NHS Health at Work September bulletin

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Dear Colleagues

I hope you managed to have a break over the summer and enjoyed our warm weather. 

Before flu comes the conference! I look forward to meeting many of you again over the next 2 days. We have a full agenda with current hot topics, as well as case studies,  interspersed with some clinical material. Those of you who can't attend can access the material on the website after the conference.  

Travel safe and see you at the conference.

Best wishes

Shriti Pattani

The next edition will be circulated on 2nd October 2019.

In this edition:

1. Network conference – 4/5th September
2. MoHaWK – Round 15 closing on 6th September
3. Government consultation on measures to reduce health related job loss
4. Certificate in OH Case Management – member discount
5. FOHN Chief Operating Officer and President
6. ‘We are undefeatable’ campaign launches
7. Local Healthy Workplace Accreditation Guidance
8. Mental wellbeing at work guideline update
9. Every mind matters campaign
10. Stoptober campaign
11. FOHN AGM and workshop
12. CEOHG conference
13. NHS Employers update updated 28.08.19

1. Network conference - 4/5th September

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Network conference tomorrow and Thursday. A copy of the programme is available here and if you have any queries about your booking please contact Anna at forumconferences@btinternet.com (07932 737844) or Wendy at admin@nhshealthatwork.co.uk (07584 269322).

2. MoHaWK

Round 15 – last chance – it really will close on 6th September  

Round 15 opened on 1st July for data inputting. For a few services who have not managed to get their data in, it will remain open until Friday 6th September. This really is your last chance to make this Round. Any service submitting data after the original date (23rd August 2019) will not be included in the national summaries that are being produced. But you can still pull off your own report and consider your areas for improvement as a service.

Don’t forget that new back pain indicators for Round 15 have been added.  Feedback has suggested that users wanted us to expand the back pain audit section. Three new indicators have been added to this section for Round 15. See the briefing note attached for the Round.

For those services working towards SEQOHS accreditation, the paper and electronic record keeping audits may prove very valuable to you. Two excel tools to aid data collection are available on the Knowledge Management area of the system as well as the manager and worker (face to face and telephone) feedback sections.

If you have submitted your data and signed off your data entry, then do start to pull off your own service report and consider the areas that you need to work on over the next few months before Round 16 starts in December.

Any questions, please do contact me hilary.winch@nnuh.nhs.uk.

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

Further consultation engagement events have been announced as part of the Government’s public consultation on Health is everyone’s business (see table below).

Each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks. Offering flexibility, early support and occupational health advice are the key to successful retention in the workplace. We know that many employers already see the case to invest in health and wellbeing. But some, particularly smaller ones, might not have the knowledge or time to support their employees with health conditions, even when they want to.

The Government’s consultation seeks to address these challenges and is focussed on four main areas:

  • amending the legal framework to encourage early action to support individuals when they are absent from work and to facilitate more conversations to agree effective workplace modifications;
  • Reforming of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) so that it is better enforced, more flexible, and support the lowest paid employees;
  • Measures to improve availability of high-quality, cost-effective occupational health (OH) services for employers; and
  • Improving advice and support from government for employers to understand and act on their responsibilities.

You can access the consultation via this link, which will be open until 7th October 2019, or sign up for one of the events to learn more.


4. Certificate in OH Case Management – member discount

2-4 October 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 our Certificate in OH Case Management. This highly regarded, practical three-day qualification is designed to train occupational health and other professionals in the theory and practice of case management skills – in order to improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes.

More information is available here

5. FOHN Chief Operating Officer and President

Voluntary role, part time, two year initial term 

After many years of dedication to the recognition and continuous improvement of occupational health nursing, Christina Butterworth is stepping down from her leadership role at the FOHN, creating an opportunity for others to step forward and take on one of these stretching but rewarding roles.

This is an exciting time for the Faculty of Occupational Nursing (FOHN), as we establish ourselves as the ‘go to’ organisation for occupational health nursing. Providing the standards, information and support required to take the profession forward. 

We are looking for two exceptional leaders who can maximise this opportunity; a Chief Operating Officer who works closely with the Executive Committee to deliver the business plan and maintain operational excellence, and a President who works closely with the Board of Trustees to define the strategy and act as the figurehead for the organisation. 

It is important to emphasise that FOHN is a membership organisation that aims to empower its members to do their best.

The COO/President will work closely with the Registrar, Executive Directors and other team members in delivering the mission, vision and values of the FOHN.  

How to apply 

  • Before you apply for this role, please download and read the accompanying recruitment pack
  • For an informal discussion about this role or more information please contact us
  • Please send your CV and Supporting Statement, explaining why you are interested in this post, your suitability for the position and how you feel you can support the ethos and values of FOHN to info@fohn.org.uk
  • Please supply the contact details of 2 referees. We will not approach referees without your prior agreement
  • Please also indicate your ability to start the role 

Interviews and related activities will take place via teleconference.

