NHS Health at Work Network December Bulletin

Dear Colleagues

This year there has been a big focus on the wellbeing of healthcare workers particularly doctors. Therefore, it is really good to be ending the year with the publication of a report in November  'Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients' . The report is a result of an independent review  commissioned by the GMC and the Network was approached for its’ input during the review. The report focuses on the ABC of doctors core needs and six urgent steps.  It is really encouraging to read about the importance and urgency placed on NHS leaders to take forward positive actions and steps and reinforcing some of the messages we have been pushing as OH professionals for many years. This is a really positive start as we look ahead to 2020!

Our sincere thanks to you, the membership, for all your continued commitment and energy. We hope you will be able to recoup and recharge over the festive season and that 2020 will be a great year for you, your Services and the Network.

Wishing you all a peaceful and restful festive season.

Best wishes


Shriti Pattani


Giles Wright

Deputy Chair

The next edition will be circulated week commencing 6 January 2020.

In this edition:

1. MoHaWK

2. South East Coast Region: Network Board Vacancy

3. Network Member Discount on CBT Skills Training

4. GMC Report on Wellbeing of Doctors and Medical Students

5. NHS Employers Update

6. Report: The Future of the Occupational Health Workforce

7. Multiple Conditions Handbook

8. The Darzi Fellowship Programme 2020/2021

9. Workplace Health: Call for Abstracts

10. Blog: Are We Overlooking Self-Care?

11. Physical Activity Toolkit


1. MoHaWK – Available for all Network Members!

It’s nearly time for Round 16 and news of the brand new audio audit.

It’s that time again, when MoHaWK is due to open for its next round of data submission / audits. The data collection for the majority of topics is the month of December – so if you collect your data electronically there is nothing to do until the New Year. If you collect your data manually then you may want to decide which subject areas you want to focus on for this round. The briefing paper is available here

Exciting news – Round 16 sees a new audiometry audit being placed into the system. 

This is sectioned into four parts detailed below:

  • Audiometry surveillance pre-test screening 
  • Audiometry surveillance test audit
  • Audiometry surveillance results audit 
  • Audiometry surveillance post surveillance 

You can choose to do one or all sections (you do not have to do them all). The test audit section can be undertaken as a supervised practice audit.

I have attached an audit collection tool document to aid collating the data for submission to MoHaWK. As it is a new section I have attached the briefing paper for this separately to the main briefing paper. If you undertake the audit, I would appreciate some feedback on how you found it in case some minor tweaks are needed for future rounds.

Any queries – please do get in touch hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk

2. South East Coast Board Vacancy

Following many years of excellent Network Board support by Emma Palmer, OH Nurse Manager at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, we now have a Board vacancy for the South East Coast region. Board members are expected to provide a communication link with members in their region so that they are able to represent their views at the Board meetings. The Board meets 3 times a year (one via teleconference, once in central London, and once at the time of our annual conference in September).

More information and the application form are available here.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Emma for her long standing support to the Network and wish her well for the future.

3. Network Member Discount - Save £200! 

Certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy skills for OH professionals – member discount

Part One: 22–24 January 2020 - London

Part Two: 27–28 February 2020 - London

The At Work Partnership is delighted to offer NHS Health at Work Network members a discount of £200 + VAT for places on our Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills for OH Professionals.  

This five-day course is designed to train OH practitioners, and allied health professionals, in the effective delivery of CBT skills and techniques. It will equip you with the skills and understanding to apply CBT to the workplace management of common mental health problems, in order to increase staff retention and promote return to work from long-term sickness absence in a cost-effective way.

Book and pay by 10 December 2019 to qualify for our early bird rates.

For more information, please visit https://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/conference/certificate-in-cbt

Certificate in Managing Occupational Health Services  30th March – 1st April 2020, Central London  

The At Work Partnership is delighted to offer NHS Health at Work Network members a discount of £200 + VAT for places on our Certificate in Managing Occupational Health Services.   This three-day Certificate programme is designed to equip you with the essential management tools to deliver a successful occupational health service.    Book and pay by 31 January 2020 to qualify for our early bird rates.    More information is available from: https://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/product/certificate-in-managing-ohservices-2020

4. GMC Report on Wellbeing of Doctors and Medical Students

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published independent findings from a UK-wide review into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students.  The Caring for doctors, Caring for patients report identifies a need to address the wellbeing of doctors faced with higher workloads, whose own health impacts on patient care.  The report identifies eight recommendations and practical examples to support the wellbeing of medical students and doctors, and enable them to deliver safe, and good, patient care. The report is available here

5. NHS Employers Update

FREE 2020 Health and Wellbeing Conference - Save the date of our 2020 conference!

