Welcome to our July 2020 e-Bulletin

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Dear Colleagues

I hope that you are keeping well and managing to find solutions to manage the continued heavy workload in our services. 

Anecdotally I am aware that some OH services have benefitted from the Dynamic Purchasing Framework and there have been 660 hits on our website to this resource. The Framework is constantly being updated so please do keep an eye on the increasing number of resources that you can access for your service if required. 

The most recent usage data for the national resources produced by NHS England to support NHS staff, include 167,416 sessions on people.nhs.uk website, 128,011 downloads of apps and self-help materials, 3,627 calls to the National helpline, and 1,601 text conversations. 

The NHS England COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Recovery Commission is now focusing on considering what the long-term health and wellbeing offer should look like up until March/April 2021 and the next 5 years and which of these should transition into the people plan. The need to have compassionate leadership in the NHS is recognised as vital for this recovery phase and indeed long term. To this extent a range of new coaching and mentoring support service resources has been launched. I will keep you informed of further key developments.

Colleagues have raised the opportunity to set up speciality groups within the network to share ideas and share good practice. We will be discussing how best to establish the groups and share this with you. 

Although it is a shame that we have had to postpone our conference to March 2021, hopefully when we meet both Covid and flu will almost be behind us. It will be a time to reflect and celebrate the amazing work you have all done through Covid and continue to do!

With best wishes

Shriti Pattani


In this edition:

    1. A New Date for our Annual Conference
    2. Membership Benefits
    3. Ask-A-Question
    4. COVID-19 Resources
    5. Government Report – Provision of OH & MSK Services
    6. Network Board Vacancies – South West and East of England regions
    7. MoHaWK
    8. Webinar
    9. Migraine at Work
    10. Latest Research and Useful Resources

The next edition will be circulated week commencing 26 July 2020.

1.    A New Date for our Annual Conference, AGM and Dinner

It will probably come as no surprise to you to hear that due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions we are having to reschedule the date for our annual conference, AGM and dinner which was originally planned to take place on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September, 2020.

The new date for your diaries is Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March 2021.  

The venue remains unchanged - the Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  

We are sorry to have to make this change, but the new dates are likely to result in a much better conference than would otherwise have been the case.

More details including a revised conference programme will be available from the autumn.

2.    Membership Benefits

We have been delighted to see the overwhelming majority of NHS occupational health teams renew their Network membership for the coming year.  

Find-A-Provider Listing On Our Business Pages

One of the many benefits open to Members is to have your OH Service listed in our business pages – a great source of potential new income and business leads and a shop window for your Service for our 150,000 web visitors a year!  Please check that your details are still correct, and let us know of any changes.  You don’t have to be listed, so if you are not in a position to take on any new external work, please let us know and we can temporarily, or permanently, remove your listing.  You can be added back in at any time.

National Performers List

Members can have their Service listed as a health screening provider for staff wishing to join the NHS National Performer’s List.  Please check here to see if you are listed, and that your contact details are still correct.  If you want your Service to be added to this list, just let us know and we will do the rest.

Monthly e-Bulletin

All Members of your team can opt-in to receive this monthly e-bulletin straight to their inbox, as well as having full website access, including to the Members-only areas.  If you want your colleagues adding, just send us their names, e-mail addresses and job titles and we will set them up on the system.  Alternatively, they can register here themselves to receive the bulletin 

3.    Member Benefit: Ask-A-Question

Network Members can ‘Ask-A-Question’ of their colleagues from around the country – a great way to find out how your colleagues are approaching specific challenges, and saving you from having to re-invent the wheel.

Earlier this month, Dr Paul Harris, OHP, asked a question about COVID-19 Antibody Test Results.  Paul was delighted with the responses, and said … “there were some really useful responses. I think the speed and thought given by a number of respondents was particularly beneficial and I will certainly look to use the service in the future.”

You can see the responses to Paul's question, and all the others here.

If you want to ‘Ask-A-Question’ just let us know and we will post it for you.

4.    COVID-19 Resources

We continue to regularly update our website with the latest advice, guidance and information relating to COVID-19.  This also includes some really good case studies and practical documents developed and used by our Network colleagues across the country.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed, and please keep sharing!

5.    National Report: Understanding the Provision of OH and MSK Services

The Department for Work & Pensions and the Department of Health & Social Care have recently published their report ‘Understanding the provision of occupational health and work-related musculo-skeletal services’.  This report will be of particular interest to many OH services when considering their current and future OH workforce challenges.  

We continue to work very closely with these government departments and would be very happy to share your thoughts, views and opinions about any occupational health matters.  Just get in touch with us and let us know!

6.    Network Board Vacancy: South West Region and East of England Region

Following many years of excellent NHS Network Board support by Barry Lane, we now have a Board vacancy for the South West region. We also have a Board vacancy for the East of England region to replace Hazel Ade-Williams.

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).

More information and the application form are available here. The deadline for applications is Friday 31st. July.  To find out more, or for an informal discussion, please contact admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

7.    MoHaWK – Round 17 Is Opening on 1 July

All NHS Network Members have a MoHaWK licence as part of their membership package, and will pleased to hear that Round 17 will open for data input on Wednesday 1st July!  

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine recognises that many OH services have been under significant pressure or had significant disruption over the last few months due to COVID-19 and therefore there will be no ‘deadline’ to submit your data. We will leave the Round open until December (just prior to Round 18 commencing) allowing you time to update as you are able. We have also not added any extra sections for this round so you do not have to update any electronic reporting. 

The data collection for the majority of topics is the month of June and so you can gradually review the sections you want to complete and pull your data accordingly. You could just focus on one or two aspects per month making the data collection more manageable during these crazy times   

The briefing note is attached, as well as audit collection tools for the paper record keeping, electronic record keeping and audiometry audits to aid your data collection if needed.

We are starting to explore areas to consider in relation to COVID and I hope to include these for Round 18. Please do send any thoughts on this to hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk

8.    HSE Guidance on Protecting Vulnerable Workers

The HSE have updated their guidance on protecting vulnerable workers from Covid-19.  This is available here.

9.    Migraine at Work: Guidance for Managers

Lancaster University, supported by NHS colleagues, have produced a guidance document for managers on migraine at work.  Please feel free to utilise this helpful resource in your daily practise.

10. Latest Research and Useful Resources

The following research papers may be of interest:

This paper shares the latest research regarding the airborne spread of SARS-COV-2

This paper reports on the research relating to the re-use of face masks

An article on limiting ‘moral injury’ in healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic – Dr Shriti Pattani, Network Chair, is one of the co-authors.

The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors have published a range of guidance and inforgraphics as follows:

A guide to creating a Safe Workspace.

A Guide to Creating a Safe Workspace - interactive infographic

Working from home safely - an interactive graphic


The NHS Health at Work Network brings together all OH teams providing health and wellbeing services to NHS OH staff.  It is dedicated to providing consistent, high quality health at work services to all NHS staff through collaborative working.

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You can contact the Network through your regional representative or as shown below.  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                                            chair@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager                       admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

Postal address: NHS Health at Work, PO Box 857, York YO31 6FR