17th TO 19th June 2019


Our programme is subject to change without notice and all participants are encouraged to refer back to these pages shortly before the Conference for the final version

The Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing Conference will be staged at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Theme: Quality
Information to follow


Monday 17th June



Workplace Visits Click here for Visit Programme

For all Conference attendees
(exact timings of each visit to be confirmed in due course: 13.00 approximate departure time to get to visits which usually begin at 14.00 hours)

19.00 Welcome Reception & Registration On-board The Glassboat

Tuesday 18th June

Main Conference Day 1

08.00 Registration, Coffee and Poster Installation
Open and Welcome from the SOM and FOM Presidents
Eponymous Lecture: the 2019 Thackrah Lecture
Musculoskeletal disorders and work in the 21st Century: what do we know, what do we need to know and what would Charles Turner Thackrah tell us?

Professor Karen Walker-Bone

Peter Taylor Award Winner Trainee Presentation and Award
10.30 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Delivering on Thriving at Work - a shared ambition

Paul Farmer, CEO MIND   

Recertification of pilots after head injury

Dr Michael O'Brien

12.30 Lunch and Exhibition
The interface between OM and PH

Professor Martin Bricknell, UK ex-Surgeon General

Brain health of former professional footballers

Dr Damien McElvenny and Professor John Cherrie

15.15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Fatigue panel

Dr Alexandra Holmes, Clockwork Research Company
Adrian Neal, Clinical Psychologist, Cwmbran
Dan Basacik, Lead Human Factors Specialist at RSSB

Improving men’s health at work

Professor Alan White

Meet the Expert Lunches

Professor Karen Walker-Bone and Professor Malcolm Sim

Facilitating multidisciplinary working in workplace health

Dr. Richard Graveling
John Dobbie
Dr Roxane Gervais
Deborah Edwards
Miles Atkinson
Christina Butterworth
Alison Biggs  
Richard Heron
Chair: Dr Andrew Curran, HSE

Fitness to drive

Dr John Evans – DVLA

Academic Forum
Poster Walk
Workplace wellbeing – what is the evidence?

Dr Jenny Napier and Professor Kevin Daniels

15.15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Work place noise induced hearing loss and control

Clare Forshaw and Peter Wilson

SOM AGM – all SOM members welcome plus Occupational Health Awards
Gala Dinner and Dance
(dress code: Black Tie optional) at The Sansovino Hall, The Harbour Hotel

Wednesday 19th June

Main Conference Day 2

08.15 Registration, Coffee and Poster Viewing

Eponymous Lecture: the 2019 Jameson-Parkinson Lecture

The Great Barrier Grief

Dr Ira Madan

Mental Health in the Workplace
Professor Neil Greenberg and Dr Lucy Wright
11.00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Travel Medicine

Dr Dipti Patel, Dr Lisa Curran and Ms Janet Frimpong

12.30 Lunch and Exhibition
Occupational Health for the Future

Tabitha Jay   

Mental Health of doctors

Dr Rebecca Tory, Louise Tebboth Foundation
Professor Gail Kinman,
University of Bedfordshire

Original Research/Oral Presentations - Part 1
11.00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
HR and OH working together

Rachel Suff, CIPD; Tony Vickers Byrne, CIPD and Andrew Walker

Meet the Expert Lunches

Professor Debbie Cohen and Dr Dipti Patel    

Original Research/Oral Presentations - Part 2
Tri Service Occupational Medicine

Dr Paul Turnbull, Royal Navy Dr Anne Fieldhouse, Army Dr David Mallett, RAF

11.00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
Vocational Rehabilitation and Functional Assessment

Nic Suckley and Deborah Edwards

International meet (open to all)

Chair: Dr Rikard Moen, TfL and Chair of SOM International group   

Employment, Poverty and Health
Dr Peter Connaughton, ANZOM
Re-emergence of Silicosis in International Industries
Professor Malcolm Sim, Monash Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health (MonCOEH), Australia
Indian Association of Occupational Health Basic Occupational Health Service Scheme
Dr. S K Raut, National President - IAOH
Work place health without Borders
Dr Clare Wood
Title tbc
Dr Murray Coombs, Medichem

