2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING / GOOD PRACTICE FORUM Thursday, 20 November 2014 Join us for a good networking event in London. Book the space in your diary now as further details will be published shortly.
THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDA - A DEBATE The AOHNP (UK) 20th
Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture/Debate is being held on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 in
the Oasis Suite at the Crowne
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
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;
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
as well as other
issues and will be of interest to many OH nurses.
General 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.