Too many NHS trusts in England are failing to implement the recommendations of 2009's Boorman review , which means they are failing to reduce staff sickness absence and are less able to release funds that could be used to improve patient care, the More...26 April 2013 00:01
The number of people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes has reached three million - the equivalent of 4.6% of the UK's population - for the first time, according to an analysis carried out by the charity Diabetes UK and supermarket chain Tesco.
The f More...06 April 2013 00:01
Social networks influence workers' drinking habits Restaurant workers have higher rates of problem drinking than many other occupational groups, according to a study that explored the environmental risks and work characteristics that may contribute t More...05 April 2013 00:01
Working at Bupa over the summer of 2012 as its first intern in a scheme for medical students gave Agneish Dutta a unique insight into the world of occupational health and the workings of a private health provider.
I was most pleased to hear last sum More...05 April 2013 00:01
Obesity is "the biggest public health crisis facing the UK today" the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has warned. In a landmark six-month inquiry into the nation's bulging waistlines, Measuring up: The medical profession's prescription for the nat More...05 April 2013 00:01
Millions of Europeans risk seeing their family incomes shrink and face premature retirement because of a lack of support for workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and inadequate diagnosis of the conditions, think-tank The Work Foundation has war More...05 April 2013 00:01
It is worth putting the effort in to make sure you stay on track to achieve your goals - both in your professional and personal lives. Here, occupational health adviser Diano Romano-Woodward look at some ways to ensure you're on track to success. Now More...04 April 2013 00:01
A Freedom of Information Request by construction union UCATT has revealed that companies are prosecuted in fewer than half of deaths that take place in the construction industry.
The request to the Health and Safety Executive showed that, of the 332 More...04 April 2013 00:01
Healthcare organisations will need to put in place significantly more robust hygiene measures if they are to cope with, and overcome, the next generation of harder-to-treat healthcare-associated infections, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical More...04 April 2013 00:01
The Government's proposed absence review service got off to a promising start, but clinical operations manager for PAM OH Solutions Janet O'Neill says that it seems have cut some of the key stakeholders out of the development process. The Health and More...03 April 2013 00:01
Many heart defibrillators in UK workplaces would not be used in an emergency because of misplaced fears and lack of staff education, according to a survey published in February by defibrillator manufacturer DOC UK. The poll of 2,000 people found just More...03 April 2013 00:01
Senior managers in manufacturing companies are increasing their investment in, and commitment to, health and safety, a study by the manufacturers' organisation EEF has found.
However, the cost in terms of time and money of complying with health and More...03 April 2013 00:01
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last month launched new online guidance on health surveillance.
The guidance is being aimed at employers and is designed to make it easier for managers to decide whether or not workers need health surveil More...02 April 2013 00:01
A new assessment report has been launched for employers and GPs that will allow allied health professionals - such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropodists and podiatrists - to assess an individual's fitness to remain in work.
The More...02 April 2013 00:01
With the NHS reforms poised to jump into full swing, Nic Paton looks at how occupational health practitioners will be affected by the organisational changes. If you haven't already done so, look at that crisp new 2013 desk diary, turn to April, and p More...01 April 2013 09:28
An anonymised "personal view" by a former NHS consultant OH physician has painted a damning picture of attitudes to OH and workplace health and wellbeing within the NHS. The article, published in the BMJ in March, has made a clear link between the sc More...01 April 2013 00:01
New research on standards of care of occupational contact dermatitis has been published for OH practitioners and healthcare professionals.
The study, published in the "British Journal of Dermatology", summarised the 2010 British Occupational Health More...01 April 2013 00:01
Employers know that they have a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities, but a new case has added that these must be made "within a timely manner". Kate Walsh reports.
To what extent is an adjustment reasonable? More...01 April 2013 00:01
A new web-based initiative aims to make it easier to engage employees in wellbeing schemes, explains Robertson Cooper's managing director Ben Moss.
Despite the weight of research demonstrating the positive difference wellbeing can make, most organis More...01 April 2013 00:01
Occupational health nurse adviser Diane Romano-Woodward gives an overview of the legislation and best practice surrounding the use of sharps in occupational health practice.
Within OH practice, sharps are used for many reasons. Vaccinations are give More...01 April 2013 00:01