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The At Work Partnership and the Occupational Health [at Work]  journal are delighted to send you our March 2017 occupational health email newsletter, highlighting key OH news.

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Tea-breaker poll
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.
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 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.

Find out more about print and online subscriptions to Occupational Health [at Work] - a unique publication edited by Dr John Ballard and  providing expertly written legal, practical and management OH information.

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OH jobs listing

Occupational Health Nurse - Fixed Term Contract
Royston, Hertfordshire
Johnson Matthey
Closing date: 24 March 2017
Senior OH Manager
Canterbury, Kent
All Health Matters Limited
Closing date: 31 March 2017
Peripatetic OH Technician
Gateshead Tyne and Wear
Black and Banton Occupational Health
Closing date: 31 March 2017
Senior Occupational Health Advisor
Blackpool Council
Closing date: 30 April 2017

A variety of OH vacancies nationwide from:
Key People

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

If you are an employer, you can advertise your jobs with us. To find out more, please visit
our jobs advertisement page
Special offer: Save 50% if you book an online job advert with us by the end of March 2017. Adverts needs to be uploaded by 30/6/17. For details, please call us on 0208 344 2328.

Conference and training news
from The At Work Partnership

OH Report Writing
ManchesterFriday 24 March 2017
Belfast Friday 28 April 2017
LondonMonday 15 May 2017
How to prepare concise, well-written OH reports that will provide quality
information for managers, be understood by employees, and be defensible if the information contained in them is ever required in legal proceedings.
Book and pay 6 weeks before the training to save £50 + VAT!
Special rates for self-funded delegates from £235 + VAT!

Certificate in OH Case Management
12-14 June 2017

A practical three-day qualification from The At Work Partnership designed to train occupational health and other professionals in the theory and practice of case management skills – in order to improve absence management, job retention and return-to-work outcomes.
Book and pay by 15 April 2017 to save £50 + VAT!

Advance notice:
10-11 October 2017, Warwickshire

Present a 5 minute-briefing about your work in OH and attend the first day FREE of charge!
The 2017 programme for our annual two-day conference is under development and is looking fantastic – it will be available shortly!
One of the most popular parts of the event has always been our 5 minute briefings, which provide a snapshot of how people are improving health in their workplaces – and give you FIVE minutes and 20 slides to do it!
In this year’s event, if you get chosen to give a 5 minute presentation, you can attend the first day of Workplace Health 2017 free of charge (a great saving, as a one-day place normally costs up to £370 + VAT)!  However, you need to be quick as there are just 5 slots available!
Simply send us your idea for your 5 minute presentation by 15 May 2017, and we’ll select the best 5 – and we’ll be in touch to let you know if you’ve been chosen.
We want to encourage people with a range of different experience – from seasoned presenters to brand new ones to get involved in this enjoyable and fascinating session that will give everyone an insight into OH at different workplaces.
If you are a manager of a team, we would also like to ask you to encourage members of your team who have a lot of potential, but may not have spoken at a conference before, to give a presentation. We will give a 20% discount to other team members who come along to support their fellow team member.
If you are interested in presenting:
Please email by 15 May 2017 with a title for your presentation, and a brief description of what you would like to talk about (just one or two sentences will be perfect). Please telephone us if you like more details or to discuss your idea before sending it, we will be happy to help.

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