The Performing Arts and Occupational Health

Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM and Dr Hara Trouli, Performing Arts Medicine Clinician

What good OH looks like (short presentations then panel discussion)

Dr Steve Boorman, Prof Neil Budworth and Mark Hudson

Closing Remarks

New SOM President and FOM President

CPD accreditation: it is hoped that some visits will be approved for CPD points by FOM. The application has been made and the outcome will be posted here as soon as it is available

Workplace Visits



All visits will take place on Monday 17th June 2019 - ahead of the main Conference; most begin at 14.00 hours unless otherwise specified and last for around 2 hrs

Please book your preference at the time of registering, using the on-line registration system.  All places are subject to availability and for obvious reasons, numbers are very limited on some of the visits.  There are also minimum numbers on various visits this year, so the line-up may be prone to change according to uptake.

These visits have been chosen and developed for their educational value to delegates.  They represent unique opportunities for insights into aspects of occupational health which delegates may not usually have access to.   The visits are available to full delegates only.

Some visits are in central Bristol and others are further afield, with parking available on-site.  Delegates should make their own way to all visits, having booked.  Full access information will be provided in advance.

If there is a charge to attend a visit, this is shown within the description. However, because of high numbers of late cancellations/no shows for visits in previous years, a charge of £40 will be made if delegates cancel within a week of their visit or fail to arrive on the day. This system is intended to ensure that drop-out levels are as low as possible. For this purpose, credit card details will be taken after booking. No deduction will be made unless the place on the visit is cancelled after 10th June 2019 or the participant fails to arrive on the day.

1. Foundry Visit

This visit involves a trip around J D Norman Lydney Ltd, a foundry making cam shafts for vehicles.  The visit will include a presentation about silicosis given by the foundry doctor.

Visit in Lydney, Gloucestershire.  Parking is available and delegates should make their own way, using the instructions given after booking.

2. Visit to the Synthetic Chemistry Research Laboratories and supporting workshops at The University of Bristol

This visit will be to the School of Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry Laboratories and focus on the safety considerations for carrying out work in research laboratories. This will be followed by a short visit to the on-site mechanical and glass workshops which provide specialist technical support to the research and teaching activities in the school. The aim is to provide an overview of the wide range of health and safety issues faced in a world-class research and teaching chemistry department.

Visit in central Bristol: no transport will be provided.

3. Visit to Specialist Police Training and Resources

Wilfred Fuller Operational Training Centre was formerly an equestrian centre.  Avon & Somerset Police purchased the site in 2015 after it had gone into administration.  The force have transformed the site into a fully functional facility for its Mounted Section and the provision of training for its Dog Section, CBRN and Public Order capability.  It is one of only three police centres to be nationally accredited and has provided training to the South West Forces, all of South Wales and command training nationally.  This visit will give an insight and understanding of Specialist Police Training and Resources.

Visit in Clevedon. Parking is available and delegates should make their own way, using the instructions given after booking.

SS Gret Britain

4. Private Tour* of Brunel’s SS Great Britain – the ship that changed the world

Brunel's SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'.

By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships.

There is lots to see and experience at Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol. You can head beneath the glass sea, walk the SS Great Britain's history in the Dockyard Museum and step onto the ship itself. Alive with sights, sounds and even smells, prepare to set sail on the most extraordinary time machine.

The private tour* for the Occupational Health 2019 group will point out the surgeon’s cabin and illustrate the occupational hazards of life as a sailor.

Entry and private tour cost: £16.50 per person; *minimum numbers are required for this Private Tour. 

Visit in central Bristol: no transport will be provided.

5. Slavery and its modern variants

This visit has been especially put together for Occupational Health 2019 participants, given Bristol’s historical links with the slave trade.

