NHS Health at Work May bulletin

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In April the Faculty of Occupational Medicine jointly with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges held a conference to launch the latest health professional consensus statement on health and work (signed by AoMRC, RCN, AHP) which is attached in the bulletin. The day was well attended by healthcare professionals but also colleagues working across the sector to support people at work and keeping people in work. A key learning point for me was that the GMC are expecting medical students to be taught the principles of holding a 'fitness for work conversation with patients'.

In February this year I was invited on behalf of the Network to attend a streamlining meeting held by NHSI to agree core vaccination and serology for doctors in training. In attendance to share their experiences and successes were many of our Network colleagues who have agreed processes and implemented streamlining in their regions. NHSI have now approached the Network to support them further in this project and we will keep you informed of progress.
Planning for our conference in September is in full swing thanks to Wendy, Anna and Andrew. We will be hearing about the national agenda for occupational health provision with case studies and interesting clinical presentations. Do please start booking your places.

Shriti Pattani
Network Chair

The next edition will be circulated on 5th June 2019.


In this edition:

1. Network Board appointment for West Midlands
2. Network conference
3. OH clearance for overseas nurses
4. Improving Doctors Mental Health conference 22nd May – discount available
5. Practical OH law certificate – member discount
6. NICE quality standard on suicide prevention
7. Talking Work - work modifications guidance resource
8. Healthcare professionals consensus statement on health and work
9. MoHaWK
10. CIPD guidance on menopause
11. SOM conferences
12. Lungs at Work courses
13. NHS Employers update

1. Network Board appointment for West Midlands

We are pleased to announce that Dr Masood Aga has been appointed as the new Board representative for the West Midlands. Dr Aga is a Consultant in Occupational Health at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and we look forward to working with him. West Midlands Network members can contact him via m.aga@nhs.net.

2. Network conference

Our highly acclaimed annual conference will take place on 4/5th September this year at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. A copy of the programme is available here and you can now book your delegate places.

Network members have a free place for one of their OH team. This includes dinner and accommodation at the venue on 4th September and the conference on 5th. Please complete the booking form to let us know who will be attending. Additional full places including dinner and accommodation can be booked at a cost of £295, or day places for just £150.

Non-members can also attend the day of the conference on 5th September. The cost for this is £295.

If you have any queries please contact admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk.

3. OH clearance for overseas nurses

Network members will remember that we recently shared a query on the process for OH clearance for overseas nurses. The responses showed that there was no clarity on the process and we have therefore been in contact with the NMC to seek this. A copy of their response is available here plus revised guidance on health and character issued by the NMC in January.

4. Improving Doctors Mental Health conference 22nd May – discount available

This conference focuses on ‘Improving doctors mental health and supporting doctors with mental health problems: bringing the joy back into work’. Through national updates, learning from lived experience and practical case studies from organisations that are effectively providing mental health support and wellbeing, the conference will provide a practical guide to ensure you are improving the mental health of Doctors and effectively supporting Doctors with mental health issues.

Places are now available at a reduced rate of just £150 plus VAT. You can book online, quoting reference hcuk150haw.

5. Practical OH law certificate – £200 member discount

8 – 10 July 2019, Central London

The At Work Partnership is delighted to offer NHS Health at Work network members a discount of £200 + VAT for places on their Practical OH Law Certificate. This practical three-day qualification is designed to provide occupational health professionals with an in-depth understanding of occupational health law at work.

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

More information is available here.

6. NICE quality standard on suicide prevention

The draft suicide prevention quality standard consultation period is now open.

Please submit your comments on the form listed on the website and ensure all relevant fields are completed. Responses must be submitted to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on Thursday 23 May 2019.

7. Talking Work - work modifications guidance resource

The Council for Work and Health has been overseeing work to research and develop evidence based advice to support doctors in having conversations about work and to enable effective completion of fit notes.

This work was commissioned by the Government’s Work and Health Unit, as one of a number of key initiatives to support the Improving Lives policy intent, to enable more people with illness or disability to remain in, or to be able to access, work.

The resource was developed starting with a comprehensive literature review, supported by a Delphi style consultation workshop and then, through a number of iterations of development, responding to feedback from Council members and other stakeholders. Following a period of formal evaluation the final version of the resource was revealed at this year’s Health and Wellbeing at Work conference in March, receiving strong positive feedback.

More information and a copy of the guidance is available here.

