NHS Plus Email Alert System

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NHS Plus Email Alert System

NHS Plus Email Alert

Each month, NHS Plus registered users and NHS OH providers receive an email outlining

    key project developments and new postings on the NHS Plus website. The service is

    designed to keep you abreast of new developments.

Keep an eye on our website for the latest news on the NHS Plus Project and to access

    information and materials relevant to your work. See

Issue 22 26 February 2009

Welcome to the February 2009 edition of the NHS Plus email alert. This issue contains:

1. NHS Plus/Durham Business School - Strategic Development Programme 2009

    2. NHS Plus Director of Quality - secondment opportunity

    3. NHS Plus conference 2009

    4. Audit conference 22 April 2009

    5. Excellence in HRM Competition 2009 - NHS Occupational Health category

    6. Project to develop evidence based standards for OH records

    7. Fit for Work Pilots

    8. Countrywide events

    9. Walking Works campaign

    10. Regional champion required for Trent area

    11. In the News

    12. February/March Research Plus

The next issue, Issue 23, will be circulated on 25 March 2009.

If you have any comments on this alert or questions please email Wendy Coleman at

    1. NHS Plus/Durham Business School - Strategic Development Programme 2009

    At the annual NHS Plus conference held on 4/5 February in Warwick, Dr Kit Harling,

    Director NHS Plus, announced that we had commissioned Durham Business

School to organise and deliver a second Strategic Development programme to

    commence in September 2009. Arrangements for this programme have now been

    finalised and we are now pleased to invite applications for the award of places.

    For further information click here. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2009.

    2. NHS Plus Director of Quality - secondment opportunity

NHS Plus is seeking a Director of Quality to replace Dr Ira Madan who will be leaving

    the project in April 2009. The appointment will be part time, initially until 30

    September, with potential to extend to March 2012. Further background information

    and details of how to apply are available here. If you have any queries please email

    3. NHS Plus conference 2009

Our second annual conference took place on 4/5 February and was very well

    received and enjoyed by the delegates - Excellent conference once again. Already looking forward to next year! OH is in an exciting era presently and the enthusiasm

    can certainly be felt by delegates this year.”

An overall satisfaction rating of 96% was achieved and 98% said they would

    recommend the event to others.

A new range of NHS Plus marketing materials for use in OH units was launched at

    the conference and is available here. If you would like a copy on CD please contact

    Copies of the presentations are available here.

    4. Audit conference 22 April 2009

NHS Plus is hosting a national conference on 22 April 2009 at the London School of

    Economics in London to discuss the results of the recent audits of back pain

    management and depression screening and management of staff on long term

    sickness absence and to look to the future. All NHS occupational health

    professionals, whether or not they were able to take part in the first round of audits,

    are invited to attend. Further information and registrations details are available here.

Copies of the audit results have been distributed to all OH units and are also

    available on-line.

    5. Excellence in HRM Competition 2009 - NHS Occupational Health category

NHS Plus is pleased to announce that the Healthcare People Management

    Association has just launched its 2009 Excellence Awards. NHS Plus is pleased to be

    sponsoring a category for the second year, this year entitled “Excellence in

    improving employee health and wellbeing - projects with an emphasis on health, work and wellbeing strategies to boost staff and business performance”. All UK NHS

    Occupational Health services are encouraged to apply, including NHS Plus

    accredited services, and the closing date for entries is 26 March 2009. Further details

    are available at

    6. Project to develop evidence based standards for OH records

Dr Moira Kelly, SpR at Addenbrookes Hospital, is currently undertaking a MFOM

    project to develop evidence based standards for occupational health records. Further

    details of the project are available here and to assist in this important project you are invited to complete a short questionnaire, which consists of eight questions and

    should take less than five minutes to complete (click here to complete the


    7. Fit for work pilots

The Fit for Work Service Programme of Piloting is just one of the initiatives being

    progressed as part of the Government's response to Dame Carol's review of the

    health of Britain's working age population and you can now register for updates to

    keep track of progress.