6. ‘We are undefeatable’ campaign launches

15 leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector, with support from Sport England and Public Health England, have developed the ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign, which launched on 2nd September.

The campaign aims to change the misconception that those with long-term health conditions can’t be active. It seeks to inspire and empower those who are least active to build physical activity into their lives in small chunks, in a way that long-term health conditions allow, whilst celebrating every little victory.

A range of resources that can be ordered and downloaded from the Campaign Resource Centre

If you have any questions, please feel free to email partnerships@phe.gov.uk.

7. Local Healthy Workplace Accreditation Guidance

Public Health England in collaboration with the Local Government Association and Association of Directors for Public Health has published Local Healthy Workplace Accreditation Guidance.
This guidance provides information for local authorities and their partners who are planning to, or are in the process of, setting up a Local Workplace Health Accreditation Scheme.

8. Mental wellbeing at work guideline update

NICE is recruiting for topic expert roles to join the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) developing the update to Mental wellbeing at work guideline.  The roles they are looking to appoint are:

  • an occupational health/medicine specialist 
  • a head of workplace wellbeing
  • a mental health champion or mental health first aider
  • a representative of a small-to-medium enterprise/self-employed individual
  • a GP

Information on the role and how to apply is available here. The scope of the guideline is currently out for consultation and full details can be obtained here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 9 September 2019.

9. Every mind matters campaign

PHE will be launching a major mental health campaign in October 2019. It aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.

For more information watch the webinar recording, which covers: background and campaign aims; key learnings from the pilot; campaign plans for October; and how you can get involved.

Printed and digital campaign resources will be available to order and download in due course.

10. Stoptober campaign

Stoptober is returning for its eighth year with an exciting new campaign and PR activity launching on 19 September. This year, Stoptober will encourage smokers to end their relationship with cigarettes and ‘give quitting a go’ for 28 days on 1 October. To boost their chances of quitting the campaign will signpost to the full range of support tools available, including the Personal Quit Plan that was developed for last year’s campaign.

You can now order Stoptober campaign resources on the Campaign Resource Centre, including posters and leaflets, plus some brand-new resources for 2019.

Closer to launch we’ll also make a range of digital and social media resources that bring this year’s theme to life available for you to download.

The Personal Quit Plan, a tool to help smokers find the most suitable stop smoking support for them, is available to embed on partner websites. For more information on how to do this, download the guide from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. For professional users only, you'll need to be signed in to access the instructions.  

11. FOHN AGM and workshop

The Faculty of Occupational Nursing will be holding their AGM and an audit workshop on Tuesday 1st October in Liverpool. More information is available here.

12. CEOHG conference

The Central England OH Group is offering a one day conference on 11th November. Speakers include Professor Diana Kloss, Hamish Moore, Dr Nerys Williams, Nicola Suckley, Dr Julia Denning, Professor Amanda Griffiths and Glyn Morris.

More information and booking is available here.

13. NHS Employers update

Evaluate your health and wellbeing initiatives
InsightsX is an online platform which enables you to evaluate your health and wellbeing initiatives and manage your own web pages for polls, charts, surveys and consultations. InsightsX also provide best practice on how to engage your staff in your evaluation approach. Access the website for more information.

Health and wellbeing framework diagnostic tool
Assess your organisation against the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework's diagnostic tool to understand your status against the framework and to help you identify priority areas of focus. 

Evaluation network conversation
Our last network conversation took place in July and focused on evaluation. We had over 30 health and wellbeing leads who shared challenges and best practice. Find out what other trusts are doing in the notes from the call.

Menopause and the workplace
Read how Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust developed and implemented a menopause strategy which had a positive impact for staff working with the menopause. For more information on menopause and the workplace take a look at our web page.

Have your say on flexible working
The Department of Health and Social Care wants to know what would help you create the work-life balance that you want? Join the discussion via the online community Talk Health and Care and contribute your ideas.

Health and wellbeing conference
Join us on Tuesday 25 February 2020 in Horizon Leeds for our third annual health and wellbeing conference. 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.

Sickness absence webinar
Join the managing sickness absence webinar on 24 September. Delivered by Acas and NHS Employers the webinar will cover how to review and manage your approach to sickness absence.

Health and wellbeing network conversations
Our next conversation is 25 September 10am - 11am, where we will be discussing the blog from the Institute of Employment Studies on mental health first aid training, line manager support and menopause at work. To book your place email healthandwellbeing@nhsemployers.org.

Regional network events
Join our regional events which offer an opportunity to connect with your local network, share good practice and collaborate to develop solutions and strategies to shared challenges.


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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