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Occupational health confidentiality: doctors welcome revised GMC guidance

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

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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pre-employment medical screening

Tips for dealing with difficult pre-employment medical screening issues

8 Nov 2016

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a ban on pre-employment medical screening before a job offer is made. Six years on,...

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David Davies, secretary of state for exiting the EU, has promised no repeal of existing employment law.   REX/Shutterstock

Will Brexit be good or bad for UK occupational health and safety?

31 Aug 2016

The EU referendum vote has led to financial, economic and political turmoil. But how will Brexit affect UK occupational health...

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Citizens Advice Bureau: an occupational health resource

18 Apr 2016

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) should be on the “signposting resource list” of all OH practitioners. OH adviser Jane Fairburn,...

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sedentary working

Get up, stand up: evidence on sedentary working shows employees need to get moving

1 Apr 2016

Friday 29 April is On your feet Britain day, which aims to raise awareness of the ill-effects of sedentary working....

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Wearing a scarf to cover hair loss after chemotherapy was one of the adjustments that helped an employee return to work

Returning to work after cancer treatment: case study of healthcare worker 

2 Jan 2016

Occupational health can play a key role when an employee is returning to the workplace after cancer treatment. Emily Gilkes...

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discrimination arising from disability

Discrimination arising from disability: withdrawal of job offer over epilepsy

29 Oct 2015

An employer did not commit discrimination arising from disability against a job applicant whose job offer to work at a...

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The employee was found to have been making public appearances as a medium, while on sick leave from work. (Stock photo)

MoD dismissal of sick worker who appeared as medium judged fair

21 Sep 2015

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) employee was fairly dismissed for making public appearances as a medium while on sick leave,...

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Employee consent and health information: Who needs to know?

1 Jun 2014

Occupational health adviser Lorraine Warren looks at the sometimes difficult issue of when to divulge patient information.
Consent is a...

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NHS fails to follow law on sharps use

2 Apr 2014

One-third of NHS trusts are failing to instruct staff to use safety devices “wherever possible” in their sharps policies, despite...

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Preparing for giving legal evidence

25 Feb 2014

Standing in front of a tribunal to give evidence can be a daunting prospect. Jenny Mason looks at what an...

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Protecting staff with workplace health surveillance

5 Feb 2014

It is essential that employers adopt robust and legally compliant health surveillance programmes to protect their staff. Jenny Mason explains....

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