You may be aware that piloting a Fit for Work Service (FFWS) was a key

    recommendation within Dame Carol's review. The Government response - Improving

    health and work: changing lives - accepted her recommendation to pilot such a

    service and outlined plans to provide financial support to local areas who want to run

    their own FFWS.

Three workshops will be held during March to provide further information to all

    interested parties, as follows:

    16 March Edinburgh

    17 March Birmingham

    18 March Cardiff

Visit the website ( for further information

    and a registration form, but if you would like to be notified whenever new information

    is posted, please email and register to receive notifications.

    8. Countrywide events

Following the Government’s response to the Carol Black review, Health, Work and

    Well-being are hosting a series of events highlighting the need for a change of

    approach towards health and work in Britain. The events are proving extremely

    popular and the majority are now fully booked. However places are still available in

    Glasgow (12 March), Nottingham (26 March), and Cambridge (27 April).

     For further information visit the HWWB website.

    9. Walking works campaign

With an estimated 70% of adults not doing enough exercise to benefit their health and

    government statistics showing that we jump in the car for over a fifth of journeys

    shorter than one mile, commuters are being urged to change their journey to work

     during National Walk to Work Week (27April 1 May.)

National charity Living Streets run the Walking Works Campaign, which is funded by

    the Big Lottery Fund and in London by Transport for London, to highlight the role that

    walking can play in bringing some much needed activity into our daily lives.

Walk to Work Week is an annual reminder that walking all or part of the commute is

    fun, green and healthy. More than 27 million adults in England are not getting enough

    exercise, but walking for just 30 minutes a day during the working week means

    meeting the governments recommended level of daily activity to transform your health.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

    “We’re facing an obesity epidemic in this country, largely because very few people

    are actually exercising enough to get health benefits. There is a free and easy way to

    work more exercise into your daily routine however - give yourself a daily dose of


The impact of walking more can be huge, not only for your health, but to give you

    time to plan the day ahead, or to unwind after it. We urge everyone to give it a go

    during Walk to Work Week, you’ll be amazed at how enjoyable it can be.”

    10. Regional champion required for Trent area

NHS Plus is seeking a regional champion to cover the Trent area (ie. Leicestershire,

    Northamptonshire and Rutland, South Yorkshire, East Midlands, and Trent SHAs).

Regional champions are expected to stimulate the incorporation of the

    recommendations of NHS Plus evidence-based guidelines into local practice and local audit and encourage the participation of local NHS trusts in national audits undertaken by OHCEU. They will be given assistance to disseminate the NHS Plus clinical standards programme work via local educational programmes.

    Individuals will be required to attend two regional forums per year, based in different regions on a rotational basis. The position will attract an honorarium of ?1000 per year and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    Individuals who apply for these posts must be committed to raising clinical standards in occupational health. Applications from regional ANHOPS and ANHONS

    representatives are particularly welcome. Interested individuals should submit a supporting statement, stating how you will execute your duties to Dr Ira Madan by 31 March.

    11. In the News

A selection of articles which we hope will interest you:

? How to report on health and wellbeing

    With the recession well and truly upon us, recruitment is dwindling and organisations are turning their attention to engaging and retaining existing staff. Read more . . .

? Absence out of the shadows

    An Australian pilot programme aims to help UK managers to recognise and support staff who are suffering mental ill health.

    Read more . . .

    ? Striking the right note for workplace wellbeing With the government putting increasing pressure on employers to take responsibility for their workers' health, Noel O'Reilly argues that the time is right for HR to make the case for investing in effective absence management and workplace wellbeing. Read more . . .

    12. February/March Research Plus

The February/March edition is available on-line and also appears in

    the February/March 2009 issue of Occupational Health [at Work] (volume 5 issue 5, pp. 4041).

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