VRA Annual Conference - 20 June 2018

For further details of the programme and to make a booking please go to:


SOM Webinar - OH - The Global Evidence & Value - 12 June 2018

What is the return on investment for occupational health (OH)? Are you unsure as to the (cost-) effectiveness of OH interventions? This webinar will highlight the literature, with related case studies, as to the research evidence and global rationale for investing in OH. The presentation will draw on the findings of a new SOM report on the global value of OH. A broad meaning to the word “value” will be applied, not limited to financial aspects only, but also include legal, moral, and other less tangible effects (such as effects on the corporate image). Finally, the webinar will conclude that there are benefits of investing in OH.  To book go to:


NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework

We are pleased to let you know that the new NHS Workforce Health and Wellbeing Framework is now available. This is the result of two years’ work with NHS organisations, NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and a range of voluntary sector and government partners. 

The Framework will support NHS organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff through an easy to use diagnostic tool and a comprehensive range of guidance against fourteen core organisational enablers and health interventions proven to improve staff health and wellbeing. This will enable NHS organisations to develop comprehensive health and wellbeing plans and evaluate improvement over time. 

The Framework and accompanying diagnostic tool are now available on the NHS Employers website and communications through established channels to NHS organisations will roll out from Monday 21st May accompanied by social media support.


Update from the Work and Health Unit

Dear Stakeholder,

In November 2017 the Work and Health Unit published Improving Lives, the Future of Work, Health and Disability. One of the proposals in the publication was to use part of the Work and Health Innovation Fund to create a “Challenge Fund” which enables external partners to apply for funding to develop and test approaches to build evidence in key areas. We have now reached an important milestone in its development, so I am writing to provide you with more information.  

We issued an Invitation to Tender exercise on Friday 11 May to appoint an external delivery partner to help us manage the Fund.  They will provide us with the expertise to make sure that the available grant funding is used to generate as much evidence as possible from genuinely innovative initiatives.  Working closely with us throughout, the delivery partner will run the process for applying for grant funding, including initial marketing and promotion, supporting applicants to understand the process, assessment of applications against agreed criteria for the fund, and supporting initiatives once they are approved.  

We expect the Challenge Fund to be advertised and open for grant applications from eligible organisations during the summer.  At that point we will publish the detailed scope, assessment criteria and a range of other information to help applicants understand what we are seeking to gather evidence on, including what we’re already testing, so that we avoid duplication. 

In the meantime it would be helpful if you could start to let your organisation and networks know of this forthcoming opportunity, to increase the likelihood of us receiving good quality grant applications. We will continue to keep you updated as we develop our plans. We will provide more detail on the scope and the organisations who will be eligible to apply, once our delivery partner is in place, which we expect to be late June/early July.


SOM Report Launch

Please fclick the link above for the new report Occupational Health: the Global Value and Evidence.  

SOM are launching the report, Monday 30th April at 2pm.  The press release and the report are embargoed until that time.

The report reveals the global value of Occupational Health programmes to organisations, workers, community and the economy: 

  • Evidence shows that well implemented Occupational Health services can generate a strong return on investment 
  • Investigates beyond traditional Occupational Health to include wellness, sustainability and CSR

Update from the Council for Work and Health

The Centre for Ageing Better has produced a report “Health warning for employers:  Supporting older workers with health conditions”.

Please use this link to access the report:

Do you comment on NICE guidance consultations? We want to hear from you

NICE is developing a new way of commenting on consultations and we'd like to invite you to take part in a user testing session with us so that we can gather feedback. 
We are aiming to provide a simple, efficient way for our users to contribute to our consultations online and which no longer uses Word comment forms.  
The user testing session will be a mixture of computer-based tasks and interview questions. We will ask you some questions about how you take part in consultations, and then watch you complete a few tasks using the new software. Watching and listening to you gives us a deeper understanding of what works (and what doesn’t). It’s important to note that we’re testing the software – not you. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the session for you to ask questions. 
We want to make sure that the new software works for everyone so we'd welcome speaking to users with disabilities or accessibility needs.  If you would like to take part, please register by clicking here

Once you have registered to take part we'll send you a link to a list of sessions and you can pick the date and time most convenient for you. 
If you have any questions, please send them to and we'll be happy to answer them. 

Pay and Grading Guidance 2017-18

The latest Pay and Grading guidance can be found by following this link.


Latest Horizon Scanning now out


For the latest news in OH and Healthcare field, click here!


OH Journal 

The latest issue of ACPOHE's Journal is available now  



Regional Network News

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