Conference Programme

Wednesday 16th March 2016
11.45-12.45

Lunch

12.45-13.00

Welcome

13.00-13.50

Integrating Biopsychosocial Concepts into OH Practice

Medicine is based on a biomedical approach, but the limitations of this are increasingly recognised.Psychological factors and the overall social context are also important. This conference aims to explore these in detail, and this session will provide an overview of the concepts.
Charlie Vivian, Medical Director, Icarus Health

13.50-14.40

Looking at the big picture

The characteristics of the healthy workplace explored – the limitations of the biomedical model, the importance of yellow flags and changes in society that may be contributing to the problems.
Prof. Debbie Cohen, Director of Student Support and Reader at Cardiff University University of Cardiff

14.40-15.00

Coffee

15.00-15.50

The biopsychosocial model of health and the good society

How recent social epidemiology research is transforming understanding of the causation and distribution of human illness, impairment, and mortality. The importance of work and the role of occupational medicine in helping people realize flourishing lives and a good society.
Sridhar Venkatapuram, Lecturer in Global health and philosophy, Director of the MSc in Global Health and Social Justice King’s College London

15.50-16.40

CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Destroying the myths of a purely biomedical approach.
Prof. Candy McCabe, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research. UWE and the RNHRD

16.45-18.00

Special Interest Sessions

19.30-23.00

NETWORKING DINNER

Thursday 17th March 2016
09.00-09.50

Cardiac Rhythm Management

Update on developments, treatments and patient management.
Dominic Kelly, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

09.50-10.40

Bullying

Recognition, strategies and effective management techniques for the workplace.
Lesley Cooper, Health Management Consultant, WorkingWell Limited

10.40-11.00

COFFEE

11.00-11.50

Dermatology in the Workplace

An update on treatment, management, infection risks, best working and reporting practice.
Mark Wilkinson, Consultant Dermatologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

11.50-12.20

AGM

12.20-13.00

LUNCH

13.00-13.50

Work <—> Health: managing common health problems in the workplace

An overview of the health-work interface, with a focus on common health problems in the workplace, and looking at the potential for prevention v the potential for management, along with an introduction to a draft toolbox for managing episodes of work-relevant symptoms.
Prof. Kim Burton OBE, Occupational Health Consultant, University of Huddersfield

13.50-14.40

Migraine

Update on treatments, management in the workplace and reasonable workplace adjustments.
Andrew Dowson, Founding Director of the Headache Service, King’s College Hospital

14.40-15.30

Ethics of Sickness Absence

Many psychosocial difficulties are labelled as medical problems. In effect, this means that “I can’t cope” becomes “I am ill.” The ethical dilemma that this produces is explored.
Jacques Tamin, Independent

15.30-15.50

COFFEE

15.50-17.00

Illness Behaviour

What is meant by illness behaviour, how we assess it and what it means for ‘objective’ capacity assessments.
Michael O’Donnell, Medical Director, Health Management Ltd, Honorary Visiting Professor in Occupational Health, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Salford University.

17.00-18.00

Mental Health

Psychiatric classification and ‘diagnostic inflation’, risks of medicalising all distress, dilemmas about the purpose of diagnosis, selective review of aspects of the biopsychosocial model.
Prof. Tom Sensky, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College London

19.30-23.00

CONFERENCE Dinner

Friday 18th March 2016
09.00-10.00

Pain (Pre-recorded & streamed Q/A)

Psychosocial presentations. Psychosomatic medicine as a scientific basis for the BPS model.
Nick Penney, The National Centre for Research in Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Queensland

10.00-11.30

Legal Update

The biopsychosocial definition of disability and the Equality Act. European case law. The difficulty of distinguishing between a genuine mental impairment and one manufactured for the purpose. Perceived protected characteristics.
Prof. Diana Kloss, Barrister, Chair, Council for Work and Health

11.30-11.45

COFFEE

11.45-13.00

Report Writing

Obstacles to work are biological, psychological and social. The flags system provides a neat way of ensuring all issues have been considered.
Charlie Vivian, Medical Director, Icarus Health

13.00

CONFERENCE CLOSE

Programme subject to alteration

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