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Site updated: 7 July 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 - 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) Again, the topic of professional indemnity cover - especially in light of NMC changes - was much talked over. So many OH practitioners are not aware that e.g. the RCN cover is not valid unless you are employed. It is important that you are certain of your employment status, that if you are self employed, that you do have appropriate cover. We are fortunate to have a close working relationship with Unite, for those of you who are employed and with Brett and Randall for those of you who are self employed, or not covered by an employers cover. The MDU offer professional indemnity cover (I personally use the MDU, with a separate business insurance policy) and clinical advice for their members, but do not cover what they consider to be employment issues. There is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ answer to insurance cover for OH professionals - it not only depends on your employment status, but what sort of work you are doing as to what cover is best for you.  If you are unsure, please have a look on the website. Brett & Randall are happy to talk to members and advise on individual circumstances. If you need a contact, please go through Linda, our administrator, through admin@aohnp.co.uk or through the phone number 08452255937

3) 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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