The planning of the cruise is well underway and if you haven't already booked then look at the attached flyer for further information.
We were delighted that Key People donated a place on the AOHNP (UK) cruise to be drawn at a raffle at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference 2015. This raffle was won by Wendy Freeman. Three hundred people entered
21ST RUTH ALSTON MEMORIAL LECTURE Tuesday, 3 March 2015 Rhythm & Blues Room, Crowne Plaza, NEC Speaker: Dr John Ballard, The At Work Partnership
The Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture at the Crowne Plaza
was presented by John Ballard and was titled Occupational Health – Who Cares? We were filled to capacity in the
Rhythm & Blues Suite and Rock Room for this event. Even the four last minute cancellations were
taken up by members attending the HWB conference! We have had some positive
feedback on the evening including "I
had a thorough informative and enjoyable evening and it was great to meet up
with some old friends."
Make sure you book for the 2016 event - put the date in your diary now - Tuesday, 8 March.
Sian Edwards, Cynthia Atwell, Diane Romano-Woodward, Greta Thornbory and Anne Newham at the 2015 Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture.
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
· “Reasonable” in reasonable adjustments
employees in disciplinary proceedings/employment tribunal
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
Topic: Practical Aspects of Fitness for
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.
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
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:
climate and burning platform in Morrisons
An overview of the
current Health and Wellbeing strategy
The key areas of
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
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
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.
takes pride in providing practical, straightforward advice which is impartial
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
Identifying the barriers – the internal dialogue
Identify the role of leaders and managers in the
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.