Our email address (email@example.com) 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
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
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
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
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
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
AOHNP membership £66 pa (£33 pa for students and £55 pa for
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 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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
Professional Development Director