The afternoon will begin at The Georgian House, a house built for a plantation owner and sugar merchant, and home to two black servants, one freed, one enslaved.

After a short walk to M Shed, delegates can visit the gallery there.  Slavery is addressed in various parts of the museum, mainly in the Trading and Challenging sections and also in the Life gallery.
The Museum visits will be followed by a private talk on Modern Slavery given by a Police speaker.

Visit cost: £20 per person to include entry into both Museums and the private talk.

Visit in central Bristol: no transport will be provided.

6. Clifton Suspension Bridge and Suicide Prevention talk

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.  The bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset and is owned and operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. It is entirely funded by tolls - which have paid for its upkeep since it first opened to the public on 8th December 1864.

Within the County of Avon, suicide from the Clifton Suspension Bridge has attracted much publicity. The bridge is 245 feet above the River Avon and the chances of survival after a fall are minimal.

After a tour of the Bridge, a local psychiatrist with a clinical interest in depression will give a talk about Suicide Prevention.

Visit cost: £20 per person to include a tour of the Bridge and the private talk.

Central Bristol: no transport will be provided.  There is no parking at Clifton Suspension bridge but information about public transport links will be provided after booking.

Social Programme

Welcome Reception with Conference Registration

Monday 17th June 2019 7pm - 9.30pm

On-board The Glassboat (moored), Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB

The night before the opening of the main Conference and together with those who have attended Workplace Visits, there will be a Welcome Reception.  All delegates are welcome but attendance must be pre-booked.

The Glassboat is a landmark of Bristol.  Through its large restored wooden windows you will enjoy views of Bristol historic floating harbour and the city.  This floating restaurant opened 30 years ago, having been pulled from the muddy river Severn and restored as a labour of love in the early 1980s. Since then it has built a reputation for wonderful food and service, in one of Bristol’s prettiest locations.

Registration will be open at the Welcome Reception for you to collect your materials for the main Conference.

The Welcome Reception will include drinks and a light buffet.

The aim of this event will be to enable old friends and new to get together in an informal, relaxed setting.
Tickets are complimentary with Full Registration, but please indicate at the time of registering whether or not you wish to attend.

Guest tickets and tickets for Day Delegates are available at a cost of £35.00

No transport is provided to this event.

Dress code: Smart casual.

Gala Dinner and Dance

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 7.30pm - 12 midnight

At The Sansovino Hall, Bristol Harbour Hotel, 49 – 55 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT

This will be the highlight of the networking opportunities of this Conference, staged in a very special venue.  Described as “Bristol’s most impressive events space”, once the former banking hall of the Lloyds Bank building, The Sansovino Hall has a magnificent skylight with an opulent detailed ceiling, providing a spectacular backdrop for our dinner and dance.  

Drinks reception

After a drinks reception in The Gold Bar, a 3 course dinner will be served. 

The after dinner speech will be given by Dr Nancy Doyle, Chartered Psychologist and Founder of Genius Within CIC, a Social Enterprise devoted to promoting systemic inclusion of neurodiversity in our society (see below). 

After speeches, a live band will aim to get guests onto the dancefloor.

Tickets each cost £60 and include a limited number of drinks, dinner and entertainment. 

Tickets are NOT included in the Conference Registration Fee.  Please indicate at the time of registering whether or not you wish to attend.   Guests are welcome also.

No transport is provided to this event; tickets will feature a map and it is less than a 5 minute walk from the Conference venue and Hotel.

Dress code: Black Tie optional.

Dr Nancy Doyle

Nancy's work has been featured on the BBC documentary 'Employable Me' in the UK and USA.  Nancy won the British Psychological Society's Policy Impact award in 2018 for her work with the DWP, MoJ and DfE improving awareness of and support interventions for neurodiverse adults.  Nancy will be reflecting on the success of the last two decades of the 'Neurodiversity Movement', which continues to improve occupational health outcomes for vulnerable people in the UK.

Nancy Doyle

Brought to you by the Society of Occupational Medicine and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, hosted in Bristol