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Mental health issues are amongst the most common, complex and costly problems that OH professionals deal with in the workplace. According to the Centre for Mental Health, mental health problems at work cost the UK economy £34.9bn a year, due to presenteeism, sickness absence, and staff turnover.

This practical three-day qualification, organised by The At Work Partnership with the support of Brunel University London, is designed to give OH professionals the in-depth knowledge, strategies, skills and techniques to successfully manage mental health at work. It will look at the impact of COVID-19 and will examine the promotion of good mental health at work; fitness for work; reasonable adjustments; and reducing presenteeism and sickness absence through prevention, support at work and effective returnto-
work programmes.

Who is the course designed for?

The course is designed for OH professionals. Professionals with responsibility for OH and/or the mental health of employees may also benefit from attending.

Course team

The course brings together some of the leading experts in their fields and is taught using a combination of lectures and group work. The course director, OH physician, Dr Nerys Williams, and course deviser, Occupational Health [at Work] editor Dr John Ballard, ensure that the course is pitched at the
right level to appeal to experienced OH professionals.

The outstanding expertise of the lecturing team will ensure that you come away with the detailed knowledge and skills to successfully manage mental health in your own workplace.

Course overview

Modules include:

  • Understanding mental health and its impact on work
  • Evidence review of workplace interventions
  • Devising a workplace strategy
  • Risk assessment
  • Ensuring legal compliance
  • Introduction to the biopsychosocial model
  • Assessing fitness for work
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Responding to trauma
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Ensuring successful return to work

How will gaining this qualification benefit you and your organisation?

You will gain:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the effectiveness of different strategies/interventions that organisations can adopt – so that you can review what will work in your workplace
  • Detailed knowledge and practical skills to manage specific cases including an in-depth understanding of different conditions
  • The ability to assess the severity of a condition and its impact on a person’s job – so that you can recommend the best interventions to put in place for a particular case
  • Enhanced skills and knowledge to use during OH consultations and in giving advice to managers
  • In-depth understanding of reasonable adjustments in practice
  • Advice on tools, resources and action plans
  • Guidance on the relevant law

The course assignment

Delegates must attend at least 80% of the course. Following the course, students who successfully complete an assignment, demonstrating their understanding of the theory and skills taught in the course, will be awarded the Certificate in Managing Mental Health at Work.

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