8. Healthcare professionals consensus statement on work and health

Agreed by the Academy, the Royal College of Nursing and the Allied Health Professions Federation, this marks the collective commitment of Healthcare Professionals to the Health and Work agenda. The notion that ‘good work is good for you’ is well known. It’s almost ten years since this concept was first documented by Sir Michael Marmot in his ground breaking review, ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ and later built on by a former chair of the Academy, Professor Dame Carol Black in her report, The Health of the Working Age Population. 

A copy of the statement is available here.

9. MoHaWK

Summer is approaching . . . and so is Round 15!

Hopefully those of you who completed Round 14 of MoHaWK have now pulled off your own reports and started to review the data as well as considered actions that are needed for improvement.

Round 15 is the opportunity to review if the actions undertaken have started to demonstrate improvement.

The data collection period is mainly the month of June (some indicators have to be earlier so that you have blood test results back). Start thinking now which indicators you are going to enter and how you will get the information required from your system.  Data entry will open in July 2019.

New back pain indicators for Round 15 - Feedback has suggested that users would like us to expand the back pain audit section. So three new indicators have been added to this section for Round 15. See the briefing note attached for the Round.

10. CIPD guidance on menopause

The CIPD has carried out research on the impact of menopause symptoms on women at work and has now published resources and guidance to help employers support their staff.

11. SOM conferences

SOM/RSM Spring Meeting: The Older Worker – 22nd May 2019

This meeting will develop skills in the management of the older worker, including co-morbidities, driving, mental health issues and potential increased health risks.

By the end of the day, delegates will have developed their knowledge of:

  • How occupational health practitioners can manage older people at work better, including improved clinical knowledge of issues such as frailty, cognitive function and co-morbidities
  • The current UK policy position towards older people at work 

For more information and to book your place, please click here

SOM/FOM conference, 17-19th June, Bristol

The multi-disciplinary OH conference of the year is run jointly by SOM/FOM, held at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel.

Sessions cover mental health, MSK issues, travel medicine, vocational rehabilitation, men’s health, workplace noise, fitness to drive, pilot health, military OH, the mental health of doctors, the brain health of professional footballers and much more. Full details of the programme, venue and recommended accommodation are available on the OH 2019 website.

12. Lungs at Work courses

The following courses are available. More information is available in the newsletter.

  • Introductory Medical Statistics: Thurs 23 – Fri 24 May 2019 (£175 students/trainees; £280 concessionary rate for first ten NHLI/RBHT staff; £350 all other)
  • Lung Function Testing in the Workplace: Intermediate Level – Wed 12 June - £175
  • Lung Function Testing in the Workplace: Introductory Level – Thurs 11 July - £175
  • Occupational Lung Disease: Keeping up to Date – Thurs 12 Sept 2019 - £150

We have also produced 2 versions of a short animated video about ‘how to do spirometry’. This is aimed particularly at clients/employees who may have difficulty understanding the technique – maybe a language barrier, or other reasons. It is free to download and use.

There is a stills page at the end of one if you need a format to ask about date of birth.  We hope you find it useful!  Any comments or feedback, please get in touch.

Both videos can be also viewed on our referrers page.

13. NHS Employers update

Sign up to the May network conversation

The next network conversation will take place on Monday 13 May 2019 10-11am. Our conversations are a great place to share ideas and chat with health and wellbeing leads from across the health sector. Email us at healthandwellbeing@nhsemployers.org and we will send you joining details. Please note places are limited. 

Reward in the NHS

Our Reward in the NHS event is an opportunity to learn how reward can be used to support the overall wellbeing of staff as well as improving recruitment and retention in your organisation. Find out more and sign up to the total reward engagement network to get your ticket for a preferential rate of £49.

Good mental health at work and good leadership go hand in hand

Read the new article from our very own Sue Covill, Director of Development and Employment, NHS Employers on how employees, managers and organisations can help to tackle mental health at work.

New framework on workforce stress and the supportive organisation

This new framework from Health Education England provides guidance for organisations to support staff with stress.

New CIPD survey report shows rise in stress is linked to poor management 

Read the nineteenth annual CIPD survey to explore issues of health, wellbeing and absence in UK workplaces.

Report on flexible working experiences

Read the key findings of a recent government report on different organisations' experiences of flexible working.

Mental health awareness week

Mental health awareness week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. This year’s focus for the week is body image, focusing on how we feel and think about our bodies.

National walking month

May is national walking month encouraging people to look for opportunities to introduce walking into their daily life. Initiatives include walk to work week.

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 shritipattani@nhs.net
Andrew Gilbey, Network Manager andrew.gilbey25@gmail.com
Wendy Coleman, Network Administrator admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk

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