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OH business leaders development course

NHS Plus is to run a strategic development programme for NHS occupational health business leaders at Durham Business School for the second time. The 15-month programme, which ran for the first time last year, will provide a further 20 NHS OH business managers and leaders with management and strategic training.

GPs and OH physicians wanted for workshops

The Royal College of General Practitioners has been looking for 12 GPs with an interest in health and work issues, as well as a similar number of occupational health physicians, to deliver a series of workshops to GPs throughout the UK. The successful candidates will run four to eight half-day workshops over the next two years.

Workplace adjustments guide for line managers

The Employers Forum on Disability has published a guide to help managers when they need to make reasonable adjustments to their workplace for staff, disabled or able. Reasonable adjustments – Line manager guide is available from its website.

Black sponsors awards

National director for health and work Dame Carol Black’s Health, Work and Wellbeing review is sponsoring two categories in this year’s National Business Awards: a Health, Work and Wellbeing award, and a similar one for small businesses. Enter online. The closing date is 7 April.

Smokers quit for pets

Smokers will more often than not give up the habit because of the effects on the health of their pets rather than their own. A study in the journal Tobacco Control of pet owners in Michigan found that one in three smokers said knowing that it was bad for their pets’ health would spur them to quit.

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