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Site updated: 6 December 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. 

Office Closure - please note the office will be closed between 8 and 24 December. Emails to admin@aohnp.co.uk will not be answered but the telephone will be diverted to Sarah Mogford, Director. Thank you for your patience.

Please note that we now have a new office address:

AOHNP (UK), P O Box 6648, Blairgowrie PH10 9AP

Our telephone number and email address remain unchanged.

Our most recent updates include:

Thames Valley OH Group are holding a study day entitled "Reshaping the OH Landscape" on 21 January 2015.  Find out more by clicking the link above.

21st Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture - 3 March 2015
Dr John Ballard has agreed to give the 2015 lecture at the Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham.
A flyer for this lecture is now available - book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

New Vacancy - GE Healthcare
A unique and rare opportunity to join GE Healthcare, Amersham as their Occupational Health Manager covering multiple sites. The role is to provide leadership across the GEHC UK and Ireland businesses on our employee health strategy, with the aim of preventing work related health problems. Implementing and working closely with business leaders to enhance and shape the future of our health and wellbeing strategy, whilst fulfilling the business statutory and ethical responsibilities to our employee health. This role will drive employee engagement and manage our outsources Occupational Health provider relationship.

Follow the link to Vacancies for further details.

Health & Wellbeing at Work 2015
3 - 4 March 2015 - Hall 8, NEC Birmingham

Download the programme for this event for registration and find us on Stand 153.  We look forward to seeing.

AGM / Good Practice Forum Update
The AGM took place on 20th November 2014 and saw the ratification of new President, Diane Romano-Woodward, and the Board – Christina Butterworth, Susanna Everton, Kate Kyne, Lyndsey Marchant, Sarah Mogford, Anne Newham, Andy Phillips and Marisa Stevenson.

Outgoing President, Christina Butterworth, highlighted the achievements the Association has made, including the representation as a stakeholder in major strategic organisations, the publication of the textbook - Contemporary OH Nursing  - and being involved in the Revalidation pilot with the NMC and her involvement with the planned future of OH education.

Diane gave a summary of her vision for the Association, which includes using Directors for specific tasks and centralising the improved and modernised membership communication. The website is under tender for a complete overhaul and a far more inclusive involvement of members, using social media and events is planned. By engaging modern technology, it is hoped that more professional development access can be facilitated via the Association. Already Diane is engaged with insurance providers to ensure members have the best information when choosing their individual cover. Events already in hand include the AOHNP mini cruise in October 2015.

The survey for the future of OH Nursing is undergoing statistical analysis, but broad 'headlines' will be published both in the December issue of Occupational Health in its featured article on the AOHNP and in discrete articles on the implication of the survey by Andy Phillips in the new year. The progression to Charity status is well under way and should facilitate, for example, a database of OH Nurses that can be used in a similar way to the FOM, who have their qualified physicians register commercially available.

The Best Practice Forum was titled: 'Mind Games - identifying the game plan not just being part of it.' The day was well attended, with seats being at a premium. The slides and summary from the sessions will be available, as usual on the members section of the website in due course. (Presentations are now available under Events - AOHNP Events by clicking on the relevant links). The day proved that there is an appetite for the Association and its members to move, progress and ensure it is best placed to engage with its members and represent their voice at decision making and policy level.

Places are limited (due to available room size) at the next AOHNP national event - the Ruth Alston Dinner & Lecture held during the Health & Wellbeing Conference in Birmingham on 3 March 2015 - so book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on any events, please either visit the AOHNP website, members only Facebook page or contact Linda, our administrator, by phone or email.
Sarah Jane Mogford, on behalf of AOHNP (UK)

AOHNP (UK) first mini-cruise
10th -12th October 2015

sailing from  Southampton to Belgium
Click the link for further information.


Christina Butterworth, President AOHNP (UK) commented
"Representing 350 occupational health nurse practitioners in businesses across the UK, we welcome IOSH’s fresh focus on workplace carcinogenic exposures. It’s vital that all the different professional disciplines involved in occupational safety and health management work together to improve standards and outcomes in health risk management and health surveillance."

Further information on the launch of this campaign, and relevant facts, can be found by clicking the links below.

Campaign Launch - 3 November 2014

Work Cancer - The Facts

Changes Following Board Meeting on 25th October 2014  

The AOHNP Board held their regular face to face meeting in London, and as part of the business in hand considered the early results from the OH Nurse and Technicians survey, in addition to the recent vote on the Single Organisation.  

The AOHNP has always strived to give OH Nurses their voice and influence policy and decision makers at the highest level. However, recent events and the initial survey findings indicate that the Association need to consider extending their role in a number of areas. To facilitate this, some restructuring of the Board and how it operates needs to be undertaken.  

The meeting was used to revisit the AOHNP from grass roots to the present day, including the present constitution, what the Association offers members and how the Board works and communicates with members. A number of action items have been generated and work has started on key projects, which are listed below.  The usual activities of the AOHNP will continue in terms of providing occupational health advice to our members and representing OH nurses on the Council for Work & Health, the National School of Occupational Health, POOSH and NICE but we are facing a perfect storm of activity and recognition and we need to act now to protect and enhance the role of the OH nurse and workplace health.  

As part of our review process the following projects have been kick started and will be further discussed at our AGM and Good Practice Forum on 20th November:   

*   Charity status - progressing the AOHNP application, which was put on hold 18 months ago whilst we considered the future direction of OH nursing. This project will also include the potential for setting up the AOHNP trading company with profits being passed to the charity.
*   Website – progressing the development of a new professional website with additional capabilities for membership payment and information for practitioners and employers.
*   Directory of OH Nurses – setting up a database that provides information on OH nurses experience and qualifications for job matching and sharing of good practice (subject to the usual data protection requirements).
*   Consultation with professional Regulator – starting discussions with the NMC regarding the future of the third part of the Register and potential migration by portfolio.
*   Indemnity insurance - progressing discussions with variety of indemnity insurance providers both to provide better signposting for members and (if possible) negotiate discount for members.
*   Communication - improving communication to members by centralising the process and developing a more structured e-newsletter
*   Revalidation – engaging with the NMC on the pilot for revalidation in order to support members in getting the most out of the process, so that we can gain the necessary assurance for the profession and quality of care for our patients/clients.  *   OH Nurse and Technician survey  - Andy Phillips will be analysing the results and publishing them in the OH Journal in January 2015.
*   Training and continual professional development – updating the list of courses available to OH nurses and technicians. Also enhancing our offerings by providing links to online training.
*   Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing – continuing to work with key stakeholders on the development of a single organisation that provides the ‘voice’ of OH nursing while providing services that sustain the profession and professionals working in occupational health nursing. 

As ever, the AOHNP represents its members, so comments and ideas are welcomed. As are members who feel they either wish to join the Board, or assist and have expertise to add without being a Board member. If this is you, or you just want to chat about the prospect, please either contact your regional director or our Administrator, Linda.  

2014 Annual General Meeting / Good Practice Forum

Membership and Insurance

National School of Occupational Health Conference 2014 report

Changes to the law concerning Criminal Record Checks

Nursing Resources

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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