Collaborating to create healthier workplaces
Earlier this week, UK EAPA was pleased to welcome Nick Pahl, CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) as the guest speaker at the June 2018 Branch Meeting. SOM is the UK organisation for all doctors and health professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. During his presentation, Nick highlighted the work of SOM and some key issues facing the occupational health sector, sparking an insightful discussion around the areas where UK EAPA and SOM might collaborate to further educate practitioners, purchasers and the Government on the value and respective roles of EAPs and OH in contributing to healthier workplaces. Attendees also explored the ways in which the two organisations can better interface with one another to improve overall effectiveness for the sector.
During the meeting, there was also discussion of a possible joint approach to the Government’s Work and Health Unit which has been jointly sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health. Other issues raised included the need for further research to improve the evidence base, how EAPs and occupational health can work more preventatively and tax incentives for employers.
“I would like to thank Nick for joining us and engaging our members and their occupational health colleagues in a really interesting discussion around how we can work better together. We will be meeting again to work through some ideas for collaborative projects and will report back in due course,” said Neil Mountford, chair of UK EAPA.
The slides from Nick Pahl’s presentation will be made available via the EAPA website.