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The At Work Partnership and the Occupational Health [at Work]  journal are delighted to send you our June 2016 occupational health e-mail newsletter, highlighting key OH news.

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Sharps and needlesticks
Eight out of 10 NHS organisations had failed to comply fully with the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, an inspection report by the Health and Safety Executive reveals. The HSE looked at 40 NHS organisations across the UK and found in many cases that they had failed to use safer sharps devices, or had used them inconsistently, where this was reasonably practicable. Improvement notices were issued to 45% of the inspected organisations.

Disability employment gap
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability is inviting written submissions to inform its inquiry into how the government can halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people. Specifically, it wants comments on workplace policies and practices, improving the participation of disabled people in business networks, self-employment, access to research and development grants, and job creation. The closing date is 4 July 2016.

Occupational health pay survey
The At Work Partnership is carrying out a major survey of pay and conditions in occupational health. The results, which will be published in the journal Occupational Health at Work, will examine remuneration among OH nurses, physicians and hygienists, analysed according to sector, experience, qualifications and gender. The report will be the sixth biennial pay and conditions survey carried out for the journal and will be published in two parts this summer and autumn. Questionnaires were sent out in late May.

Queen’s Birthday Honours
Dr Olivia Carlton, head of occupational health at Transport for London, has been awarded an OBE for services to Transport for London and for occupational medicine.

A report by the Institute for Employment Studies suggests that being at work while ill may not be such a bad thing after all. It challenges the idea that workers have to be 100% fit before going back to work and argues that the workplace can have a beneficial effect on rehabilitation and recovery, even for workers with serious health conditions. While acknowledging that being at work when ill can have negative consequences – risking cross-infection or making some health conditions worse – it also suggests that employers should look at the positive benefits of some presenteeism at work.

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 June/July issue looks at research in the following areas, amongst others:
  • PPE and highly infectious diseases
  • Desks and sitting at work
  • Organisational change and wellbeing
  • Mindfulness, CBT and chronic back pain
  • Workplace interventions for depression and anxiety  
  • Impact of multisite pain on work ability

Below is an example from the June/July issue of the type of summary provided in Research Plus:

Nightshift nurses at greater risk of heart disease: Female nurses working rotating nightshifts for over five years have a slightly higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), compared with those who have never done nightshifts or had done them for less than five years, this prospective cohort study found. It followed 189,158 female nurses in the ongoing US Nurses Health Study (NHS), which started in 1976, and the NHS2, which commenced in 1989 – 10,822 incident CHD cases were identified during 24 years’ follow-up. After adjusting for age, women who worked less than five years of rotating nightshifts were not at increased risk of CHD compared with nurses without a history of shiftwork. For the NHS, female nurses who worked five to nine years of rotating night shiftwork had a significantly raised risk of CHD (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.21; 1.11–1.33); the risk was greater in those working at least 10 years of rotating nightshifts (HR = 1.36; CI 1.27–1.46) with a significant trend (p < 0.001). The results were similar for the NHS2 cohort. NHS2 data showed that CHD risk decreased with increasing time since quitting shiftwork (p < 0.001)JAMA 2016; 315(16): 1726–1734. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.4454.

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

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OH jobs

Are you an Occupational Health Professional looking for a new challenge?  Would you like to join the UK’s leading occupational health provider?  If so, come and join us!

We are looking for experienced Occupational Health Professionals (both Physicians and Advisors).  We have roles based in various locations around the country.

We offer professional indemnity, professional membership reimbursement, CPD support, PMI and a health cash plan.  We provide ongoing training and development to ensure our people offer the highest level of clinical expertise.

To apply please submit your CV together with a covering letter and your salary expectation to

Conference and training news
from The At Work Partnership


OH Report Writing
24 June 2016
Book now to avoid disappointment - there are only 3 spaces left on this highly recommended workshop which will enable you to prepare concise, well written OH reports.

Wellbeing at Work
Tuesday 5 July 2016
Book now - and don't miss out on this one-day seminar which will give you the knowledge and understanding to introduce a new workplace wellbeing programme or enhance existing strategies.

Workplace Health 2016
Our annual two day conference and exhibition.
13-14 October 2016
Book and pay by 31 July 2016 to save £70 + VAT! 
This year's programme is proving very popular, and looks at the themes of: engagement, absence and return to work; mental health; legal issues;  fitness for work; the OH profession; disability and more. Book now!


OH jobs listing
Regional occupational health nurse  (Band 6)
Aldershot, Hampshire  
Defence Primary Health Care   
Apply by: 15 Jun 2016

SMP - Selected Medical Practitioner
Apply by: 17 Jun 2016

Band 6 Clinical Facilitator - Case Manager
Aldershot, Hampshire
Defence Primary Health Care

Apply by: 22 Jun 2016

Student Occupational Health Lead Nurse
Salford, Greater Manchester    
University of Salford

Apply by: 3 Jul 2016

Independent Occupational Health Advisors
M S Associates - O H Consultancy

A variety of other vacancies from
Key People
Health Management
To see the full list of OH vacancies, please click here.

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