Programme

9.00

Registration and coffee

9.20

Welcome and introduction
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

9.30

Organisational responses to mental health at work – exclusive survey
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Findings of our exclusive survey of OH professionals
  • Recommendations for practice

LEGAL UPDATE PART 1

10.00

Mental health at work – legal update
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • The employer’s duty of care in criminal and civil law
  • Risk assessments
  • Assessing fitness for work at pre-employment and in employment
  • Must a job applicant disclose their previous medical history?
  • Duty of confidence and the public interest
  • Employee’s consent to disclose confidential information: GMC guidance
  • Legal duties of Mental Health First Aiders/Champions and liability of the employer
10.45

Coffee

OH PRACTICE PART 1

11.05

Reducing ill-health related job loss
Prof Kim Burton, occupational health research consultant

  • Optimising return to work – what will government need to do?
  • Work ability as the goal
  • Integrating the ‘what’ and the ‘how’, not forgetting the ‘when’
  • OH support – the employer’s role and the provider’s role

LEGAL UPDATE PART 2

11.50

Disability discrimination law update
Emily Yeardley, BakerLaw LLP

  • Definition of disability
  • Knowledge of disability
  • Perceived disability
  • Other key issues
12.35

Hot topics and legal Q&A

  • Your chance to ask your OH legal questions (including about Brexit!) – with Diana Kloss and Emily Yeardley
12.55

Lunch

OH PRACTICE PART 2

13.55

In the patient’s best interest?
Dr Paul McGovern, Medigold Health

  • Do we always put the patient’s best interest first?
  • Balancing competing interests: employer, employee, and the wider workforce
  • When the patient/worker disagrees with your decision
    -Fitness for work when the only person at risk is the individual worker
    -Medical retirement
  • Impact on the OH professional
  • How to resolve these issues

 

14.40

Parental bereavement – supporting employees
Dr Maria Zioga, Child Bereavement UK

  • Requirements of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act – in force from April 2020
  • Impact of bereavement on the individual worker
  • Practical help
  • Ongoing support – what to look out for
15.10

Tea

LEGAL UPDATE PART 3

15.30

Liability for occupational ill health and injury
Mike Appleby, Fisher Scoggins LLP

  • Enforcement and liability for occupational illness – the big issues
  • Is breach of statutory duty still relevant in negligence claims?
  • Noise – Goldscheider v Royal Opera House
  • Chemical sensitisation – Dryden v Johnson Matthey
  • Other key cases
16.15

Final questions

16.20

Close of day

Benefits of attending

You will gain:

  • A vital update on legislation and recent case law taking you through the complexities of occupational ill health and injury, negligence, disability discrimination and mental health as well as other hot topics – you’ll be sure you know your obligations, and how to meet them
  • Up-to-the-minute analysis of the implications of the new legislation on parental bereavement, the latest GMC guidance on consent (expected early 2020), and government proposals for flexible sick pay
  • Knowledge of the legal dos and don’ts in some of the most difficult areas affecting OH professionals’ practice
  • An update on key professional practice issues, looking at organisational responses to mental health and how the responsibility to act in the patient’s best interest works in occupational health
  • The opportunity to learn how to optimise the return-to-work journey, and how to give the best advice on this area
  • A chance to network with speakers and delegates

This event is designed for:

• OH professionals and allied health professionals

• HR managers

• H&S practitioners

• Case managers

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