Programme

PART ONE:

Wednesday 9 February 2021, afternoon

12.55

Registration

1.00

Introduction and welcome

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Introduction and welcome
  • SEQOHS review
1.15

COVID-19: where are we now and where are we going?

Dr Anne de Bono, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

  • COVID-19 and work – the state of play
  • Occupational travel and workers abroad
  • Preparing OH and businesses for future outbreaks and pandemics
  • Latest hot topics
2.05

Legal update 1: COVID-19 legal hot topics

Prof Diana Kloss MBE, barrister

  • Mandatory vaccines for workers legislation
  • Vaccine passports
  • COVID-19 and disability claims
  • Data protection and COVID
  • Latest hot topics
2.50

COVID Q&A

Prof Diana Kloss and Dr Anne de Bono

3.05

Tea break

3.25

Session to be confirmed – on asthma/chronic fatigue/CBT

4.10

Legal update 2: OH data management, consent and confidentiality

Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors

  • Consent for OH reports
  • Lawful basis
  • Relevance of consent
  • Seeking information from a GP/specialist
  • Recording OH consultations
  • Reforming the UK’s data protection regime
5.00

Final questions 

5.10

Close of day one

 

PART TWO:

Thursday 10 February 2021, morning

8.55

Registration

9.00

Welcome and introduction to day two

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

9.10

OH Pay & Benefits
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Highlights of our biannual survey
  • Pay trends by sector
  • Self-employed income
  • Impact of the pandemic
  • Outlook
9.50

Legal update 3: Disability discrimination

Rebecca Tuck QC, Old Square Chambers

  • Key cases and difficult issues
  • Is the employee disabled?
  • Assessing long-term and recurring conditions
  • Pre-employment health screening – EHRC action against a recruitment agency
10.40

Tea break

11.00

Epilepsy – the role of occupational health

Nicola Milne, Epilepsy Scotland

  • Assessing risks and supporting the employee safely at work
  • Addressing misconceptions
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Disclosing epilepsy to managers and colleagues

Changes to professional development

11.40

OH nursing standards – the NMC review

Deborah Edmonds, Occupational Health Nursing Standards Delivery group

  • What did the NMC consultation find?
  • What will happen to the SCPHN part of the register?
  • Timetable for new standards
  • Future status of non-NMC approved OH nursing qualifications?
12.05

FOM plans for professional development

Prof Steve Nimmo, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

  • Professional development for OH physicians
  • New Diploma in Occupational Health Practice
12.30

Q&A 

12.45

Chair’s closing comments

 12.50

Close of day two

Benefits of attending

You will gain:

  • A vital update on legislation and recent case law taking you through the complexities of COVID, disability discrimination, and OH data management, consent and confidentiality – you’ll be sure you know your obligations, and how to meet them
  • 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, including COVID and occupational health, SEQOHS, OH pay and benefits, as well as epilepsy.
  • The opportunity to learn about the implications of the new NMC OH nursing standards review which will affect all OH nurses, and the professional development for OH physicians.

PLUS – you will receive printed documentation to keep for future reference.

 

This event is designed for:

• OH professionals and allied health professionals

• HR managers

• H&S practitioners

• Case managers

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