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FoNS latest news - 16 May 2013 We thought that members would be interested to read about this :
FoNS is very pleased to announce the publication of Volume 3 issue Number 1 of the International Practice Development Journal (IPDJ). We are delighted that the Institute for Research in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Buskered University College, Norway, has sponsored the first paper in this issue.
Here is the Table of Contents for the rest of this issue of the Journal. You will need to log on as a ‘Friend’ or ‘Associate’ to access these papers.
Also, this week, an interesting opportunity has arisen in response to the recent Francis and Care Quality Commission reports. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), is seeking to support a new category of Fellowships which focus on patient care. The WCMT plans to award ten Travelling Fellowships each year from 2014 for three years to individuals in the medical, nursing and social professions with projects emphasising patient dignity and leadership/team working.
Finally a possible event for your diary. Are you looking for a new challenge, or want to know what opportunities are available to someone with your experience? Taking place on 27 June in Birmingham, Career Pathways is a free recruitment fair exclusive to the healthcare sector.
The AOHNP are writing a new text book for OH nurses. Edited by Greta Thornbory it will be 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 working title of the new book is ‘Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing: A Guide for Practitioners’ and the anticipated date for publication is November 2013. It is hoped to launch the book at the AOHNP AGM.
There is a gap in the market for a text book and practical guide for occupational health nursing. Other up-to-date text books cover particular areas of practice or other branches of public health nursing or community nursing. The aim of this new text book is to provide a sound basis for new entrants to the field; to act as a resources guide for those who are inexperienced in OH practice and to provide a practical handbook, rather than a theoretical tome.
The book will consist 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.
Watch this space for further information later in the year.
Employment Law Plus Newsletter
Jill Kelly from Employment Law Plus has kindly said we could put her Employment Law newsletter on our website. The Board think it would be useful for the members. These newsletters are prepared as often as possible and will be added the site when received. Members can download the newsletter by clicking the link.
In this edition: Sick employees carrying over annual leave – more developments Married employees and conflicts of interest at work Protecting information in court claims Reducing working hours and redundancy Stopping employees preparing to compete with the business Mandatory equal pay audits Government to cut “red tape” for employers
In this edition: Pools for redundancy selection When should employers suspend before a disciplinary hearing? More reforms in sight Age discrimination – when is it unlawful? Sick employees and holiday entitlement – again! Challenging conversations with employees
In this edition: More on holiday pay Less protection for unfair dismissal Reasonable adjustments for disabilities Employers on the front foot in restructures Pay in lieu of notice clauses Damages claims and dismissals Delay in change to family friendly rights Fees for employment tribunal claims
In this edition: · Where is employment law protection going? · Who is liable for discriminatory harassment? · ..and when will the employer be liable for discriminatory harassment? · More on holiday entitlement · Is your organisation geared up for the Bribery Act?
Public Health Nursing: A Textbook for Health Visitors, School Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses Greta Thornbory (Editor) ISBN: 978-1-4051-8007-8 Publishing July 2009 Public Health Nursing is an essential resource for all health visiting students, school nursing students, and occupational health nursing students, that reflects the current key changes in community public health nursing. It is a key textbook for specialist practitioner programmes, and those new to the public health arena.
Written by relevant experts in the field, this practical textbook uniquely explores the three main specialties of Public Health Nursing: Health Visiting, School Nursing and Occupational Health Nursing. A particular strength of the book is the way it shows the diversity of each discipline and how they each address Public Health in vastly different ways according to the needs of their relevant population.
This will be essential reading for all students on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programmes offered across the UK.
Key features: Focuses on the specialist community public health nursing part of the NMC register Multidisciplinary, with contributors from all three specialisms Concerned with improving the health of the population, rather than treating the diseases of individual patients Focuses on practice and competencies
RUNNING AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH BUSINESS booklet The 1998 “Information for Independent Occupational Health Practice” booklet for Independent Practitioners has been revised and the 2008 issue is entitled “Running an Occupational Health Business”. A Working Party of AOHNP members with a personal interest in and experience of running an independent occupational health business recently reviewed and revised the contents. Aimed at people who are not directly employed by an organisation i.e. freelance practitioners, self employed, consultants and those running a business – partnership or limited company, this practical and easy to read guide is invaluable for anyone thinking of taking the plunge or who want to review their progress in the world of business. It is of equal interest for those professionals acting in an independent or autonomous manner and running their own department.
What it’s about? The focus of the booklet is very much on the business of providing an occupational health service which is both professional and ethical. In its five chapters the booklet addresses the main concerns for those practising independently:
· Finding a market · Designing and marketing a product that the customer will buy · Marketing the services offered i.e. the product · Managing customers · Dealing with the employment and other management and business functions which employers normally handles
Real life experiences of what it is like to start up a new business, go through change and growth, have a niche market and have an exit plan are included to give you a flavour of the exciting challenges you could face.
There is a self-evaluation form for you to complete and a space for you to add your own comments and thoughts as you read through the booklet. At the end you will be able to decide what options are bested suited for you and how to begin. This booklet is available as a free PDF downloadto members. It is also available to non-members following payment of £25.00 - contact the Association Administrator for details.