Thursday 2 February 2023




Introduction and welcome

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • OH Hot Topics for 2023

Remote consultations in OH

Dr Euan Thompson, accredited specialist, occupational medicine, UK & Australia

  • Assessing fitness for work remotely
  • Limitations – when face-to-face is essential
  • Non-verbal communication – how does this work online?
  • Making use of technology

Legal update 1: Disability discrimination update

Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors

  • Lessons from recent case law
  • Dismissal for long-term sickness
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act s.15
  • ‘Long COVID’
  • Neurodiversity and equality law



Safe driver profiling – using psychometric and other factors to reduce occupational driver-related risk

Prof Craig Jackson, Birmingham City University

  • What we know about personal and health risk factors in occupational driver safety?
  • Can training lower these risks?
  • Reviewing RoSPA’s ‘Driver Profiler’ tool

First aid at work: do we need it?

Dr Subhashis Basu, consultant occupational physician and emergency medicine doctor

  • Employers’ duties – what will make the most difference to the effective provision of first aid at work?
  • First aid post pandemic – has practice changed?
  • Planning for major incidents
  • Mental health



Developments in OH education

Louise Craig, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

  • Occupational medicine specialist training – implications of the new curriculum and GMC requirements
  • FOM Diploma in occupational health practice (for nurses)

COVID-19 and preparing for future pandemics – the state of play

Dr Tony Williams, Working Fit Ltd

  • Managing ongoing risks
  • Lessons learnt
  • Post-COVID syndrome (long COVID) and fitness for work
  • Q&A – your COVID questions answered



Legal update 2: ICO draft guidance on workers’ health information and other hot topics

Prof Diana Kloss MBE, barrister

  • Update on the new Information Commissioner consultation on employment practices, data protection and information about workers’ health
  • Medical evidence of sickness absence and fitness for work
  • Duty of care as an OH professional
  • Hot off the press!

Legal Q&A


Final questions


Close of day

Benefits of attending

You will gain:

  • An analysis of the draft ICO guidance on workers’ health information and what it means for OH practice. Compared with the current code, the draft includes more detailed advice on limiting which people can access medical information about workers’ health, as well as detailed guidance on consent and confidentiality. The new guidance is expected in Spring 2023
  • A vital update on legislation and recent case law taking you through the complexities of COVID, disability discrimination, sickness absence and fitness to work, duty of care as an OH professional – 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 remote consultations, COVID-19 and preparing for future pandemics, safe driver profiling, as well as first aid provision at work.

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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