career.

    To view the programme and to book your place please click here.

  • 11 October 2018
    East Midlands

    Venue: The Belfry Hotel, Nottingham

    An annual symposium consisting of clinical updates and talks relevant to occupational health. This will be useful to all occupational health professionals and GPs with an interest.

    Topics covered include an update from the HSE, gambling in the workplace and the impact of drugs on fitness to drive.

    5.5 CPD points have been approved by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

    For further details and booking click here.

  • 02 November 2018


    NEW Save the Date - Friday 2nd November 2018

    The Society of Occupational Medicine Scottish Group Autumn Meeting 2018

    Followed by AGM and Dinner

    Venue: Royal College Of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ

  • 07 November 2018
    Central Southern England

    Date: Wednesday 7th November 2018, 9.00 - 16.30

    Venue: Ark Conference Centre, North Hampshire Hospital, Dinwoodie Drive, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NN

    One day course for Appointed Doctors:

    - This one-day course follows the HSE Training Syllabus for Appointed Doctors and will

    provide a Certificate of Attendance

    - The course is run by Trident Medical Services Ltd, led by Dr. Jonathan Peters MFOM

    - TMS has been providing Occupational Health to the nuclear industry since 1995, and

    have been delivering this course for over 10 years

    - This course has received FOM CPD approval worth 5.5 CPD points for full attendance

    Course fee: £350 + VAT (Total - £420.00)

    To book your place, please contact:

    Trident Medical Services Ltd, 3B Olympus House, Calleva Park, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 8SA

    Tel: 0118 324 9333     Fax: 0118 327 9620     Email:

    To view the course flyer please click here.


  • 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.

    SOM Members, the price is £175 + VAT per person (Non SOM Members, the price is £265 + VAT). Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

    Please note this is an open (public) course and may be subject to minimum numbers attending.

  • 30 November 2018

    RCN and SOM Occupational Health Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2018: Key Issues in Occupational Health

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

    Booking is now open for this leading occupational health nursing conference.

    Back by popular demand: we are pleased to announce the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Occupational Medicine will be jointly hosting this one day conference.
    Open to RCN members, SOM members and non-members alike, this conference is designed to support all health professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. 

    The broad programme will cover a number of topics including:
    - Managing Musculoskeletal and mental health conditions
    - Fit note and fitness to drive update 
    - Supporting those with cancer in the workplace
    - Mesothelioma 
    - Updates in employment law and preparing for employment tribunal

    Don’t miss this opportunity to keep updated on latest developments within the field of occupational health and reflect on how you can use this learning to improve your practice. Please visit the RCN website to make your booking.

    RCN Members or SOM Members - £125 plus VAT (£150.00)

    Non-members - £185 plus VAT (£222.00)

    If you are a SOM member but not an RCN member you need to email with your SOM membership number to be eligible for the SOM member rate. If you are both a SOM and RCN member, please book using your RCN membership number.

    For any queries about this event please contact Liz Russ, Organiser, RCN 
    020 7647 3591

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  • 04 December 2018

    Stress has been recognised by the HSE and many others as one of the biggest single causes of work-related sickness absence.  Its causes are multiple and, although non-work activities are undoubtedly important, there is a widespread belief that work factors can make a major contribution in some instances.

    This course will briefly outline what we understand by stress; what factors at work (and outside) can contribute to it; and what the potential consequences are for the individual or an employer. 

    The presentation will then focus upon what is considered to be an appropriate course of action for employers, with primary prevention (prevention at source) coupled with both secondary and tertiary measures.  This will reflect what is currently recognised as best practice.

    For more information please click here.

    SOM Members, the price is £175 + VAT per person (Non SOM Members, the price is £265 + VAT). Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

    Please note this is an open (public) course and may be subject to minimum numbers attending.

  • 31 December 2018

    Venues and dates available throughout 2018.

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

    Within health and safety it is best practise 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 click here.

    To book please email:

  • 22 January 2019

    Asbestos has been used for decades as an inexpensive industrial material with properties such as high tensile strength, heat resistance, incombustibility and chemical resistance to chemical attack. It has been recognised for more than 50 years that exposure to asbestos can cause serious diseases including cancer and asbestosis.

    Attendees will understand the health hazards of exposure to asbestos, how exposure can occur and how these risks can be managed. With asbestos awareness provided, attendees will be equipped with the basic knowledge and considerations for safe planning of work.

    For more information please click here.

    SOM Members, the price is £130 + VAT per person (Non SOM Members, the price is £175 + VAT). Please login to your SOM account and visit the Benefits and insurance page to access the promotional code.

    Please note this is an open (public) course and may be subject to minimum numbers attending.

  • 25 February 2019

    About: RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) is approved by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) to run the course to prepare candidates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine’s written examination and the oral examination based on a portfolio.

    Date: 25 February 2019 - 08 March 2019

    Venue: 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY

    How to book: Book here.

    To view the flyer please click here.

    Contact details: Joely Campbell    020 7265 7378