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UK Health and Safety Week
15 - 19 June 2015
This safety week has the theme: Protecting Worker Health and is a perfect opportunity for occupational health nurses to get involved.  A website has been prepared http://www.healthandsafetyweek.com/ where more details are available.  However, OHN’s can help support this event by taking the message back to their employers/ clients and prepare ’case studies’ on their own role in the workplace; demonstrating initiatives that have helped support worker health in the workplace, health promotion activities; wellbeing programmes; screening; rehab and return to work, hazard assessments etc etc… we all do this so there will be something we can offer.  The campaign would love to see photos and selfies of what you and your clients are doing to protect worker health and will publish them on their webpage (examples below).  They will also send out supporter packs to those interested in participating.  It is such a change from the usual safety theme and a great for OH to be recognised as being a necessary contributor in the workplace – DON’T MISS IT! 


Health & Wellbeing at Work Exhibition 2015
Well another Health & Wellbeing @ Work conference and Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture has been and gone.  As usual our stand was very busy, particularly with people asking questions about the NMC revalidation – our February update on our pilot project is included in this issue of OH Today.  Our President, Diane Romano-Woodward, had completed her portfolio and brought it along to the stand for people to peruse which was very useful.  New and existing members were all pleased that we were trying to get our Facebook and LinkedIn groups more pro-active too! We signed up over 35 new members and Lucy Cadman (the new administrator) is in the process of preparing all the membership packs! 

We raffled another signed copy of Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing and Agnes Tandi was the lucky winner.   We received an email from her saying "Sorry I missed your call yesterday. I was so excited when I listened to your message. I have never won anything." Additionally Key People had donated a place on the AOHNP (UK) cruise (October 2015) and this raffle was won by Wendy Freeman. Three hundred people entered this draw!

Lucy commented "Having been appointed as the new administrator for AOHNP following Linda Riseborough handing over the reins after a happy 15 years in charge, attending the Health and Wellbeing at Work event at the Birmingham NEC was an amazing way to immerse myself into my new role, and to start meeting our members and associates. Hall 8 was buzzing with stands and people from all areas of Occupational Health and it was great to meet so many of our members and people we work closely with. The Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture and dinner on the Tuesday evening was a lovely event with an interesting and engaging lecture from John Ballard, and again it was good to be able to get to know some of our members and honoured guests in a more informal setting at the Crowne Plaza. I have a lot of ropes to learn, but I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so very welcome."

Left to right - Diane Romano-Woodward (President), Jeremy Smith (past President), Susanna Everton (Vice President) and Marisa Stevenson (Professional Development Director) on our stand.