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NEW OFFICE FROM 24 NOVEMBER 2014

P O Box 6649
BLAIRGOWRIE
PH10 9AP

Our email address (admin@aohnp.co.uk) and telephone (0845 2255937) remain the same.

Changes Following Board Meeting on 25th October 2014  

The AOHNP Board held their regular face to face meeting in London, and as part of the business in hand considered the early results from the OH Nurse and Technicians survey, in addition to the recent vote on the Single Organisation.  

The AOHNP has always strived to give OH Nurses their voice and influence policy and decision makers at the highest level. However, recent events and the initial survey findings indicate that the Association need to consider extending their role in a number of areas. To facilitate this, some restructuring of the Board and how it operates needs to be undertaken.  

The meeting was used to revisit the AOHNP from grass roots to the present day, including the present constitution, what the Association offers members and how the Board works and communicates with members. A number of action items have been generated and work has started on key projects, which are listed below.  The usual activities of the AOHNP will continue in terms of providing occupational health advice to our members and representing OH nurses on the Council for Work & Health, the National School of Occupational Health, POOSH and NICE but we are facing a perfect storm of activity and recognition and we need to act now to protect and enhance the role of the OH nurse and workplace health.  

As part of our review process the following projects have been kick started and will be further discussed at our AGM and Good Practice Forum on 20th November:   

*   Charity status - progressing the AOHNP application, which was put on hold 18 months ago whilst we considered the future direction of OH nursing. This project will also include the potential for setting up the AOHNP trading company with profits being passed to the charity.
*   Website – progressing the development of a new professional website with additional capabilities for membership payment and information for practitioners and employers.
*   Directory of OH Nurses – setting up a database that provides information on OH nurses experience and qualifications for job matching and sharing of good practice (subject to the usual data protection requirements).
*   Consultation with professional Regulator – starting discussions with the NMC regarding the future of the third part of the Register and potential migration by portfolio.
*   Indemnity insurance - progressing discussions with variety of indemnity insurance providers both to provide better signposting for members and (if possible) negotiate discount for members.
*   Communication - improving communication to members by centralising the process and developing a more structured e-newsletter
*   Revalidation – engaging with the NMC on the pilot for revalidation in order to support members in getting the most out of the process, so that we can gain the necessary assurance for the profession and quality of care for our patients/clients.
*   OH Nurse and Technician survey  - Andy Phillips will be analysing the results and publishing them in the OH Journal in January 2015.
*   Training and continual professional development – updating the list of courses available to OH nurses and technicians. Also enhancing our offerings by providing links to online training.
*   Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing – continuing to work with key stakeholders on the development of a single organisation that provides the ‘voice’ of OH nursing while providing services that sustain the profession and professionals working in occupational health nursing. 

As ever, the AOHNP represents its members, so comments and ideas are welcomed. As are members who feel they either wish to join the Board, or assist and have expertise to add without being a Board member. If this is you, or you just want to chat about the prospect, please either contact your regional director or our Administrator, Linda.  

Membership and Insurance

Membership

AOHNP membership £66 pa (£33 pa for students and £55 pa for associates)

Benefits - Regional and national support and advice, specialist advisory network, dissemination of information via the website, newsletter and online networks, professional develop events and other resources and representation on various bodies.

Insurance
Insurance premiums are based on risk and previous claim history and different insurance provider apply them in different ways. They may set premiums for whole sectors of people i.e. health or for groups within the sector i.e. occupational health. Some may only provide some services for employed practitioners and some may also cover employing practitioners, with an increase in premium due to additional potential liability.

For more information about Insurance I suggest you check out the COHPA website. http://www.cohpa.co.uk/join-us/insurance

The RCN scheme does not cover you if you are employed under a contract of employment. This is because in those circumstances the employer is vicariously liable for the actions of the OH nurse; claims are inevitably directed against the employer in those circumstances (i.e. the employee has been negligent in the course of her employment); hence the employer will ordinarily have an appropriate indemnity arrangement in place for the negligence of employees; and this cover will generally satisfy the requirements of the NMC, for example. The RCN scheme continues to provide cover for self-employed nurses, provided that they satisfy the remaining rules of the scheme. Full details of the RCN scheme rules may be found on the RCN website.

http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/553492/RCN_indemnity_final_JULY_2014_recd_20_6_14.pdf

It is important that you are certain of your employment status and  that you do have appropriate cover. We are fortunate to have a close working relationship with Unite  who offer professional indemnity insurance  http://www.unitetheunion.org/contactus/

Some members get business insurance (Medipro) and professional indemnity insurance through Brett and Randall. Joanne Salt of Brett and Randall is happy to talk to members and advise on individual circumstances (jsalt@brettandrandll.co.uk). http://brettandrandall.co.uk/corporate/medipro/

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.     http://www.themdu.com/choose-mdu .

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. 

Diane Romano-Woodward
Professional Development Director
September 2014