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.
At Work Partnership.co.uk/oh-pay-and-benefits-2016
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.
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 http://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/researchplus
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: