NHS Health at Work November bulletin

Dear Colleagues

I am delighted that following the national workshop held by NHSI earlier this year and further consultation with PHE, OH colleagues, and the Network, a final core list of vaccination and serology for new starters was agreed. You received the final list and covering letter last month. The recent pertussis guidance has also been added. There is further information on our website.

The recommendations will be incorporated into the Green Book. The next step is to produce implementation flow charts that demonstrate adherence to the agreed core list. The flow charts will be sent to OH colleagues and PHE colleagues for consultations.

Hope that your flu campaigns are progressing well. 

Shriti Pattani

The next edition will be circulated on 4th December 2019.

In this edition:

1. Guidance on bloodborne viruses
2. Lecture on organisational behaviour – 14th November
3. John Lewis Working Well campaign and report
4. Certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy skills for OH professionals – member discount
5. MoHaWK
6. Work conversations in healthcare: literature review
7. Health Ageing consensus statement
8. Physical activity guidelines
9. RCN/SOM OH nursing conference – 29th November 2019
10. Every Mind Matters campaign – digital resources available
11. NHS Employers update

1. Guidance on bloodborne viruses

‘Integrated guidance on health clearance of healthcare workers and the management of healthcare workers living with bloodborne viruses (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV)’ has recently been published. A copy is available here.

2. Lecture on Organisational Behaviour

On 14th November, King’s College London will host a lecture by Professor Sir Cary Cooper on Organisational Behaviour, focussing on Health and Wellbeing in the workplace .

This lecture will offer a detailed analysis of the latest trends in health and wellbeing at work research, and how psychology can help build a healthier workplace as we adapt to the modern workplace challenges of stress and sedentary jobs.

The lecture will develop an understanding of:

  • The effects of stress at work
  • Presenteeism
  • Interventions to improve health and wellbeing
  • The psychology of workplace health
  • The business case for health and wellbeing
  • Organisational change to promote healthy working conditions

It starts at 17.00 and finishes at 18.30. Half of the proceeds from this lecture will be given to their nominated charity, the Samaritans.
For further information and to register, click here.

3. John Lewis Working Well Campaign and report

New research from the John Lewis Partnership and Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) shows the total cost of absenteeism in the UK due to mental health and musculoskeletal conditions is forecast to reach £3.8 billion in 2025. While substantial, this is dwarfed by an estimated £84 billion in reduced productivity by 2025.

By employers, health experts and government working together, it is estimated businesses in the UK can save up to £1.7 billion by 2025 from the cost of absenteeism, just through early clinical intervention for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions. The cost of reduced productivity could also fall by £36.4 billion. The Working Well Report doesn’t hold all the answers but is the start of a conversation on how to do that. John Lewis are campaigning for all occupational health services to be a non-taxable benefit in kind to incentivise employers to invest in clinical intervention.

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

Part One: 22–24 January 2020
Part Two: 27–28 February 2020
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 10th December 2019 to qualify for our early bird rates.
For more information, please visit our website.

5. MoHaWK

Christmas is coming and so is Round 16!

This year seems to have flown by and its hard to think that we are starting to think about Christmas and New Year festivities. Whilst you are busy plotting annual leave time, please make sure you put  into your diary time to collate your Round 16 Mohawk data. The briefing note will be out very soon. If you collect data manually you will need to start in December, otherwise you can pull your data ready for entering into the system at the start of January 2020.

Watch out here and on the direct messages form the system re new health surveillance audits that will be added to the tool shortly.

6. Work conversations in healthcare: literature review

PHE has published this review to understand conversations about work in healthcare and identify opportunities to make work conversations a part of everyday health interactions. A copy is available here.

7. Health Ageing consensus statement

Ageing Well UK has issued a consensus statement supported by 60 organisations which aims to make the UK the best place to grow old.  The statement was launched on 16 October via a webinar and you can see the presentation here plus questions and observations which arose.

More information is available here or access the Healthy Ageing Knowledge Hub.

8. Physical activity guidelines

The UK Chief Medical Officers have issued new guidelines on the amount and type of physical activity people should be doing to improve their health and the risks of sedentary behaviour. A copy is available here.

9. RCN/SOM OH nursing conference – 29th November 2019

This conference is suitable for all nurses and healthcare professionals working
In, or with an interest in occupational health and will take place in central London. More information and a booking form is available here.

10. Every mind matters campaign – digital resources available

Public Health England launched its major new mental health campaign, ‘Every Mind Matters’, on 7th October 2019. This encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

A range of resources are now available to support the campaign including:

  • Brand guidelines for partners - These guidelines outline who can use the Every Mind Matters brand and assets and how they can be used.
  • Presentation for partners - This PowerPoint presentation can support you in communicating about Every Mind Matters to others.
  • Long and short copy - This is predominantly for internal communications but can also be used for things like newsletters and updating members or stakeholders.
  • Digital banners - These can be used on your website to show your support for the campaign (MPU, skyscraper, leaderboard).
  • TV screen and email signature - Display these on digital screens and via email to promote the campaign.
  • Social media - Facebook and Twitter images and copy publicising the campaign and condition specific support available.
  • Logo lock-ups (available on request) - These say 'Together with Every Mind Matters' and can be added to digital and printed resources to help publicise your support for the campaign (see Brand Guidelines for details).
  • Embedding instructions for the online tool (available for professional users or on request) - These enable you to add the campaign's online tool to your website or intranet.
  • Printed resources - You can continue to order printed resources; these are in stock and being sent out. Further information about logistics are detailed at the top of the resources page.

A campaign toolkit is coming soon. This will include an overview of how you can get involved in the campaign, as well as details of all the resources available and how you can use them.

For more information about the campaign please watch the webinar recording or go to the PHE website.

11. NHS Employers update

Leeds regional network event – 13th November

Additional places have been released for the final regional network event taking place in Leeds on Wednesday 13th November. To accommodate as many as possible, we have extended our booking criteria to allow more than one representative per trust to attend.

Book your place and take a look at the full agenda.

Health and wellbeing network conversations

On 27th November between 10am-11am we'll be discussing mental health including awareness-raising activities and preventative measures, targeted support and interventions, tackling stigma, and building a positive culture.  Email healthandwellbeing@nhsemployers.org to book your place.

Menopause and the workplace

Listen to our webinar to hear real NHS examples of how you can best support and retain staff going through the menopause.  Access further information here.

Tackling the menopause taboo

In this blog from the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group, Associate Director of Workforce Karen Wright shares how Velindre University NHS Trust invested in a diverse range of accessible menopause support services for its staff. 

Reducing ill health related job losses consultation

Following your feedback, we've submitted a response to the DWP/DHSC consultation highlighting that NHS organisations are keen to expand support to employees, but are concerned some barriers won't be addressed by the proposed changes.

Updated occupational health guidance

Access our latest guidance to understand what occupational health services offer and how to get the best from the service for your staff.

Making the NHS the best place to work

Download NHS England and Improvement’s new resource to find out what would make the NHS the best place to work for your staff. Share feedback to shape the development of a new core offer for NHS staff via an online portal or on Twitter using #OurNHSPeople by 8 November 2019. 

Save the date for 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.

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.

Members of OH teams in NHS Health at Work Network member organisations can receive the bulletin and access the restricted areas of the website as a membership benefit – if you are not sure of your login details email admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk.

Please share this bulletin with colleagues and encourage them to register to receive it regularly.

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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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