Come and join us at the multi-disciplinary conference for Occupational Health Professionals

25th TO 27th June 2018

Monday 25th June

Occupational Medicine 2018 Trainee Conference

The Occupational Medicine Trainees' Annual Conference offers a unique programme of educational and networking opportunities for trainees. The Conference will be held in the Education Centre for Occupational Health at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in Greenwich.  The main focus of the academic content of the conference will be difficult to access areas of the training curriculum.

It will also be an excellent opportunity to network with fellow NTN trainees and CESR candidates from the NHS, Defence and private sectors.

The organising committee is pleased to announce that the following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Dr Anne de Bono (President, FOM)
  • Dr Paul Williams (President, SOM)
  • Dr Ben Lashbrooke (Consultant Occupational Physician, NATS)
  • Juliet Hodges (Senior Behaviour Change Advisor, Bupa UK)
  • Prof Diana Kloss MBE (Occupational Health Law Barrister)
  • Dr Steve Forman (Principal Medical Adviser, HSE)
For more information and to register, please see the Occupational Medicine Trainees' Annual Conference website

The Workplace Visits are on Monday also.

Click here for details

19.00 Welcome Reception & Registration at Regent’s University

Tuesday 26th June

Main Conference Day 1

08.00 Registration and Coffee
09.00 Open and Welcome from the SOM and FOM Presidents Dr Paul Williams, SOM President Dr Anne de Bono, FOM President
09.15 Eponymous Lecture: the 2018 Thackrah lecture Convenor: Tabitha Jay, Director of the Joint Health and Work Unit at the Department for Work and Pensions
Sarah Newton MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work
Q and A
10.00 Peter Taylor Award Winner

A descriptive study of hypersensitivity pneumonitis among patients referred to a tertiary respiratory expert panel

Dr Justin Mokhlis, Consultant Occupational Health Physician, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
10.30 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Parallel 1
Medical Standards on Fitness to Drive Dr Wyn Parry, Senior Medical Adviser, DVLA
Parallel 2
Current Ethical Issues in Occupational Medicine Dr Steve Boorman, Chair, Council for Work and Health Professor Diana Kloss, Barrister Nico Fabri, Partner, Kennedy's Solicitors
Parallel 3
Mental Health Professor Neil Greenberg, Kings College London Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Division, Psychology School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University Peter Kelly, Psychologist, HSE
Parallel 4
Use of the fit note Convenor: Christina Butterworth, RN SCPHN Dr Rob Hampton, Council Member, RCGP
Parallel 1
Lunch, Exhibition and Posters Facilitator: David McLoughlin
Parallel 2
Meet the Experts over Lunch Dr Mike Isaac, Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists and Chair of Occupational Health Special Interest Group Liz Egan, Programme Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Parallel 3
Complaints about occupational physicians Dr Gregory Dollman, Medical Adviser, MDDUS
Parallel 1
Poster Walk Facilitator: David McLoughlin
Parallel 2
OH Careers - transitions in and into OH Practice Catherine Tye, RN SPOH PgDipOSH Health, Safety and Wellbeing Practitioner
Parallel 3
A hard day’s night - shift work, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes Anil Adisesh, Chair in Occupational Medicine Dalhousie University
Parallel 1
Intervention studies- leading the way in OH
a) Results of the SCIN trial Vaughan Parsons, OH Research Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
b) Building a return to work intervention

