Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
The At Work Partnership and the Occupational Health [at Work]  journal are delighted to send you our October 2016 occupational health e-mail newsletter, highlighting key OH news.

We do hope you enjoy reading this email newsletter! 
If for any reason you don't want to receive this in the future, simply click on the unsubscribe link at the very bottom of this email.

Tea-breaker: what length of sickness absence should be self-certified?
The British Medical Association has passed a motion calling for employee sickness self-certification to be extended from seven to 14 days. The proposal is not supported by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine or the Society of Occupational Medicine. Both bodies say it is in the patient's best interest to start the return-to-work dialogue with GPs and employers sooner rather than later.

Do you think sickness self-certification should be extended to 14 days; remain at seven days; or be extended further? Please complete our tea-breaker poll here. (Just one question!)

Occupational Health at Work online subscribers can view the full news item here

Ageing workforce
A report by the British Medical Association’s occupational medicine committee recommends that OH professionals should help employers review relevant policies, practices and activities to provide a ‘safe, healthy, age-sensitive and discrimination-free working environment’. Ageing and the workplace also recommends that OH staff should help address prevailing myths and prejudices relating to older workers, specifically noting that in most jobs, declining health has no impact on job performance or safety.

Anne de Bono
Dr Anne de Bono will be the next president of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. De Bono is consultant occupational physician at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the chair of the NHS Health at Work Network. De Bono will take up the three-year post in June 2017.

Most workers would not disclose stress
Almost one in three UK employees have experienced mental health issues at work, but most rate their organisations’ support as substandard, a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) finds. Just 44% of workers responding to a CIPD survey say they would feel confident disclosing unmanageable stress or mental ill health to their line manager or employer. 

The state of occupational health nursing
The UK’s biggest ever survey of occupational health nurses reveals that over 80% of practitioners do not consider themselves represented by a national OH body, and most do not feel professionally supported at work.. Part one of the survey found that there was overwhelming support for establishing a Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing. It was carried out in Spring 2016 jointly by the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing Development Group and The At Work Partnership, and is published in the current issue of Occupational Health [at Work].  Part two of the survey report will be published in Spring 2017 and will look at OH nurse education, funding and regulation.

Sleep deprived
Professionals are getting just six hours 28 minutes’ sleep a night, a report from Hult International Business School finds. This is half an hour less than the minimum recommended by a panel of US sleep experts to prevent adverse health outcomes. Approximately two-thirds of respondents said: they had trouble staying focused in meetings when tired; it took longer to complete tasks after a poor night’s sleep; and they found it harder to work with ‘challenging colleagues’ when sleep deprived.

Police force fitness
All except 2% of police officers passed their mandatory fitness tests in the 12 months to August 2015, official figures reveal. The pass rate was higher among male officers than female officers, although the female pass rate was an improvement on the previous year’s figures. The fitness test increases in difficulty depending on the role. Officers who want to take up policing roles in, for example, diving, firearms and air support are required to meet a higher standard.

Employing people with disabilities and health conditions
The government has updated its guidance on helping businesses employ people with disabilities and health conditions. The guidance also encourages businesses to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme, which ‘aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people’.

Research Plus
The latest Research Plus is available free of charge on our website

Research Plus, funded by a grant from the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, is freely available to all OH professionals. It is published as part of the Occupational Health [at Work] journal. It highlights original research and systematic reviews from a wide range of current publications meeting evidence quality criteria. 

Please visit to search all of the articles in Research Plus free of charge from 2007 to the present day.
The October/November 2016 issue looks at research in the following areas, amongst others:
  • Flu vaccine for healthcare workers
  • Weight loss by diet reduces muscle strength
  • Mindfulness training for managers
  • Occupational hearing loss in railway workers
  • Impact of mid-life physical limitations on later life
  • Sleep problems

    To read all of the articles in the latest issue of Research Plus, please visit our website.

Occupational Health [at Work] subscriber information. The latest issue of Occupational Health [at Work] was mailed out on 4 October 2016. Features include:
  • Mental Health First Aid - peer support training in mental health at work
  • The state of OH nursing - A national survey of occupational health nurses
  • Would mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers be morally justifiable?
  • Hand–arm vibration syndrome: the role of occupational health in ensuring legal compliance
View the contents pages here.
Your colleagues can subscribe to this email newsletter free of charge by clicking on this link.

If you would prefer not to receive this e-mail newsletter in the future, simply click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the e-mail.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to colleagues, using the links at the bottom of this e-mail.
Conference and training news
from The At Work Partnership

OH Law Essentials
5 December 2016

A one-day workshop, led by Prof Diana Kloss, barrister and
Nick Hanning of Dutton Gregory LLP offers a detailed introduction to OH law, and a chance to refresh your knowledge.
Book and pay by 31/10/2016 and save £70 + VAT!

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills for OH professionals
This renowned training course is now open to OH professionals, counsellors, occupational physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, practitioner psychologists, case managers and vocational rehabilitation specialists.
Part one: 16-18 January 2017
Part two: 9-10 February 2017

Book and pay by 15/11/2016 and save £200 + VAT!

Advance notice 
Please email for details about the events below:

Preview 2017: OH Legal and Professional Update
2 February 2017

This annual legal and professional update examines hot issues affecting OH practice. Preview 2017 looks at Brexit and other topical areas.

Managing Mental Health at Work
3 February 2017

 A one day workshop reviewing the evidence about how organisations can best manage mental health at work.

Certificate in Managing OH Services
27 February 2017 – 1 March 2017

This three-day course is designed to equip you with the essential management tools to deliver a successful occupational health service.

OH jobs listing

Senior Occupational Health Advisor
Blackpool Council

Independent Occupational Health Advisors
MS Associates

OHP Full/Part Time and Sessional

A variety of OH vacancies
Key People

To see the full list of OH vacancies, please click here.

New service from  The At Work Partnership:
OH Law Online

This unique online OH law subscription service provides an in depth explanation of the key areas of the law – and how they affect your work.

Expertly edited
The site is edited by Allan Tyrer, a well-respected writer on equality law. One of the UK’s most eminent authorities on occupational health law, Professor Diana Kloss is the consultant editor.

Free trial content
Please visit our site to view all of the latest news. You'll find one section of the site is available FREE to show the depth and quality of information.
Browse free content

Browse latest OH legal news
- some of our latest news stories include:

Find out more at

Sign up for our free OH Law email newsletter here

Unsubscribe <<Email Address>> from this list | Forward this email to a friend

The At Work Partnership Limited. Office Suite 1(i), Highstone House, 165 High Road, Barnet EN5 5SU
Copyright (C) 2016 All rights reserved.