25th TO 27th June 2018

Monday 17th June



Workplace Visits

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 David Flowers
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

RCGP / SOM GP special interest group
Facilitating multidisciplinary working in workplace health

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

Fitness to drive

Dr John Evans – DVLA

Academic Forum

Professor Karen Walker-Bone and Professor Malcolm Sim

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 27th 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 and Dr Lisa Curran

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

International meet (open to all)

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

Employment, Poverty and Health
Dr Peter Connaughton, ANZOM
Title tbc
Dr Murray Coombs, Medichem
Indian Association of Occupational Health Basic Occupational Health Service Scheme
Work place health without Borders
Dr Clare Wood

Original Research/Oral Presentations - Part 1
Tri Service Occupational Medicine

Dr Paul Turnberry, 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

Meet the Expert Lunches

Professor Debbie Cohen and Dr Dipti Patel    

The Performing Arts and Occupational Health

Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM

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

Dr Steve Boorman, Prof Neil Budworth and Mark Power

Closing Remarks

New SOM President and FOM President

Workplace Visits

All visits will take place on Monday 25th June 2018 - 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.

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.

There is no charge to attend a visit but 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 on booking. No deduction will be made unless the place on the visit is cancelled after 17th June 2018 or the participant fails to arrive on the day.

Visits 1 – 9 and Visit 11 listed below have each been awarded 2 CPD credits by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

1. Oxford Circus Station

Oxford Circus is currently the busiest London Underground station on the network.  Regularly needing to manage safety incidents such as customer injuries, slip, trips, and over-crowding in an efficient way whilst also providing the level of customer service expected of a world class system.  

Location: Oxford Circus Station: delegates to find their own way

2. London River Services

Tower Pier is situated in a World Heritage site with stunning views of the River. The Pier is next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and opposite City Hall. Tower Pier is the busiest on our network as it is a mid-route Pier next to major tourist attraction. Tower Pier is a floating structure and the offices are inside the structure of the pier so you feel every movement of the pier when boats come alongside and passengers are walking on the decks.

Location: London River Services Office, Tower Millennium Pier: delegates to find their own way

3. Elephant and Castle Station

Looking at station operations, how we function from a customer service perspective as well as a people perspective, including work life balance, working shifts and the knock on effects that has to attendance issues and diet.   

Location: Elephant and Castle Station: delegates to find their own way

4. Skanska construction site visit

Visit to a construction site at 19 Denmark Street, led by the Operational Lead of Occupational Health & Wellbeing.

Location: near Tottenham Court Road tube station: delegates to find their own way

5. Premier House: Queen’s Park Train Crew Accommodation Centre

Meeting the north end of the Bakerloo line’s Train Crew Operating Centre, where train operators are based from, duty managers leading and supporting them and where they take their breaks from operating.

Location: directly outside Queen’s Park tube station: delegates to find their own way

6. London Underground Emergency Response Unit

ERU provides emergency response for London Underground, responding to minor incidents through the spectrum to significant events such as 7/7 bombings. It will be a very interactive visit: presentation/discussion, film footage, looking at the response vehicle and equipment carried, handling equipment including a challenge at the end. This visit will provide an overview of the ERU, incidents attended and how the ERU manages the physical and mental welfare of the team.

Location: near Acton Town tube station: delegates to find their own way

7. Service Control Victoria Line

The visit will give an insight into how trains are regulated and run safely and on time on the Victoria line. Also it will give an understanding of how disruptions and incidents are dealt with as well as how we keep staff and customers updated with real time info.

Location: near Seven Sisters tube station: delegates to find their own way

8. TfL Lost Property Office Tour

Full tour including storage areas, explaining the processes and systems of operation of the Lost Property Office. Participants will receive handouts of useful information. Q & A session during the tour. This is an interesting and unique environment.

Location: at Baker Street Station: delegates to find their own way


9) Public Health England, Colindale

Colindale is home to the national centre for infectious disease surveillance. There are around 1,200 staff, a third of who work in a range of laboratory environments. This includes work on the most dangerous pathogens. The visit will allow delegates to understand the challenges around keeping staff safe and the procedures in place to manage accidental exposure to infectious disease hazards. The visit will also allow delegates to understand the important function of PHE in providing expert advice and guidance. This is all the way from an individual patent up to helping shape national and international policy. There will be an optional visit to an animal science unit. Shoe covers will be issued, so it is recommended that flat shoes are worn. The visit will include laboratory areas. Delegates must follow security and safety instructions.

Location: near Colindale tube station: delegates to find their own way

10) Parliamentary Archives (note: this visit is not CPD accredited)

The tour will last approximately an hour and include a visit to the Well area of the Victoria Tower of the Palace of Westminster, an opportunity to see one of the Strong Rooms and view some original documents from the collections. It will be hosted by a member of staff from the Archives, with a member of our Collection Care team to be on hand to assist. Delegates selecting this category will be sent a link to book directly into the venue’s booking system.

Location: nearest tube station is Westminster: delegates to find their own way

11) British Airways: To fly, to Serve: the Cabin Crew Safety and Aeromedical Training Facility

Customers are at the heart of British Airways. The company’s commitment to them is integral to the promise: To Fly. To Serve. The crew are trained in delivering the highest levels of safety and service and this visit to the British Airways training facility will give an insight into the regulatory, safety and Aviation medical requirements faced by the cabin crew in the air. The visit will include opportunities to see the regulatory and service standards training in the dedicated aircraft mock ups, emergency evacuation drills and how aviation medicine is taught and assessed at BA.

Location: Hatton Cross, London: delegates to find their own way and a map will be provided

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 2098, 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.  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

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