This programme is subject to change without notice. 


Wednesday 14th June 2023

18.30 - 20:30 Welcome Reception with Registration at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle-Stephenson Quarter Hotel

Main Conference programme Day 1

Thursday 15th June 2023

Main Hall and Parallel 1


Parallel 2


Parallel 3


8.00 – 9.00 Registration, Coffee and Poster Installation
9.00 Welcome from the SOM President and FOM President
9.10 Welcome Address

Iain Garfield, Head of Estate Planning and Development, Newcastle University

9.25 Eponymous Lecture: The 2023 Jameson Parkinson Lecture: ‘The French Have a Word for It’

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College, London

10.10 Peter Taylor Award Winners

Dr Natalie Green, Managing Director, Cordell Health
First Do No Harm: Do Happy, Healthy Staff Deliver Safer Patient Care? 

Dr Matt Yates, Consultant Occupational Physician
Anchored or adrift? A study into the reliability of Occupational Medicine decisions made in the Royal Navy

11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
11.30 – 12.05 Plenary Lecture

Implementing the Discharge of Patients to OH
Owe Österbacka, Senior Expert, Occupational Health, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Helsinki, Finland

12.05 – 12.50 Parallel 1

Ill Health retirement/pensions vignettes

Dr Simon Sheard, Medical Director, Health Partners Group

Parallel 2

Oral Poster Presentations
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Parallel 3  

FOHN Session:  The expanding role of OH nurses in multi-disciplinary teams

Ms Christina Butterworth, Chair, Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing

 12.50 – 14.00 Lunch and Exhibition Academic Forum
Chair: Ewan Macdonald

To include a presentation on “How to get it published”

"Writing a paper for publication in Occupational Medicine" Dr Paul Grime, Consultant Occupational Physician and Deputy Editor of Occupational Medicine

14.00 – 14.45

Additional Resources for Training

Dr Ian Aston, Occupational Physician

Rheumatology - Disease Modifying Drugs Update

Dr Lesley Kay, Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

14.45 – 15.20 Clinical Update 1: Bariatric Surgery

Mr Kamal Mahawar, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon & Upper GI Lead, Visiting Professor University of Sunderland, Chair, National Bariatric Surgery Registry

Predictors of Long COVID

Dr Brendan Dempsey, Research Fellow, NIHR ARC North Thames, University College London

Evolving Occupational Health: the future of interdisciplinary training and multidisciplinary OHWB workforce: a facilitated workshop

Theme 1 : Interdisciplinary training

-          Dr Ali Hashtroudi (Head, National School of OH)

-          Janet O’Neill (Deputy Head, National School of OH)

15.20 – 15.50 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
15.50 – 16.25




BBVs and BASHH Guidelines

Dr Sally Coomber, Lead Consultant OHP – NHS, Optima Health

Oral Presentations
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Evolving Occupational Health: the future of interdisciplinary training and multidisciplinary OHWB workforce: a facilitated workshop

Theme 2: Growing AHP workforce

-          Vaughan Parsons (Research Manager, London Centre for Work and Health)

-          Katherine Roberts (Physiotherapist, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in OH and Ergonomics) 

16.25 – 17.00 Plenary Lecture

SHAW Project: supporting healthy ageing at work

Dr David Lain, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, Newcastle University Business School

-          Jo Vallom Smith (Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy for Occupational Health)

-          Julie Denning (Psychologist, Vocational Rehabilitation Association)


17.15 – 18.15 SOM AGM
19.30 Gala Dinner and Ceilidh (dress code: Black Tie optional)
at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle-Stephenson Quarter Hotel