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The government green paper on work, health and disability claims that ‘over 60% of GPs agree or somewhat agree that the fit note has improved the quality of their return-to-work discussions with patients’. In this month's Tea-breaker poll, we ask if you think the fit note is achieving its aim of improving return-to-work rates.
Take part in the Tea-breaker poll here
GMC confidentiality guidance
The General Medical Council has published revised guidance on confidentiality, which will come into effect for all doctors practising in the UK from 25 April 2017. It has also published revised explanatory statements on fitness to drive and reporting concerns to the DVLA or DVA; and on disclosing information for employment, insurance and similar purposes.
Tea-breaker poll: remote OH consultations
Almost two-thirds of respondents (62%) to our December Tea-breaker poll said that telephonic/remote OH consultations were inferior to face-to-face consultations. One respondent commented: ‘I don’t believe it is possible to assess occupational fitness over the telephone. As nurses we are skilled in communication but that includes non-verbal. Effective assessment requires visual and functional appraisal in addition to verbal communication.’
Employment tribunal decisions online
Employment tribunal decisions are now listed online. The government microsite allows users to search for first-instance judgments from England, Wales and Scotland. Until now, only decisions of the appeal courts have been available online.
NHS frontline: staff at risk of burnout
A Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publication Against the odds: experiences from the NHS front line
explains the demands and difficulties for healthcare staff in the NHS. In the publication, one doctor states: ‘I have never before known a time when consultant colleagues are constantly exhausted, trainees so disillusioned…’. The RCP is calling on the government to: invest in health and social care; support NHS staff to deliver excellent care; and improve the working lives of NHS staff.
Yoga v CBT
A study in the Journal of Workplace Behavioural Health
finds that a yoga-based stress management intervention for mental healthcare staff demonstrates ‘some benefit above and beyond’ stress management based on cognitive behavioural therapy. The reported benefits include increased physical activity, better overall mental health, and decreased secondary traumatic stress. Both interventions were found to be effective in reducing levels of burnout, depression and stress.
SOM Golden Jubilee Travelling Fellowship
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is inviting applications for its Golden Jubilee Travelling Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to any member of the SOM who wishes to further investigate OH practice outside the UK. Applications are particularly welcome from members in training. The successful applicant will be required to complete a report of their study within a year of the award.
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 latest issue looks at research in the areas of:
- PTSD therapy
- Interventions for common mental health problems
- Exercise for chronic fatigue syndrome
- Preventing burnout in mental health workers
- Medical students’ emotional wellbeing
- Respiratory protective equipment training
- Night nurses’ increased mortality risk
- Pre-placement carpal tunnel screening
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 3 February 2017.
CPD Personal Learning Zone
Subscribers 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.
The CPD in the February/March issue provides opportunities for further reading and reflection on a variety of areas, in particular, mental health and HAVs.
View the full contents pages
for February/March 2017 issue.
Look out for the second part of our survey of OH Nursing examining OH nurse education, funding and regulation. You'll also find features on safeguarding the mental health of employees; HAVS; and, on implementing a national OH clinical trial - as well as plenty of other issues.
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