Day 1:

Tuesday 10 October 2023


Registration & coffee


Introduction and OH hot topics

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Use of pro forma templates or narrative reports in OH report writing
  • Latest developments in OH



OH and health equity

Dr Richard Heron, World Economic Forum

  • Social determinants of health
  • Why work matters
  • Recognising and addressing health inequity at work
  • OH as agents for change

Self-management support for long-term health conditions

Dr Sally Hemming, Ernst and Young UK

  • Why self-management matters
  • Support needs within a biopsychosocial framework
  • Barriers
  • Improving self-management support at work

Coffee & exhibition


Timely interventions in difficult cases

Dr Julie Denning, Working To Wellbeing and Jo Berriman, health management consultant

  • Principles for intervention – using the biopsychosocial framework
  • Early identification of difficult cases
  • When to intervene – is early always better?
  • Using your OH skills and expertise for positive outcomes



OH: under threat or a great untapped opportunity?

Dr Anne de Bono, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

  • Can we capitalise on the prominent role that OH played in the pandemic?
  • Meeting new challenges at work – hybrid working, always-on culture, AI, robotics, future pandemics
  • Making a difference – is OH becoming too transactional rather than strategic?
  • Where is the talent coming from? Demonstrating that OH is a great career move?
  • Our responsibilities as OH professionals to the next generation

Lunch & exhibition



Understanding Tourettes and its impact on work

Dr Melina Malli, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

  • What is Tourettes? Addressing misconceptions
  • Impact on work
  • Coping strategies and occupational support
  • Role of OH



Legal hot topics part 1

Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • Neurodiversity
  • Data protection principles for OH practice
    – The new ICO guidance
    – Implications for OH

Tea and exhibition


Legal hot topics part 2

Emily Yeardley, Couchman Hanson Solicitors

  • Mental health at work
  • Age discrimination
  • Latest updates in OH Law

Legal Q&A


What matters to you in OH practice? Five-minute professional briefing sessions

  • Your chance to highlight some work that has helped improve
    health in your workplace, or share a great new idea – but you’ve
    only got FIVE minutes and 20 slides to do it!
  • Click here for more information on how to take part. Get chosen to present a five minute briefing session, and you can attend day one FREE!

End of day one




Day 2:

Wednesday 11 October 2023





Breakfast briefing: Dyslexia – reasonable adjustments in practice

Jan Mulligan, Greenleafe Ergonomics





From research to OH practice: joining the dots

Prof Carel Hulshof, Amsterdam University Medical Centre

  • How OH research can make a real difference to employees
  • Learning from past mistakes
  • Better ways of disseminating knowledge
  • Case studies: successful evidence-based OH interventions in real workplaces

OH in modern UK manufacturing: Ford Motor Company – a case study

Dr Jenny Dodman, Ford Motor Company

  • The OH team
  • Adapting OH to the challenges of a modern engineering environment
  • Making our OH business case
  • Tips for influencing managers and directors
  • Making a difference in health and wellbeing

Violence and aggression at work

Prof Sheena Johnson, University of Manchester

  • Understanding the causes and impact of workplace violence and aggression
  • Which groups of workers are most at risk?
  • Organisational responses
  • Supporting individuals

Coffee and exhibition



Work-related suicide

Prof Sarah Waters, University of Leeds

  • How often is work a contributory factor in suicide?
  • Occupational risk factors
  • Organisational response and the potential role for OH
  • Recommendations

Older workers/working longer

Dr David Flower, occupational physician

  • Impact of age on fitness for work – physical and cognitive factors
  • Assessing fitness for work as workers age
  • The challenge ahead

Lunch and exhibition


Welcome to the afternoon



Work ability, mental health and burnout

Alan Dovey, Working Minds UK

  • Risk factors: are poor mental health and/burnout inevitable in some jobs?
  • Impact on working life as people work for longer
  • When to intervene: prevention or intervention?
  • Career planning for mentally healthy working lives

Autism and neurodivergence – best-practice consultations

Dr Mary Doherty, Autistic Doctors International

  • Autism and work
  • Perceptions of autism
  • Effective consultations
  • Healthcare professionals with autism

Mental health first aid: a critical eye on the evidence

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • What is mental health first aid and what is it supposed to offer?
  • Research evidence – ie does it work?
  • Supervision and governance
  • Take-home messages for OH practice
  • Why legislation is not the answer

Final questions


Close of day two

Benefits of attending

This two day seminar offers a fantastic opportunity to update your OH expertise, plus plenty of opportunities to network – including at our exhibition and at our conference dinner.

How will attending this event benefit you?

You will gain:

  • An insight into the role of OH and the challenges that it faces – in our Colt Foundation Keynote Lecture
  • Guidance on best practice in OH – from interventions in difficult cases to self-management techniques to support workers
  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and neurodiversity, including advice on autism, mental health first aid, burnout and work ability
  • Practical advice on managing older workers as people for work for longer including strategies and interventions to support workers
  • Insight into OH in modern UK manufacturing from the perspective of the CMO at Ford Motor Company
  • Advice on how to make a real difference to employees by effectively putting OH research into practice
  • An up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest developments in OH law, and how they affect your role and responsibilities
  • An update on all of the latest developments in OH and much more!

This seminar is designed for:

  • OH professionals from the UK, Ireland and overseas
  • HR managers
  • Allied health professionals

Present a five-minute briefing session and attend day one FREE!

Would you like to present a new idea that has helped improve health in your workplace? Present a 5 minute presentation and attend day one for FREE! Showcase an OH intervention, discuss a dilemma in OH practice or present the key findings of some research.

Challenge or celebrate what you’ve been doing in OH in 5 minutes & 20 slides! For more information on how you can take part, click here:


Attendance in person or online

Delegates are encouraged to attend in person at the Woodland Grange Hotel, where they will be able to benefit from the learning and networking opportunities of a live event, but for those that cannot join in person, we offer an online alternative

In-person attendance 
The conference will be held at the Woodland Grange Hotel, Old Milverton Lane, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 6RN Tel: 01926 336 621 This 4* hotel is set in 16 acres of grounds, has a gym, and is approx one hour and 20 mins from London by train. Advance peak fares are approx. £50 return. Delegates attending in person have the opportunity to network with other delegates, speakers and exhibitors and can ask live or written questions at the event. They will be provided with printed conference documentation on arrival. The fee includes printed documentation, refreshments and lunch.

Online attendance

Online delegates will be able to register to watch the conference live on Zoom, and the fee includes printed conference documentation which will be sent in advance. Online delegates will not be able to ask questions live, as microphones will be unavailable for virtual attendance. However, they will be able to put written questions in the chat function in Zoom.

There are limited spaces available, book now to avoid disappointment!


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