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occupational health confidentiality

Occupational health confidentiality: doctors welcome revised GMC guidance

2 Mar 2017

Occupational health doctors welcomed the General Medical Council’s (GMC’s) publication in January of revised guidance on confidentiality for all doctors...

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mental health and addiction

GPs gain support for mental ill-health and addiction

2 Mar 2017

A new service designed to offer support to GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill health and addiction has...

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Many employers opt for early interventions in sickness absence, which differs from the  the Fit for Work service model.

Employers’ use of Fit for Work service is still low, study shows

2 Mar 2017

More than a year on from its launch, the Government’s flagship Fit for Work sickness absence service remains singularly underused...

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Mental health in winter

Winter worsens the mental health of two in five workers

1 Mar 2017

More than two-fifths (44%) of employees say winter has a negative effect on their mental wellbeing, with 51% believing it...

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Prime MInister Theresa May arrives at the Royal Society in January to deliver a speech on mental health. REX/Shutterstock

Theresa May promises more help for employees with mental illness

2 Feb 2017

Employers will be given additional help in supporting staff who need to take time off for mental illness, the Government...

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obesity

Obesity survey finds more than one in four English adults are overweight

2 Feb 2017

New obesity figures have suggested that the average man in England now weighs nearly a stone more than he did...

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Metastatic melanoma: the most lethal type of skin cancer which is associated with sun exposure.

Deaths from cancer set to fall

2 Feb 2017

Four hundred thousand fewer people will die from cancer over the next 20 years thanks to advances in research, diagnosis...

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More than one in seven (15%) said  in a survey they would not disclose a long-term health condition such as arthritis or recurrent joint pain to their employer.

Research calls for better support for long-term conditions in the workplace

2 Feb 2017

A study by the charity Arthritis Research UK has called on the Government to better support people with long-term conditions...

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NICE: massage and manipulation should only be used with exercise due to lack of  evidence of benefits when used alone.

NICE updates guidance on low back pain and sciatica

3 Jan 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on low back pain and sciatica, including...

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work and drug and alcohol addiction

Government report shows links between work and drug and alcohol addiction

3 Jan 2017

The Government’s long-awaited review into the links between work and addiction was published in December.
The review by Dame Carol...

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occupational health professionals work unpaid overtime

Occupational health professionals regularly work unpaid overtime, survey shows

3 Jan 2017

Most OH and occupational hygiene professionals frequently work unpaid overtime, as reporting hours and workload continue to rise, an analysis...

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A PHE paper prompts OH educators on  multi-disciplinary education, high-quality clinical placements and course content

PHE blueprint for occupational health nurse education sets standards for future OH training

3 Jan 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has set out a new blueprint for occupational health nurse education, designed to respond to the...

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Faculty of Occupational Nursing standards

Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing survey offers a mandate for change

1 Dec 2016

A survey by the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing published in September shows OH nurses have an appetite for a...

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occupational medicine

Parliamentary report finds occupational medicine workforce crisis is deepening

1 Dec 2016

Occupational medicine in the UK is facing a recruitment and retention “perfect storm”, the Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine...

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Fit notes and sickness absence

Fit notes: occupational health practitioners respond to government proposals for reform

1 Dec 2016

The Government has announced a major review of statutory sick pay, fit notes and the role employers can play in...

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