Therapy is only one of many interventions that can help people with mental health problems return to the workplace. But Dr Rob Hampton highlights evidence from the Fit for Work pilot programmes on how non-clinical approaches can be effective.
Stress More...01 January 2013 09:00
A national survey of occupational health service users in the NHS makes positive reading for practitioners. Dr Sian Williams dissects the findings, which have lessons for OH advisers in other industry sectors.
Feedback from patients, rega More...01 January 2013 09:00
More than one million employees now have access to OH services delivered by providers accredited through the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) system. SEQOHS is managed by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the F More...01 January 2013 00:01
Over recent decades, as the UK economy has shifted from manufacturing to service industries so the traditional workplace illnesses have shifted from physical injuries to stress-related injuries. Society and employers have become more aware of, and sympa More...04 December 2012 15:48
Promotion is not the only option for creating opportunities in the workplace. Tricia O'Neill, former group head of health for Centrica, summarises other potential pathways for career progression.
Career pathways are often considered linea More...01 December 2012 17:34
Revalidation of learning and practice will be an essential part of re-registration for nurses and midwives by 2014. Graham Johnson, clinical lead - nursing at Bupa Health and Wellbeing, looks at the requirements.
In the near future, More...01 December 2012 15:13
Travelling for business has similar risks as travelling for leisure, but an employer must consider additional safety and financial issues. Gael Somerville, regional nurse manager at travel health specialist MASTA , explains.
Occupational tra More...01 December 2012 14:34
As the profession changes to accommodate legislation and industry requirements, the relevant training options must change too. Nic Paton reports.
The fit note, the possibility of a Fit for Work Service and/or an independent assessment service More...01 December 2012 12:44
In the season of holiday cheer, the Government's offerings for the medical profession aren't exactly designed to get us in the spirit of the times, says Dr Richard Preece.
The Government announced two seasonal gifts this year for medicine and nursin More...30 November 2012 00:01
The number of work-related deaths, injuries and instances of ill health fell slightly in Britain in the past financial year, but, conversely, the number of working days lost to illness and injury rose, according to latest figures from the Health and Saf More...29 November 2012 00:01
The Department of Health (DH) has issued guidance for employers on the adjustments they could consider making to support an employee with a mental health condition. The guidance includes a range of practical advice and tips for employers, as well a More...29 November 2012 00:01
The harsh economic climate, austerity-related job cuts and job-loss fears among those still in work are all having a real impact on the health and wellbeing of workers, trade union body the TUC has warned.
The top safety concerns cited by union safe More...28 November 2012 00:01
The consultation on plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is set to close in the next few days. The proposal, to amend the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1 More...27 November 2012 00:01
Mental illness and ill health took centre stage in a series of public health pronouncements from political figures during the autumn.
Most notably, in October Labour leader Ed Miliband unveiled plans to tackle mental illness should the party be elec More...26 November 2012 00:00
Smokers take an average of 2.7 more sick days each year than their non-smoking colleagues, and in the process cost UK businesses £1.4 billion in lost productivity. Research from the University of Nottingham , published in the journal Addiction, conc More...24 November 2012 00:01
Health checks causing stress Visiting a doctor for a general check-up or health "MOT" is unlikely to lead to the identification of a condition... More...23 November 2012 00:01
New recommendations on ensuring injection safety when treating diabetes have been published by the Workshop on Injection Safety in Endocrinology (WISE).
They have been drawn up to ensure the safety of patients, professionals and all people co More...23 November 2012 00:01
Sitting for long periods can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even death, new research has suggested.
The Leicester and Loughborough universities' study also argued that harm is done even if those people who sit for long periods do More...22 November 2012 00:00
Line managers still tend to be the "gatekeepers" for absence recording in most organisations, latest research has argued.
The study of the use of triggers in managing absence carried out by XpertHR, Occupational Health's sister resource, poll More...21 November 2012 00:01
Stress is the number one health risk for British businesses, according to research from Group Risk Development, the trade body for the group risk industry.
The survey of more than 500 employers found that 21% considered stress and mental health issu More...21 November 2012 00:01