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Occupational health ‘too expensive’ and complicated, complain employers

12 Oct 2020

Employers do not use occupational health because it is too expensive and too complicated, because they have had their fingers...

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Guidance on providing support following a suicide in primary care

9 Oct 2020

SOM, the Society of Occupational Medicine, has collaborated with the Louise Tebboth Foundation to launch a report on providing care...

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‘Compelling case’ for weekly Covid testing of NHS staff, say MPs

9 Oct 2020

MPs have said there is a ‘compelling case’ for weekly testing of NHS staff to stop the health service becoming...

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Sickness toll of first wave of Covid-19 on NHS staff is revealed

8 Oct 2020

Covid-19 caused nearly 341,000 days of sickness absence among NHS staff in May, figures from NHS Digital have revealed –...

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Warning that a fifth of adults might need mental health support post pandemic

8 Oct 2020

The government and the NHS must ‘prepare now’ to meet increased need for mental health support – for as many...

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Mouth lesions and skin rashes could be another sign of Covid-19

8 Oct 2020

Oral lesions and skin rashes could be another potential symptom of Covid-19 for clinicians and healthcare professionals to look out...

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NHS pledges ‘long Covid’ sufferers access to specialist support and rehabilitation

8 Oct 2020

People suffering so-called ‘long Covid’ symptoms months after contracting the virus are to be offered specialist help at NHS clinics...

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Covid-19 return-to-work challenges stacking up for OH

2 Oct 2020

Occupational health practitioners will be facing a multifaceted array of coronavirus-related return-to-work challenges as we head through the autumn, a...

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Managing Covid-19 ‘clusters’ set to be a key challenge for occupational health

2 Oct 2020

A recent SOM/Royal College of Nursing webinar offered occupational health practitioners valuable advice on how to manage Covid-19 outbreaks as...

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Mind the disability gap: why small business must not be a no-go area for occupational health

2 Oct 2020

Small businesses are often thought of as something of a no-go area for occupational health provision and support – not...

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Musculoskeletal care and occupational health: only for more ‘enlightened’ employers?

2 Oct 2020

The good news is musculoskeletal care for working-age people is widely considered a priority area by clinical commissioning groups, a...

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‘I will be representing all specialisms – and I want to be optimistic about the future of OH’

2 Oct 2020

Occupational Health & Wellbeing’s Professor Anne Harriss is the first non-physician to assume the presidency of SOM, the Society of...

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Occupational health faces five ‘scale-up challenges’ to meet demand post pandemic

15 Sep 2020

If occupational health is to maximise the spotlight it has been placed under during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has to...

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‘I am struggling’ – how workload, hours and stress were overwhelming OH even before coronavirus

4 Sep 2020

Occupational health practitioners were stressed, overworked and exhausted even before the coronavirus pandemic, a SOM survey has concluded. Nic Paton...

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Coronavirus, anxiety and return to work – how occupational health can make a difference

4 Sep 2020

With both the government and employers now firmly focused on encouraging workers out of home-working and back into physical workplaces,...

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