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Key Issues in Occupational Health

RCN and SOM Occupational Health Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2018

30 Nov 2018 09:30 - 16:30

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

RCN Members: £125 + VAT £185 + VAT

Booking now closed - To be added to the waiting list for this conference please contact

Booking now closed - To be added to the waiting list for this conference please contact 

Back by popular demand: we are pleased to announce the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Occupational Medicine will be jointly hosting this one day conference.
Open to RCN members, SOM members and non-members alike, this conference is designed to support all health professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. 

By attending this conference you will: 
• Be updated on latest occupational health research, practice and policy. 
• Develop your confidence and competence in practice. 
• Consider and reflect on how you can support healthy living and wellbeing in the workplace. Case studies will include supporting individuals with cancer and dealing with stress, anxiety and depression in the work place. 
• Network with OH professionals from a broad spectrum of industries to share experiences and best practice. Return to your workplace stimulated with fresh ideas to share. 



Don’t miss this opportunity to keep updated on latest developments within the field of occupational health and reflect on how you can use this learning to improve your practice. Please check the website in the coming weeks for further updates.

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Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

To book your place, contact the RCN Event Registrations team (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm)

For any other queries including invoice requests please contact:

Liz Russ, Conference and Events Organiser, RCN

Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing. 

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.


RCN Members or SOM Members - £125 plus VAT (£150.00)

Non-members - £185 plus VAT (£222.00)

If you are a SOM member but not an RCN member you need to email with your SOM membership number to be eligible for the SOM member rate. If you are both a SOM and RCN member, please book using your RCN membership number.

For any queries about this event please contact

Liz Russ, Organiser, RCN
•020 7647 3591


See the latest version of the programme here

The day will be interactive with ample opportunities for Q&A. Panel discussions led by experts will consider the role of Occupational Health and the future  of OH nursing. Planned conference topics include:

- Dementia and employment
- Working with cancer
- Menopause at work
- Fitness to drive 
- Dealing with stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace


Occupational Health – an evolving policy landscape

Having access to occupational health professionals isn’t just good for individuals and businesses; it’s good for us as a society. We know the UK faces some fundamental challenges to a sustainable health care and welfare system – and the financial pressure on the NHS and pensions budget is unprecedented. We have an ageing population and a growing crisis with obesity and diabetes. The UK population will rise by almost 10 million over the next 25 years, according to official estimates.

The majority of adults spend a significant amount of time in work, and with the rising pension age we will work for longer than previous generations. The older we get the more complex our health needs become, with an array of interrelated co-morbidities. This means to keep an aging population in work employers will need to understand how we make reasonable workplace adjustments in an increasingly complex environment.

At Occupational Health 2018, the annual conference for the occupational health sector, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Gina Radford announced a transformation of occupational health, following on from the green paper last year on Disability and Work – which set the challenge to see one million more disabled people in work over the next ten

Trying to find the right model to extend access to occupational health in the UK continues to be the source of much debate. Less than half the population currently has access to occupational health. 

Fit for work is being wound down following poor referrals from GPs. The Work and Health unit – a joint team across the DWP and DH – has set up an expert working group to advise on how we might best roll out UK wide access to occupational health.

With a backdrop 1 in 3 of the working population living with a long-term health condition and only 11% of small businesses offering employees access to OH services, Professor Radford said she was convinced of the case for occupational health and the role of occupational health professionals to deliver more comprehensive cover. She also spoke about the challenge of the so called “gig economy”, and the widespread agreement that the government have to put in place support for workers in this sector.

Professor Radford has assured us the work coming out of the joint DWP and DH ‘Work and health’ team would not be ‘tinkering around the edges’. So watch this space…


Jane is the Head of Communications & Policy at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine & Society of Occupational Medicine. She’s worked in health care communications for 8 years – starting out in the NHS. In her spare time Jane is a Councillor for the London Borough of Lambeth.

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use.

• Keep updated on latest developments within occupational health research, practice and policy
• Understand how the evolving policy landscape will impact on your role
• Sessions will enhance your knowledge, competence and confidence in practice
• Network with like-minded peers from across the UK, build professional relationships and share your experiences
• Be signposted to resources that can assist in your day to day role  
• Accrue over 7 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation

The RCN Foundation exists to provide vital support to members of the nursing community so that they can continue to improve the health and well-being of the public. Grants are awarded to fund a wide variety of learning and development opportunities, providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care. To find out more about the RCN Foundation’s educational grants please visit


This Conference and exhibition is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with UK Occupational nurses.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, from networking to raise your profile to tailored commercial packages to help achieve specific objectives. Please contact the exhibitions team on 01442870143 or email


Stand 1: Amplivox

Stand 2: Dermal

Stand 3: Enviroderm

Stand 4: Lexxic ltd

Stand 5: Vitalograph ltd

Stand 6: Occupational Health Staffing







For over 50 years Vitalograph has been a world leading provider of outstanding quality cardio-respiratory diagnostic devices and equipment servicing to Occupational Health Primary and Secondary Care groups.

Visit our stand to look at our extensive range of easy-to-use respiratory monitors and screeners, Spirometers, AIM Aerosol Inhalation Monitor and great value consumables.




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