As part of membership of the SOM, members are welcome to join a Special Interest Group (SIG). SIGs tackle some of the most pressing issues facing occupational and workplace health today. Here are some of the activities of SIGs:
- “Mental health in the workplace” events, with the British Psychological Society and advocacy to the General Medical Council about the mental health of doctors
- Agreement as to the scope of practice of Occupational Health Technicians
- Guidelines for HAVS
SIGs give SOM members an opportunity to explore areas of interest that are not necessarily covered through their training, as well as agree best practice. They also enable members from across the UK, and globally, to network with other occupational health professionals working in their field and provide SOM with an invaluable source of expertise and support across our work.
SIGs are currently focusing on Musculoskeletal; Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome; Skin; OH Management; Mental Health; Travel Medicine; Disability Assessor; OH Technicians; Marketing; IT; Wellbeing and GP issues.
SOM is pleased to announce that from 2019, there will be a new Special Interest Group for Vocational Rehabilitation. Linked to this there is an event on 1st May planned with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.
Further information about activity and outputs of the Groups are available on the Members Area of the SOM website.