The Programme

8.30am - 9.30am

9.30am - 10.30am
Work-related stress: A solution-focussed approach

Speaker: Dr. Philip McCrea, Managing Director, BHSF Occupational Health Limited

  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Separation of the ill from those who think they are ill
  • De-medicalisation options
  • OH advice on solutions

10.30am - 11.15am
Chronic Embitterment Syndrome

Speaker: Professor Tom Sensky, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College London and Consultant Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

  • Features of Chronic Embitterment
  • Effects on the embittered individual, workmates and the organisation
  • Some considerations for managing Chronic Embitterment

11.15am - 11.30am
Tea and coffee break

11.30 - 12.30
Chronic Pain Abilities Determination (CPAD): An objective assessment designed to determine work capability for individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Speaker: David Newman, Chief Executive Form Health (UK) Ltd

  • Introduction: The necessity for an objective return-to-work capability assessment in individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Concerns regarding use of current protocols in assessing work
  • CPAD: Overview and definition
  • The battery of tests, both physical and cognitive
  • Detecting symptom exaggeration, inconsistency or failure of effort
  • Understanding the results
  • Outcome: Extrapolate CPAD results to specific role requirements
  • The next steps: Ability to return to work and rehabilitation
  • Conclusions

12.30pm - 13.15pm

13.15pm - 14.00pm
Value added services: OHA or OHT?

Speaker: Dr Steve Turley, Occupational Physician, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

  • The mismatch between supply and demand of trained and experienced OHAs has led to providers and employers developing new models of OH provision
  • The growth of OHTs in recent years is seen by some as a natural response to this mismatch but is seen by others as a threat to the overall role of OHAs
  • Can OHAs and OHTs coexist happily and are both required in the delivery of modern OH?
  • Is the development of OHTs a threat or opportunity to the OHAs?

14.00pm - 15.00pm
A new model for the delivery of musculoskeletal OH

Speaker: Stuart Nottingham, Director and Chartered Physiotherapist

  • There is a shortage of qualified OHPs and OHAs as training opportunities disappear
  • Demand for services are growing dramatically
  • Physiotherapists are now recognised by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine as specialists
  • Physiotherapy organisations are eligible to become SEQOHS accredited
  • Modern OH physiotherapists can deliver a significant return on investment: The evidence base
  • What would a new model of delivery look like?

15.00pm - 16.00pm
Doctor in the dock and legal case update

Speakers: Jayne Holliday and Michelle Chamberlain, Thursfields Solicitors, Barrister Ed Beevers.

  • A case update from the Industrial Tribunals and courts relating to the Equality Act and disability judgements
  • Interactive session with an OHP demonstrating how to give evidence in an Industrial Tribunal and how not to give evidence!!
  • Tips and guidance on how best to prepare for giving evidence in an Industrial Tribunal or Court as an OH practitioner