Dr Ira Madan, Consultant and Honorary Reader in Occupational Medicine, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College, London
c) Using fit note data to build research themes Sarah Harrison, Clinical Research Nurse Occupational Health
Parallel 2
Black lung; new lessons from an old hazard Chair – Dr Will Ponsonby
Professor Malcolm Sim, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Monash University, Australia Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE, University of Glasgow
Parallel 3
The Occupational Health multidisciplinary team – leading or laggard? Convenor: Anne de Bono
OH Physiotherapists: Mark Armour
OH nursing: Christina Butterworth
Rehabilition: Dr Emer McGilloway, Consultant and Clinical Lead for Rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation - confirmed
OH Psychologist Roxane Gervais
Parallel 4
Drugs and Alcohol – latest issues Helen Vangikar, Toxicology Consultant
15.15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Parallel 1
What is good work? Chair – Lord Blunkett, SOM Patron
Douglas White, Head of Advocacy, Carnegie UK Trust Dr Paul Litchfield, Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing Dame Carol Black, Principal at Newnam College
From 13.45Parallel 2
HAVS Master Class Dr Jon Poole, Consultant Occupational Physician Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the HSE Dr Ian Lawson, Occupational Physician (Specialist Advisor HAVS) Rolls-Royce plc Dr Roger Cooke
HAVS technical session Dr Jon Poole Dr Ian Lawson Dr Roger Cooke
Parallel 3
Managing long term conditions and disability in the workplace Lucy Kenyon, President, AOHNP Founder of Workabilty Solutions T and Adjust4Work
Parallel 4
Military Mental Health – OH in Action Dr Jeya Balakrishna, Consultant Psychiatrist Defence Primary Healthcare, MOD Maj Kevin Lee, Senior MO at Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden
17.30 SOM AGM

19.30 Gala dinner

London Zoo, Regent's Park Click here for full details

Wednesday 27th June

Main Conference Day 2

08.00 Registration and Coffee
09.00 The 2018 Jameson-Parkinson Memorial Lecture:
Martin Temple CBE, Chair of HSE
09.25 The future of Occupational Health and Medicine Research Convenor: Dr Ira Madan Professor Gina Radford, Deputy CMO
Parallel 1
Developing the evidence base for the HSE health and work strategy Chair: Dr Shriti Pattani, Clinical Director, Occupational Health Department, London North West University Healthcare Professor David Fishwick, HSE Chief Medical Officer.Consultant Respiratory Physician and Hon. Professor of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease, STH NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield Dr Steve Forman, Principal Medical Adviser HSE
Parallel 2
Effectiveness of workplace interventions to aid a return to work Marjory Fish, OH Nursing Lecturer, Brunel University
Parallel 3
How to keep ageing workers working Convenor: Alison Codling, HSE Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE, Glasgow University Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager - Centre for Ageing Better
Parallel 4
Men’s mental health Dr Shaun Davis, ‎Royal Mail Group, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability
11.00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Parallel 1
Advances in Occupational Lung Disease Professor Paul Cullinan, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease, Imperial College (NHLI) and Royal Brompton Hospital
Parallel 2
The value of occupational health - a research synthesis of the value proposition Convenor: Nick Pahl, SOM CEO Dr Paul Nicholson, SOM report author
Parallel 3
Managing Menopause Better: A non-clinical approach Convenor - Dr Richard Heron, VP Health & CMO, BP plc Professor Amanda Griffiths, Nottingham University
Parallel 4
Sleep and Occupational Health Professor Anita Simonds, Consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Parallel 1
Lunch, Exhibition and Posters
Parallel 2
Coaching skills in Occupational Health Mandy Murphy, Deputy Head of the National School of Occupational Health
Parallel 3
SOM Occupational Health Technicians meet Contact Nick Pahl, CEO, SOM
Parallel 1
Oral Presentations from abstracts (from 1pm) Chair: Dr John Hobson
Parallel 2
The Integrated Health and Safety Index – lessons from the USA Dr Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH, Vice Chairman, U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc
Parallel 3
How to create a Safe Mental Health Environment - The Construction Sector Dr Lisa Curran, Consultant in Occupational Medicine Joscelyne Shaw, Executive Director, Mates in Mind
Parallel 4
Vocational Rehab and Occupational Medicine Chair: Dr Paul Williams John Pilkington, VRA
14.30 The Future of Occupational Health Convenor: Dr David Snashall, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Medicine, Kings College, London
Dr Jill Crabbe, FOM Trainee Representative Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD Professor Debbie Cohen, Director, Medic Support and the Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health, Cardiff University Dr Jonathan Leach, Chair NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group Joint Honorary Secretary Royal College of General Practitioners
15.15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Parallel 1
Transport and Occupational Health Dr Mark Hall, Chief Medical Officer, Medigold Occupational Health
Parallel 2
International Occupational Health and Travel Medicine Chair – Dr Will Ponsonby, Chair, SOM International Group Introduction: Dr Ron Loeppke, Co- Chair, International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative Work without borders – the interface between travel and occupational medicine Dr Dipti Patel, Consultant in Travel Medicine, UCLH Hospital for Tropical Diseases The need for concerted global action for health and work Dr Ivan Ivanov, Team Leader of the WHO Global Occupational Health Programme International sentinel and surveillance systems to identify work related disorders Professor Lode Godderis, Centre for Environment and Health, University of Leuven
Until 17:30
Parallel 3
Mental Health Dr J. H. Bourke, Consultant Psychiatrist: General Adult, Liaison & Neuropsychiatry Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology and Clinical Psychiatry (QMUL)
Parallel 4
Suicide in Anaesthetists Dr Steve Yentis, Consultant Anaesthetist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital & Honorary Reader, Imperial College London

