NHS Health at Work October bulletin

/Board members/Shriti_PattaniDear Colleagues
It was good to see so many of you at our annual conference. It’s great to have a 100% satisfaction rating and I would like to thank the speakers, sponsors, Wendy and Anna for organising such a successful conference. The evaluation data and presentations are on our website. The venue has been booked again for next year so put the date in your diary for 8/9th September 2020 and preparations will begin again soon!
I mentioned at the conference the core list of vaccination and serology produced by NHSI in collaboration with the Network and PHE. This document will be distributed through the Network shortly. The final touches are being made to the Green Book chapter on Hepatitis B and will be disseminated soon.
After listening to the presentations at our conference on wellbeing and burnout try and find some time for yourselves in this very busy time for our services delivering the flu vaccination programme whilst trying to continue business as usual!
Best wishes

Shriti Pattani

The next edition will be circulated on 6th November 2019.

In this edition:

1. Network conference 2019 – 100% satisfaction rating again
2. East of England Network Board vacancy
3. Calderdale framework
4. Certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy skills for OH professionals – member discount
5. MoHaWK
6. Government consultation on measures to reduce health related job loss
7. RCN/SOM OH nursing conference – 29th November 2019
8. NICE quality standard on suicide prevention
9. Business in the Community – Mental health report 2019
10. Stoptober campaign
11. NHS Employers update

1. Network conference

We had another excellent conference at the beginning of September which, once again, had a 100% overall satisfaction rating. Copies of the slides are available here.

We would like to thank all our speakers, exhibitors and, of course, delegates for making this such a success.

We have booked our dates for next year, which are 8th/9th September 2020 and, following positive feedback about the venue, we will be returning to Chesford Grange.

2. East of England Network Board vacancy

We now have a vacancy for a Board representative for the East of England region, following the resignation of Sue Hillman. 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). More information and the application form are available here.

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

3. Calderdale Framework

Following an excellent presentation by Lizzie Wood at the conference, colleagues expressed an interest in a service change model relating to skill, role and service redesign called the Calderdale Framework. You can find out more here.

NHS IMAS have also developed a presentation which provides further information.

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 10 December 2019 to qualify for our early bird rates.  More information is available here

5. MoHaWK

Conference follow up

It was good to meet many of you at the Conference last month, thank you to those who visited the stand and also for the feedback received via the prize draw. I am in the processing of reviewing all the feedback and this is useful as we consider further developments for the tool in future days. For those who were not able to attend, please see the briefings following Round 15: a short national summary and an evaluation of the new subject area audits.

Round 15 – Organisational Report

For those who completed Round 15, have you pulled off your organisational report? What is it showing you? I would love to hear back from you on improvements made as a result of your MoHaWK participation – please get in touch if you have story to tell.

If you haven’t yet pulled off your report – then now is the time to do this. Any queries on how to do this or queries with the report – then please do get in touch via hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk.

Start preparing for Round 16

Round 16 preparation will also start in the near future – so do start to think about blocking time to get your data ready in December / January.

6. Government Consultation on Measures to Reduce Health Related Job Loss

A final reminder that the Government’s public consultation on Health is everyone’s business will close on 7th October. You can access the consultation via this link.

7. 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.

8. NICE quality standard on suicide prevention

NICE has published its quality standard on suicide prevention which covers 4 key ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide. More information and a copy of the standard is available here.

9. Business in the Community – Mental health report 2019

BiTC has issued ‘Time to take ownership’, the results of its fourth annual survey of mental health at work. A copy is available here.

10. Stoptober campaign

The Stoptober campaign launched in September to encourage smokers to end their relationship with cigarettes and ‘give quitting a go’ for 28 days on 1 October. A range of digital and social media resources to help you support the campaign are available for you to download here.

This year there is a new Stoptober Support Group on Facebook. This page encourages smokers to swap tips, stay engaged and motivated with likeminded quitters and previous successful quitters. 

11. NHS Employers update

Leadership tools and resources

Deborah Lee on mental health – leading the way and tackling stigma
In this impactful podcast Deborah Lee, chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust talks openly about her own mental health and the vital role of leaders in supporting the mental wellbeing of staff.

Engaging your board
Find out how to engage your board and senior leaders and gain their support for your health and wellbeing agenda.

NHS People Plan
The NHS Interim People Plan published by NHS England and Improvement sets an agenda to tackle a range of workforce challenges in the NHS. Key themes include making the NHS the best place to work and improving our leadership culture. 

Eight elements for workplace wellbeing
Leadership is one of our eight elements for workplace wellbeing. See top tips on how to create a forward focused leadership culture, recruit board level champions and have effective wellbeing leads. 

Latest news

Building the best place to work
Join NHS Employers and ACAS for their first ever joint conference on 19 November in Horizon Leeds. Based on the theme of building the best place to work, this is a must attend event for people working across health and care wanting to support and retain their staff. 

Flu season has started
Access new resources from Public Health England, supporting your flu campaigns to vaccinate frontline healthcare staff.

Get involved

Webinar: Join us on 10 October for our Menopause and the workplace webinar 
Regional events: Attend a regional network event at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Bridgwater or Priory Rooms, Birmingham
Network conversation: Dial into our network conversation on 23 October


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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