Block out your diary on Tuesday 25 February 2020, so you can join us at our third annual health and wellbeing conference being held at Horizon Leeds. This free event is for NHS health and wellbeing leads, HR directors and anyone who has responsibility for the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. The day will bring members of our NHS Employers health and wellbeing network together and hear the latest thinking from experts within the sector. Details of how to register your place will follow closer to the time of the event.

NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework

A reminder for colleagues about NHS Employers’ ‘Health and Wellbeing Framework’ which is available here

Mental Health Podcast

NHS Employers recently launched an excellent podcast ‘Deborah Lee on Mental Health: leading the way and tackling stigmas’

6. Report: The Future of the Occupational Health Workforce

Check out the report by the Society of Occupational Medicine entitled 'The Future of the Occupational Health Workforce' which is available to view here

7. Multiple Conditions Guidebook

The Multiple Conditions GuidebookThis resource from the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions showcases ten examples of how local areas and frontline professionals are responding to the challenge of how to provide better care to the 15 million people in England living with multiple long-term conditions.

8. The Darzi Fellowship Programme 2020/2021

The prestigious Darzi Fellowship has seen over 10 years of Darzi Fellows experience a unique combination of learning, development, innovation and leadership. There is an ever growing alumni of Darzi Fellows, these Fellows are a new generation of healthcare professionals, who have a clinical role or background coupled with the skills of systems leadership, and innovation. As we grow from strength to strength the opportunity is here once again for NHS organisations to employ a Darzi Fellow to support your quality strategy, and for healthcare professionals to become confident leaders of complex change.

For more information regarding the Programme for 2020 visit: https://sites.google.com/view/londondarzi2020fellowship/home

9. Workplace Health: Call for Abstracts

The Royal Society for Public Health are seeking contributions highlighting progress and best practice, and providing insight on measures to improve the quality of work, management and supervision, and analysis of interventions or support that may contribute to understanding whether the ambition in the ‘Improving Lives’ strategy and subsequent ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ Green Paper is achievable. Possible topics may include: 

  • Thought leadership analysis of policies and programmes in place
  • Original research on interventions, adjustments or other measures to improve workability
  • Analysis of key data to understand health needs of workers or barriers to employment
  • Innovative measures to deliver occupational health interventions, promoting health improvement
  • Review of measures to enable employers, employees and healthcare practitioners to work effectively to enable work access when desirable

Abstracts are now being invited for submission, and should be submitted by 31 January 2020. The deadline for submissions of full articles would be 29 May 2020. More information is available here

10. Blog: Are we overlooking self-care?

In this blog for Self-Care Week, Dr Selwyn Hodge calls out self-care as more than just ensuring patients with long-term illnesses are able to follow and adhere to instructions for coping with their conditions. The former chair of the Self Care Forum and Royal Society for Public Health argues that a population-wide commitment to wellness and self-care is the only way forward for a sustainable healthy future. Read the blog.

11. Physical Activity and Lifestyle Toolkit

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently launched its’ Physical Activity and Lifestyle Toolkit'. This toolkit has been designed by the RCGPs in partnership with Sport England with National Lottery funding. Whilst it is aimed at primary care professionals in the UK, any health professional concerned about their own activity levels may find the toolkit useful. The toolkit is designed to have something for all clinicians. It sets out useful strategies for physical exercise as well as acting as a learning resource and signposting toolkit. https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/physical-activity-and-lifestyle.aspx


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Please get in touch if you have any queries or comments, if there is anything you would like to see in future issues of the bulletin, or if you have news to share.

Dr Shriti Pattani, Chair shritipattani@nhs.net

Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager andrew.gilbey25@gmail.com

Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

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