45 minutes

Workplace Visits

All visits will take place on Monday 25th June 2018 - ahead of the main Conference; most begin at 14.00 hours unless otherwise specified and last for around 2 hrs

Please book your preference at the time of registering, using the on-line registration system. All places are subject to availability and for obvious reasons, numbers are very limited on some of the visits.

These visits have been chosen and developed for their educational value to delegates. They represent unique opportunities for insights into aspects of occupational health which delegates may not usually have access to. The visits are available to full delegates only.

There is no charge to attend a visit but because of high numbers of late cancellations/no shows for visits in previous years, a charge of £40 will be made if delegates cancel within a week of their visit or fail to arrive on the day. This system is intended to ensure that drop-out levels are as low as possible. For this purpose, credit card details will be taken on booking. No deduction will be made unless the place on the visit is cancelled after 17th June 2018 or the participant fails to arrive on the day.

Visits 1 – 9 and Visit 11 listed below have each been awarded 2 CPD credits by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

1. Oxford Circus Station

Oxford Circus is currently the busiest London Underground station on the network.  Regularly needing to manage safety incidents such as customer injuries, slip, trips, and over-crowding in an efficient way whilst also providing the level of customer service expected of a world class system.  

Location: Oxford Circus Station: delegates to find their own way

2. London River Services

Tower Pier is situated in a World Heritage site with stunning views of the River. The Pier is next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and opposite City Hall. Tower Pier is the busiest on our network as it is a mid-route Pier next to major tourist attraction. Tower Pier is a floating structure and the offices are inside the structure of the pier so you feel every movement of the pier when boats come alongside and passengers are walking on the decks.

Location: London River Services Office, Tower Millennium Pier: delegates to find their own way

3. Elephant and Castle Station

Looking at station operations, how we function from a customer service perspective as well as a people perspective, including work life balance, working shifts and the knock on effects that has to attendance issues and diet.   

Location: Elephant and Castle Station: delegates to find their own way

4. Skanska construction site visit

Visit to a construction site at 19 Denmark Street, led by the Operational Lead of Occupational Health & Wellbeing.

Location: near Tottenham Court Road tube station: delegates to find their own way

5. Premier House: Queen’s Park Train Crew Accommodation Centre

Meeting the north end of the Bakerloo line’s Train Crew Operating Centre, where train operators are based from, duty managers leading and supporting them and where they take their breaks from operating.

Location: directly outside Queen’s Park tube station: delegates to find their own way

6. London Underground Emergency Response Unit

ERU provides emergency response for London Underground, responding to minor incidents through the spectrum to significant events such as 7/7 bombings. It will be a very interactive visit: presentation/discussion, film footage, looking at the response vehicle and equipment carried, handling equipment including a challenge at the end. This visit will provide an overview of the ERU, incidents attended and how the ERU manages the physical and mental welfare of the team.

