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Dates for your Diary

21st Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Rhythm & Blues Room, Crowne Plaza, NEC

Speaker: Dr John Ballard

Join us for our annual dinner and lecture.  This year our venue is slightly smaller so places are limited to 60 attendees. 

Friday, 18 September 2015

St Alban's Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwins Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N 7AB

Please note the date/month for this event. Further details will be available in due course.

AOHNP (UK) Cruise
10th -12th October 2015

sailing from  Southampton to Belgium

Further details can be found by clicking the link.

Thursday, 20 November 2014
"Mind Games - identifying the game plan, not just being part of it".
Resilience in the Workplace

This year's very successful event was held in the St Alban's Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwins Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N 7AB and the Good Practice Forum was open to members and non-members.

Reports from the outgoing President, Directors and the Administrator (including accounts) can be downloaded below.

President's Presentation AGM 2014

Directors' reports 2014

Administration Report & Accounts 2014

The aim of the Good Practice Forum is to share good practice and for delegates to reflect on the presentations to improve their own practice.  This year we were focussing on resilience in the workplace and had speakers discussing the law relating to ill health/disability, emotional wellbeing, fitness for administrative/disciplinary action, a mental wellbeing programme and ways to develop emotionally resilient and adaptable people. 

The presentations from our speakers can be downloaded by clicking the link on their name:

Emily Yeardley - Employment Solicitor
Quality Solicitors Knight Polson
Topic:  A practical discussion on the law relating to ill health/disability in the workplace.
To include
·  Summary of mental health in the workplace
·  Is the employee “disabled”: an OH view
·  Obtaining medical records/reports
·  “Reasonable” in reasonable adjustments
·  Supporting employees in disciplinary proceedings/employment tribunal

Glyn Morris – Mind Health Development
Glyn Morris is the managing director of Mind Health Development, a company set up to facilitate the ongoing improvement of employee psychological well being. Glyn is both a psychiatric nurse and cognitive behavioural therapist, and on behalf of MHD, works with organisations to maintain successful counselling and psychotherapeutic clinics for their workforce, run stress workshops and train companies in the maintenance of healthy and productive teams. Glyn is also the co author of The Water Carrier.

Topic:  Emotional Wellbeing

Sarah Jane Mogford – AOHNP (UK) Regional Director
Sarah Jane Mogford RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, CMIOSH entered OH by accident in 1996 after a varied nursing and business career. She has been an active member of the AOHNP since 1998.

Topic:  Practical Aspects of Fitness for Administrative Action
OH practitioners are increasingly being asked to assess an individuals 'fitness for disciplinary' or other administrative action. This presentation covers the practical aspects for everyday OH practice.

Robert Manson, Head of OH & Wellbeing, Morrisons Supermarkets plc
Robert is currently Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Morrisons Supermarkets plc providing a service to over 130,000 employees.  He has over 25 years experience in both the occupational health and health and safety arena working in the chemical, pharmaceutical and retail business.
He has a BSc in Occupational Health as well as an MSc in Health Ergonomics specialising in participatory methods for both ergonomics and wellness programmes. Robert has written several articles on case management and workplace ergonomic programmes and has been recognised with the Safety and Health at Work - European Good Practice Award Winner 2007 for reducing risk and costs within companies.
He has presented at the Health and Wellbeing Conference in Birmingham in 2014 on Creating a Resilient Workforce and has had a follow up article  published in the Occupational Health Journal June 2014. He is a lead facilitator for the Energy for Performance in Life program which supports work-life integration and engagement among employees. He has devised and is now delivering Resilient Leadership workshops for Morrisons colleagues.

Topic: Creating a Resilient Workforce

The content covers:  
The current climate and burning platform in Morrisons 
An overview of the current  Health and Wellbeing strategy  
The key areas of focus  
Why resilience and recovery became the priority 
The benefits resilience has had towards self and team to help build a highly effective and supportive culture within the workplace  
The key learnings from an occupational health perspective

Adrian Embling, Director & Trainer, Mindset Wessex Ltd
Adrian Embling has worked in the health & employment field for the last 34years. Since 2008 he has specialised in mental health and work related stress. He has delivered training in the public and private sectors on a wide variety of disability, employment and mental health subjects including how to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace, developing productive working relationships and time management. Currently focusing on handling stress at work,  developing people management skills, building resilience and maintaining well-being.
He has developed handling stress courses in partnership with the award winning LIFT psychology team in Swindon. Mindset Wessex takes pride in providing practical, straightforward advice which is impartial and confidential.
Adrian’s training style has been described as “engaging”, “pragmatic” and “accessible”, delivered with “integrity” and “enthusiasm”. Taking care of your workers is taking care of your business.

Topic: The Resilience Factor – Embracing Change
Developing emotionally resilient and adaptable people

•          Understand what we mean by resilience
•          Understand the importance of developing personal resilience
•          Identifying the barriers – the internal dialogue
•          Identify the role of leaders and managers in the change process

Christina Butterworth, President AOHNP (UK)  Topic: An update on Occupational Health in the UK

Thanks to our sponsors:




Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham

The AOHNP (UK) 20th Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture/Debate is being held on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 in the Oasis Suite at the Crowne Plaza, NEC.

The debate will be between Christina Butterworth, President AOHNP (UK) and Helen Kirk who has taken on a new role as Public Health England - Head of Occupational Health Transition. 

We hope the debate will include the following:
1.  The priorities set out by Public Health England and how they engage with the workplace and in particular OH nurses;
2.  The role that OH nurses see as priorities in managing public health;
3.  Are they complementary and is there the right level of collaboration;
4.  Are OH nurses doing themselves a disservice by calling themselves public health nurses on the NMC register
as well as other issues and will be of interest to many OH nurses.

Why not join us – a booking form can be downloaded here or requested from admin@aohnp.co.uk

Closing date for bookings: 19 February 2014.

Thanks to our sponsor Cohort.

The Association holds an annual Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture and sometimes its own conference in the early part of the year.  The Annual General Meeting and Good Practice Forum/Occupational  Health Update are generally held in October each year.

The AOHNP conference aims to provide good value, central location, many networking opportunities, interesting content and learning outcomes.

Ruth Alston was a passionate advocate of occupational health nursing. She frequently demonstrated this during her varied career that included working in industrial and commercial settings and teaching occupational health nursing students.

To many she is probably best known for her part in the development of the Hanasaari Model for occupational health nursing. This was one of the earliest examples of occupational health nursing in the UK mirroring the developments and moves towards an increased academic approach seen in nursing generally.

No model can ever capture the essence and humanity of Ruth. She was firm yet kind, assertive yet tolerant, warm yet business like and knowledgeable yet a life long learner.

Her tragic early death made us all poorer but richer in that we have the opportunity to remember her during the annual Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture.

One of Ruth’s last kind acts for her AOHNP(UK) colleagues was to agree that this annual lecture be held in her name. She requested only that there should somehow be a link between occupational health nursing and the business world. This has given opportunity for a wide brief and diverse topics for past speakers.