The Society of Occupational Medicine is the UK organisation for all healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health.
Avoiding snake oil in workplace health – what is the evidence base?
In the third episode of this new Podcast series from The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), we discuss evidence based approaches to return to work following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the transformational shift from largely workplace based employment to a hybrid model. Although working from home will remain for many, others will be returning to their employer’s premises while flexible working will be more common than it was pre-COVID. How can businesses manage this and what have occupational health and wellbeing professionals learned from the last couple of years? Guests Dr Nancy Doyle, Dr Gail Kinman and Dr Kevin Teoh join our host Steve Randall to consider the evidence.
About the speakers:
Dr Nancy Doyle is an Occupational Psychologist and the founder of Genius Within, a social enterprise dedicated to facilitating neurodiversity inclusion through consultancy, talent assessment, workshops and coaching for businesses. Dr Doyle works with customers in finance, technology, defence as well as those who are unemployed and incarcerated, working towards a future where all neurominorities are able to maximise their potential and work to their strengths. She is a Research Fellow with Birkbeck, University of London having completed her Doctoral Research at City University of London. In 2019 she was recognised by the British Psychological Society with an award for her contribution to Policy Impact in Occupational Psychology, based on her work to improve inclusion for neurominorities in all walks of life.
Dr Gail Kinman is Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Dr Kinman is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences and a trustee of the Council for Work and Health. She has published widely in the field of occupational health psychology, with a particular interest in the wellbeing of people working in health and social care, education and the prison and blue light services. Dr Kinman works closely with The Society of Occupational Medicine and the British Psychological Society on several projects related to work and wellbeing, most recently to formulate guidelines to help organisations and individuals manage the demands posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
Dr Kevin Teoh is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. He is also the Executive Officer for the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. Dr Teoh’s primary research interests are around developing healthier workplaces, and the translation of research into practice, policy, and public dissemination. He has collaborated extensively with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and The Society of Occupational Medicine, and has a particular interest in the working conditions and wellbeing of healthcare workers.
•COVID-19 Work, worklessness and wellbeing factsheets https://www.som.org.uk/covid-19-work-worklessness-and-wellbeing-factsheets
•Presenteeism during the COVID-19 pandemic: Risk factors and solutions for employers https://www.som.org.uk/presenteeism-during-covid-19-pandemic-risk-factors-and-solutions-employers
•Mental Health Support for Small Business Owners and Team Leaders https://www.som.org.uk/mental-health-support-small-business-owners-and-team-leaders
•Returning to the workplace after the COVID-19 lockdown - toolkits a href="https://www.som.org.uk/return-to-work/"...
Return to the Workplace
In the second episode of this new Podcast series from The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), we explore the many challenges around return to the workplace as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions end.
For employers there are multiple concerns, such as balancing rebooting operations with keeping their team safe, along with managing expectations about how the working model will be in the long-term. Employees may have their own concerns, for example: is the workplace safe, has 18 months of disrupted working impacted relationships with colleagues, and do they really want to return to the workplace at all?
Host Steve Randall speaks to Jonathan Gawthrop, Executive Director, Wellbeing Sustainability & Assurance, EMCOR UK, Jonathan Hill, Head of Occupational Health, Anglian Water, and Justin Jones, Head of Physiology & Clinical Development Lead at Nuffield Health about the impact of the pandemic on the workplace and the strategies that their organisations have taken to support and protect employees’ physical and mental health throughout the pandemic and beyond.
About the speakers:
Jonathan Gawthrop is Executive Director, Wellbeing Sustainability & Assurance for leading FM Company EMCOR UK responsible for the development and practical application of the organisation’s enterprise strategies for these disciplines. A Fellow of IIRSM and the Royal Society of Fellows, Jonathan has a Masters degree in Behaviour Change and is a PhD student studying Organisational Health & Wellbeing. He is a member of the BSI international committee for Occupational Health & Safety, an independent verifier for the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter and advisory board member for a number of cross industry panels working together to evolve safety and wellbeing throughout the UK.
