RCN and SOM Occupational Health Nursing Webinar

18 Aug 2020 18:30 - 20:00


As lockdown restrictions relax, employers are considering their return to work strategies for employees. Occupational Health Nurses are instrumental in providing advice and guidance to both employers and individuals to ensure a successful return to work.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Society of Occupational Health (SOM) are pleased to continue their successful partnership, following the hugely successful Occupational Health Nursing Conference 2019: Key Issues in Occupational Health.

In this exclusive webinar, they are bringing together two of the most respected figures working in the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 18th August 2020 at 6.30pm, Professor Anne Harriss, SOM President, will be joined by Dr Shriti Pattani, Chair of NHS Health at Work Network and Susie Singleton, Consultant Nurse Health Protection & IPC Centre’s & Regions National Lead at Public Health England.

By attending this session attendees will be able to:

• Provide advice and guidance on return to work in individuals with health conditions / vulnerable group employees
• Assess and discuss the risks and recommendations with individual employers
• Identify and advise on COVID-19 work-related control measures and explore strategies that address concerns around workplace safety.

We strongly encourage our delegates to join the webinar live to maximise the learning through the Q&A with our leading experts. In addition our registered participants will have exclusive access to enjoy the webinar as many times as they need to through RCNevents.tv.



NB: Free to participate – no registration process


RCN and SOM Members Rate

£12.50 + VAT

£15 including VAT

Non-Members Rate

£25 + VAT

£30 including VAT


To book your place please contact the RCN Events Registration team:
Monday to Friday (9am-4.30pm)
+44 (0)2920546460

Dr Shriti Pattani
Chair of NHS Health at Work Network

Dr Pattani is an accredited specialist in Occupational Health with 25 years of experience, holding the FFOM since 2002. She has led Occupational Health Services as a Clinical Director in the NHS for 20 years and has experience working in the public and private sector. She also continues to practice as a General Practitioner having attained her MRCGP qualification in 1996. She holds diplomas in Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Family Planning.  She has an interest in workplace mental health and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Occupational Health Practitioners and Workplace Mediation. She has written about ‘Sick Doctors’ in a book entitled ‘Management Essentials for Doctors’ which was published in 2011.

She was awarded the Faculty of Occupational Medicines ‘Peter Taylor Award’ for her research into ‘Ill-Health Retirement’ with a subsequent publication in the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental medicine.

She is also a co-author of the “ABC of Asthma (6th edition)’ as she has a particular interest in workplace respiratory conditions.

She is Chair of NHS Health at Work Network, which represents Occupational Health services in the NHS across England. The Network influences and advices Government and other bodies about Occupational Health in the NHS. This work requires close liaison with NHS England, NHS Improvements, Public Health England, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other national bodies. She has served on the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Ethics Committee between 2003 and 2010.

She also works with Public Health England in the role of  ‘Health and Work Medical Champion’ for London to promote the agenda of ‘Work as a Health Outcome’ which includes support for people with health conditions to either continue to work or return to work with adequate support. 

She is passionate about teaching and training and has been the Course Director for the Diploma Course in Occupational Medicine for the Royal Society for Public Health since 2010 having joined them as a lecturer in 2007.

Susie Singleton RGN PGDiP, MSc
Consultant Nurse Health Protection & IPC National Lead for PHE Centres & Regions
Public Health England

Susie’s current role is as national lead for Health protection & Infection Prevention & Control within Public Health England. Her remit is to provide national, regional & international advice on Health protection & IPC translating strategy into operational delivery. Her career in the Health service spans over 35 years, having incorporated Orthopaedic & Trauma, Emergency Planning, HIV & AIDs management, and Public Health. She has held various Senior Roles throughout her Career and in numerous different settings including Acute Hospitals, Community services Health Authority and Government Agencies. She holds an MSc in Health Protection and Practice Development and has contributed as an honouree lecturer to MSc modules at Sheffield Hallam University, PHE Field Epidemiology Courses & RCN courses. Susie has also been a Past Coordinator of the Trent Branch of IPS.


  • 18:30

    Opening remarks from Chair

    Professor Anne Harriss, Society of Occupational Medicine President

  • 18:35

    COVID-19 Occupational Health Update

    Susie Singleton, Consultant Nurse Health Protection & IPC Centres and Regions National Lead, Public Health England

  • 19:05

    Return to work and Occupational Health Nursing

    Dr Shriti Pattani, Chair of the NHS Health at Work Network

  • 19:35

    Question and answer session

  • 19:55

    Closing remarks from Chair

    Professor Anne Harriss, Society of Occupational Medicine President

Page last updated - 18/08/2020