Location: near Acton Town tube station: delegates to find their own way

7. Service Control Victoria Line

The visit will give an insight into how trains are regulated and run safely and on time on the Victoria line. Also it will give an understanding of how disruptions and incidents are dealt with as well as how we keep staff and customers updated with real time info.

Location: near Seven Sisters tube station: delegates to find their own way

8. TfL Lost Property Office Tour

Full tour including storage areas, explaining the processes and systems of operation of the Lost Property Office. Participants will receive handouts of useful information. Q & A session during the tour. This is an interesting and unique environment.

Location: at Baker Street Station: delegates to find their own way


9) Public Health England, Colindale

Colindale is home to the national centre for infectious disease surveillance. There are around 1,200 staff, a third of who work in a range of laboratory environments. This includes work on the most dangerous pathogens. The visit will allow delegates to understand the challenges around keeping staff safe and the procedures in place to manage accidental exposure to infectious disease hazards. The visit will also allow delegates to understand the important function of PHE in providing expert advice and guidance. This is all the way from an individual patent up to helping shape national and international policy. There will be an optional visit to an animal science unit. Shoe covers will be issued, so it is recommended that flat shoes are worn. The visit will include laboratory areas. Delegates must follow security and safety instructions.

Location: near Colindale tube station: delegates to find their own way

10) Parliamentary Archives (note: this visit is not CPD accredited)

The tour will last approximately an hour and include a visit to the Well area of the Victoria Tower of the Palace of Westminster, an opportunity to see one of the Strong Rooms and view some original documents from the collections. It will be hosted by a member of staff from the Archives, with a member of our Collection Care team to be on hand to assist. Delegates selecting this category will be sent a link to book directly into the venue’s booking system.

Location: nearest tube station is Westminster: delegates to find their own way

11) British Airways: To fly, to Serve: the Cabin Crew Safety and Aeromedical Training Facility

Customers are at the heart of British Airways. The company’s commitment to them is integral to the promise: To Fly. To Serve. The crew are trained in delivering the highest levels of safety and service and this visit to the British Airways training facility will give an insight into the regulatory, safety and Aviation medical requirements faced by the cabin crew in the air. The visit will include opportunities to see the regulatory and service standards training in the dedicated aircraft mock ups, emergency evacuation drills and how aviation medicine is taught and assessed at BA.

Location: Hatton Cross, London: delegates to find their own way and a map will be provided

Social Programme

Welcome Reception with Conference Registration

Monday 25th June 2018 7pm - 9.30pm

At Regent’s University, Regent’s Park, London

The night before the opening of the main Conference and together with Trainees after their day’s programme and those who have attended Workplace Visits, there will be a Welcome Reception.  All delegates are welcome.

Registration will be open for you to collect your materials for the main Conference.

The Welcome Reception will include drinks and a barbeque.
The aim of this event will be to enable old friends and new to get together in an informal, relaxed setting.


Tickets are complimentary with Full Registration, but please indicate at the time of registering whether or not you wish to attend.

Guest tickets and tickets for Day Delegates are available at a cost of £35.00

No transport is provided to this event.
Dress code: Smart casual.

Gala Dinner and Dance
Dress code: Black Tie

Tuesday 26th June 2018, 7.30pm - 12 midnight

At London Zoo, Regent’s Park

This will be the highlight of the networking opportunities of this Conference and we are delighted that the After-Dinner speaker will be The Right Honourable Norman Lamb, MP and SOM Patron. 

Drinks reception

After a drinks reception, dinner will be served in the lovely Prince Albert Suite with rooftop terrace offering views over the Zoo followed by dancing to a live band.

Tickets each cost £75 and include a limited number of drinks, dinner and entertainment. 

Tickets are NOT included in the Conference Registration Fee.  Please indicate at the time of registering whether or not you wish to attend.   Guests are welcome also.

No transport is provided to this event; tickets will feature a map
Dress code: Black Tie


Brought to you by the Society of Occupational Medicine and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, hosted in London