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Survey on the Future of OH nursing / Technicians and the Single Organisation
Your input matters! - This survey will close on 31 October 2014
If you have not already responded to this survey can we invite you to do so now. CLICK NOW to complete the survey which will only take a few minutes. The aim of the survey is to determine how OH nursing moves forward following the recent vote to create the single organisation. The survey responses will be used to gain an understanding of the direction OH nurses and Technicians think our profession should take. Our goal is to hear the views from as many nurses and technicians about forming a single organisation to represent OH Nurses or Technicians, as well as your views of what the organisation should provide for its membership. Now that the National School of Occupational Health has been launched, we would also like to know your expectations of this organisation.

Your information is completely confidential. Only group summary data will be compiled and reported.  We appreciate your time and effort in providing this requested and valuable information. Your participation will help us gain some valuable insight and understanding upon what OH nurses  and colleagues would like going forward. 

Your input and opinions are greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below to answer the questions regardless of whether or not you have any experience or interest in this topic - it's important that we hear all sides. The survey should only take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to answer the questions https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHNurseandtechnician_survey

This project is funded by one of the Directors of the AOHNP who feels greater insight into your views is necessary.

The survey will close on 31 October 2014.

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