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

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CPD Personal Learning Zone
Subscribers to Occupational Health [at Work] can now log CPD hours online, by reading and reflecting on featured articles and other signposted content. For doctors and nurses, the documented learning can be used as part of the evidence for revalidation; and for other workplace health professionals, hours can be logged in learning portfolios.

Tea-breaker: digital OH
In the latest issue of Occupational Health [at Work], we explore the need for the OH industry to adopt new technologies to help run services more efficiently. We would like your views on how remote consultations compare with in-person consultations. Please complete our Tea-breaker poll here:
OH pay and benefits survey
Most occupational health and hygiene professionals frequently work unpaid overtime, but also receive additional benefits, reveals part two of our pay and benefit survey, published in the latest issue of Occupational Health [at Work]. A marked difference between sectors is reported in terms of annual leave entitlement, with 92% of NHS respondents reporting having at least 31 days’ holiday a year; compared with 60% of those working for a commercial provider who receive no more than 25 days’ annual leave.
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CIPD absence
Employee sickness absence fell to its lowest level for seven years, the latest absence survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found. The survey, conducted in partnership with health insurer Simplyhealth, shows that mean absence fell to 6.3 days per employee in 2015/16 across sectors, compared with 6.9 days the previous year. Employers rated occupational health involvement as the most effective means of managing long-term absence.

Results of last month's "tea-breaker" poll on self-certification
The majority of OH professionals responding to last month’s Tea-breaker poll said the current seven day sickness absence self certification period should not be extended to 14 days, despite calls to do so by doctors’ union the British Medical Association. While 86% said that self-certification should remain at seven days, 7% agreed that it should be extended to 14 days; and just 2% thought it should be extended further.

Nurse suspended for concealing Cafferkey’s temperature
Registered nurse Donna Karen Wood (NMC PIN: 85J0323E) has been suspended for two months after a disciplinary panel found that she had concealed nurse Pauline Cafferkey's elevated temperature at a screening area at Heathrow Airport in 2014. Cafferkey went on to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus after travelling to Scotland. The Nursing and Midwifery Council said that Wood's dishonesty was ‘very serious, but not premeditated’. Cafferkey's elevated temperature should have raised concerns that she was infected with the Ebola virus, and prevented her onward travel and contact with others.

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 read all of the articles in Research Plus free of charge from 2007 to the present day.
The December/January 2016 issue looks at research in the areas of:
  • Wearable technology and weight loss
  • Pilot fatigue study
  • Fire fighters’ cancer risk
  • Benefits of peer support following occupational trauma
  • Impact of atopic dermatitis on skin absorption
  • Bullied nurses react poorly to stress
  • Low-back pain sickness absence
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy – treatment and return to work
  • Cleaners’ lung cancer risk

To read all of these articles free of charge 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 December 2016. This is the first issue of the journal featuring our new CPD Personal Learning Zone for subscribers.

View the full contents pages for December/January 2016 issue here.

Occupational Health [at Work] is a unique publication edited by Dr John Ballard and  providing expertly written legal, practical and management occupational health information.  If you don't already subscribe, find out more today about print and online subscriptions by visiting our website.

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Conference and training news
from The At Work Partnership

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


Preview 2017: OH Legal and Professional Update
2 February 2017

This annual legal and professional update examines hot issues affecting OH practice including Brexit and other topical areas.
Book and pay by 19/12/16 and save £70 + VAT!
Reduced rates for self-funded delegates and multiple bookings available!

Managing Mental Health at Work
3 February 2017

 A one day workshop examining how organisations can best manage mental health at work.
Book and pay by 19/12/16 and save £70 + VAT!
Reduced rates for self-funded delegates and multiple bookings available!

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.
Book by 5/1/17 and save £100 + VAT!

OH jobs listing

Senior Occupational Health Advisor
Blackpool Council

Occupational Health Screening Nurse
Stockport, Cheshire
Health Surveillance Services

Occupational Health Physicians
Glasgow and Reading
Key People

Chief Medical Adviser
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Full details are available online from 15th December 2016

A variety of OH vacancies nationwide from:
Key People

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

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