OH employment law

Paul Farmer:"Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce."

Mental health at work review calls for legal changes as thousands lose jobs

A high-level review of mental health at work has found that 300,000 people lose their jobs every year due to...

Data protection in occupational health

Data protection in occupational health: a guide

4 Oct 2017

The growth of internet and mobile technology has made it all the more important to understand rules on data protection...

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medical malpractice indemnity policy

New SOM medical malpractice indemnity policy for occupational health practitioners

31 Aug 2017

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is offering a new medical malpractice indemnity policy for nurses who work in occupational...

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occupational health value proposition

Spelling out the occupational health value proposition to business

29 Aug 2017

A document from the Society of Occupational Medicine explains the occupational health value proposition for potential purchasers of services. Nic...

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Return to work after myocardial infarction

Return to work after myocardial infarction case study

29 Aug 2017

Return to work after myocardial infarction involves occupational health assessment of fitness to work, the nature of the role and...

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Global issues in occupational health

Conference sheds light on global issues in occupational health

2 Aug 2017

On 10 May, a joint event run by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and the Royal Society of Medicine...

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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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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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Employment problems are a chief cause of  attendance at the Citizens Advice Bureau PHOTO: Geoff Moore/REX Shutterstock

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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