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Site updated: 11 September 2014

Welcome to our website.  Links on some pages will take you to a .pdf document which are for members only and require the Association website password to open them.  If a problem occurs please contact Linda, Association Administrator. 

Our most recent updates include:

OH Today - Autumn 2014 can now be downloaded here.

This issue includes details of:
. the 2014 AGM in London;
. calls for board member nominations;
. a note from the President on NMC consultation;
. public speaking;
. using HWDU resources

as well as other items.

2014 Annual General Meeting / Good Practice Forum

The flyer for this event can be downloaded here - further details about our speakers are also shown under Events - AOHNP.
Notice of 22nd Annual General Meeting – Thursday, 20 November 2014 to be held in the main meeting room at the St Alban’s Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin’s Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N 7AB at 9.30am
The AGM is upon us yet again and this year the majority of board members have agreed to stand for another year.  However Sian Edwards (South West region) and Christina Butterworth (President) are stepping down at the AGM. Fortunately some of the existing board members have agreed to take on additional roles as follows: Diane Romano-Woodward will step down as PDD and the Board has agreed to her appointment as President; Marisa Stevenson has offered to take on the role of PDD as well as Region 1 Director and Kate Kyne has offered to take over Region 7 (South West). We now have a vacancy for an NHS Director and are always looking for members who would like to join the Board.

So do you have a desire to make a difference and are you passionate about Occupational health? Then why not think about becoming a board member for AOHNP (UK).


Nominations are being called for this year for the above posts and if you are reading this I’m hoping you feel that you do want to make a difference and be involved in keeping Occupational Health at the forefront of the Public Health Agenda by being part of our Board.   AOHNP (UK) welcomes those members who can represent our profession, our members and have a desire to make things happen to further the quality & practice of Occupational Health.   As part of the role Board members must have a willingness to represent the views and interests of our profession. A position on the Board enables you to have a direct say in the strategic direction of the Association and an influence upon its activities. A Board position also gives you an opportunity to develop your management skills and network at a national level, particularly important at this time. All board members are responsible for various strategy action plans and work as a team supporting each other and involving membership as much as possible in the various tasks that require consideration/action.  The primary tasks of each of the Board role are given below.  Where possible the regional directors agree member regions which they will be responsible for.

Call for Nominations for the following Board Positions

NHS Director –
works within the NHS attending meetings and cascading information pertaining to occupational health good practice; develops links with OH groups; attends Board meetings  to represent the views of OH nurses working in the NHS; actively participates in any activity required at board level including progressing strategy programmes.
Regional Director
- facilitates communication and meetings between members where required; develops links with local OH groups; attends Board meetings to represent the views of members; actively participates in any activity required at board level including progressing strategy programmes.  
Deadline for Nominations Self nominations or nominations by other members, should be sent to Linda Riseborough, Association Administrator at the AOHNP (UK) office (P O Box 11785, Peterhead AB42 5YG) to arrive by 5pm on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. Please enclose a short (100 word) biopic giving brief details about yourself and what you feel you could contribute to the Association as a Board Member.  Email nominations are acceptable. The postal ballot will be held before the AGM, if we have more than one nomination for each vacancy. All nominees must be full members of the Association. The first term of office will commence after the AGM for 2 years.  Please contact the current post-holder or the Association Administrator for more information.

OH Today - Summer edition
Members can now download the latest edition of OH Today.  It is password protected with the 2014 password.

Health & Wellbeing at Work Exhibition 2014
The Association stand at the 2 day conference was as busy as ever. It was lovely to meet old and new members and touch base with associated professions who we work with in the workplace and to promote OH. We signed up over 40 members and Ivan Ong has been picked at random to receive a copy of Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing.

The main topics that are of relevance to us that seemed to come out of the conference (in the opinion of Sarah Mogford) were as follows:

1) The NMC consultation regards revalidation. We gather that the response to the consultation so far is quite low. It is really important to respond to the consultation - the implication of the new revalidation proposals are significant. Feedback from e.g. one disgruntled HR ‘client’ could have significant impact on an individual’s future in the profession. If you haven’t already gone to the website and had your say, I would strongly urge you to take 10 minutes, get a cup of tea and do it. www.nmc-uk.org/revalidation

2) The ‘single voice’ project. This is the proposal that OH moves forward under one banner, with a number of ‘colleges’ representing the current different professionals that work within the workplace. The idea is that working as a single unit, with a college established by royal charter, it could have far more impact that the current (despite best efforts) disparate voices. I am aware from speaking to some of you that there are concerns that the OHA voice could be lost and loose it’s independence within an organisation. Some are also concerned that this will essentially be a ‘doctor led’ initiative. I met with Hilary Todd from the SOM who has been working to bring this huge project into being, and put these points to her. She is emphatic that the college structure will ensure that all strands will have an equal voice, be that voice of an ergonomist, a occupational physic, an OHA or an OHP. Although this initiative has been under the ‘umbrella’ of SOM, it has been brought forward with stakeholders from all backgrounds, indeed our own Christina Butterworth has been key in the discussions. Hilary is very keen to reassure anyone still concerned that this will not drown out the OH voice, in fact it will do the opposite as the structure will give it far more authority. If you need more information about the proposals.

Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing - A Guide for Practitioners
The AOHNP have written a new text book for OH nurses. Edited by Greta Thornbory it was mostly written by the AOHNP board members who are all experienced and practicing occupational health nurses. Publishers, Routledge, said they were enthusiastic about the project, particularly as there has not been a new occupational health nursing book for five years.

The book is now available in electronic format through the Amazon Kindle, Apple and Google books.

The book consists of 10 chapters including ones on public health, leadership, health promotion, health surveillance, health assessment, case management and rehabilitation, managing mental health, managing OH services, epidemiology, research and quality assurance and auditing. Woven through each chapter will be the ethical issues of nursing practice together with further reading and links to resources. 

Further details can be found under Publications

COHPA (Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association) have  allowed us to pass their newsletters on to members via this website.  See the Members Only page.  Back issues are included.

AOHNP (UK) Scholarships - members don't forget to apply.  If you see a course or workshop you would like a scholarship for then just download an application form from the Members Only page.

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AOHNP (UK)
P O Box 11785
Peterhead
Aberdeenshire AB42 5YG
Tel/Fax.  0845 2255 937
Email: admin@aohnp.co.uk