Jonathan Hill is Head of Occupational Health at Anglian Water. He started his career as a professional rugby player before becoming a physiotherapist within sport. The comparisons and challenges between the professional ‘sports athlete’ and ‘industrial athlete’ lead him into the world of Occupational Health. He has previously worked for Fit for Work, Welsh Government and Transport for London before settling in Anglian Water.
Justin Jones has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology and over 15 years’ experience working in the health and wellbeing industry. He is responsible for the clinical development, quality and safety of health assessments at Nuffield Health and leads the professional development of a nationwide team of health and wellbeing physiologists. Within his role, Justin also advises key corporate clients on their wellbeing strategies with reference to employee data, industry-wide health trends, alignment to clinical best practice and emerging research.
•COVID-19 return to work in the roadmap out of lockdown: guidelines for workers, employers and health practitioners https://www.som.org.uk/COVID-19_return_to_work_in_the_roadmap_out_of_lockdown_March_2021.pdf
•Returning to the workplace after the COVID-19 lockdown: A toolkit https://www.som.org.uk/Returning_to_the_workplace_COVID-19_toolkit_FINAL.pdf
•Returning to work after the COVID-19 lockdown webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uJW-QYKDiQ
•Sustaining Work-Relevant Mental Health Post COVID-19 Toolkit https://www.som.org.uk/Sustaining_work_relevant_mental_health_post_COVID-19_toolkit.pdf
•The effects of remote working on wellbeing, stress and productivity a...
Long COVID and Work
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has launched a new Podcast series about work and health.
The first episode in this new Podcast series focuses on Long COVID and work. Long COVID can involve a wide range of symptoms including extreme fatigue, breathlessness, muscle and joint pain, chest pain and mental health problems, all of which can impede an individual’s ability to return to employment. A recent study indicates that Long COVID has a highly significant impact on work, with 22.3% of respondents losing their employment and 45% working in reduced capacity.
In this episode, Dr Nisreen Alwan, Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Southampton, Dr Clare Rayner, retired occupational physician and member of the Long Covid Support Employment Group (https://www.longcovid.org/), and Lesley Macniven, Long Covid Support campaigner and Employment Group Chair and Long Covid Scotland Network (https://www.longcovid.scot/) Co-Founder, discuss the complex emerging issues around Long COVID and work. We also hear from Maria, a teacher, about her return-to-work journey following COVID-19 infection.
About the speakers:
Dr Nisreen Alwan is an Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Alwan has been advocating on the recognition and the quantification of morbidity from COVID-19, having initiated the call to Count ‘Long COVID’. She was awarded an MBE for services to Medicine and Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2021. She was also named amongst other inspiring and influential women from around the world in the BBC 100 Women 2020 list.
Dr Clare Rayner qualified in 1990 from St Andrew and Manchester Universities, UK. She is a retired consultant occupational physician and has worked across several sectors, including transport, manufacturing, healthcare, heavy metals, chemical electronics, food + pharmaceutical, construction, service, and utilities. She was an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester until 2018 and worked as a Trainer for the National Education Project for Health and Work (2010-13). Clare is an experienced trainer and group facilitator with CIPD and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® qualifications and particular expertise and experience as a communication skills trainer.
Clare talks with first-hand experience of Long COVID and has written several papers on this novel condition including three editorials on returning to work after Long COVID, leaflets for workers and employers published by SOM, and a recent Delphi Consensus on management of Long COVID. She addressed the WHO as a spokesperson for patient groups with post-COVID health issues and is collaborating with various groups to develop appropriate health services for these patients, including the Department of Rehabilitation Innovation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She is a member of the Long Covid Support Employment Group.
Lesley Macniven MA, FCIPD is a writer, coach, and consultant. Pre-COVID, Lesley was a freelance consultant, passionate about workplace equality, working with clients to deliver Diversity, Inclusion and Change projects. She has a professional background in HR as well as patient advocacy. Hit by COVID-19 in March 2020, Lesley became a moderator for a patient-led support and campaign group, Long Covid Support, seeking rehab, research and recognition for the patient named phenomenon ‘Long COVID’. Now a patient advocate and member of the SOM led Long COVID task force, Lesley has also worked with the NIHR, various researchers, Scottish Government health officials and is now Chair of the multidisciplinary Long Covid...
The SOM Podcast is coming soon
The SOM Podcast is coming soon