Main Conference Programme Day 1

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20th June 2024

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

Professor Sir Michael McBride, CMO Northern Ireland

Chair- Professor Ken Addley OBE

9.25 SOM/FOM Eponymous Lecture: Thackrah Lecture:

Occupational Health: Back to Basics

Dr Will Ponsonby, Consultant Occupational Physician, past President of the Society of Occupational Medicine

Chair- Dr Lanre Ogunyemi

10.10 Peter Taylor Award Winner Trainee Presentation and Award

Dr Louise Hancock, Consultant Occupational Physician

Chair- Professor Ira Madan

10.40 – 11.10 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
11.10 – 11.40 Plenary Lecture 1: Improving Lung Health at work.  Future challenges and potential solutions

Professor David Fishwick, CMA HSE & HSENI

Chair- Dr Sarah Porter

11.40 – 12.40 Parallel 1

Clinical Update 1:

Titanic Suite

Chair- Dr Richard Black

Update on Silicosis – Dr Paul McKeagney, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Belfast City Hospital

An update on epilepsy and its mimics - Dr Michael Kinney Consultant Neurologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Update on diabetic medication and implications for workDr Hamish Courtney, Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast


Parallel 2

Interactive Workshop: ‘Trends in Occupational disease in UK and Ireland: an update from THOR’

The Bridge

Chair- Professor Martie Van Tongeren

Trends of asbestos-related disease in SWORD, Miss Rheanna Pereira, University of Manchester

An update on sentinel cases from the UK and Ireland, Sam Goodall, University of Manchester

Trends in occupational causes of dermatitis Professor Martie van Tongeren, University of Manchester

Irritant asthma and work: cases from the UK SWORD reporting scheme from 1999 to 2018 Professor David Fishwick, CMA HSE & HSENI

Parallel 3

Basic Life Support - including CPR. Limited numbers, pre-booking required

Britannic Suite

Chair- Dr Martin Tohill

Led by Belfast Trust








 12.40 – 13.45 Lunch, Exhibition and Posters Meet the Expert Lunch Academic Forum
13.45 – 14.30 Titanic Suite

Eponymous lecture: Donald Hunter Lecture:

From Livingstone to Attenborough –  navigating the evolving risks of Work Travel

Dr Dipti Patel OBE, Chief Medical Officer, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Director, National Travel Health   

Network and Centre

Chair- Professor Steve Nimmo

14.30 – 15.00 Plenary Lecture 2: The Toxicological Assessment of an Employee after a Hazardous Exposure

Dr Martin Hogan, Consultant Occupational Physician, ICOH Vice President and Past Dean at Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Ireland

Chair- Professor Ken Addley OBE

15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments, Exhibition and Posters
15.30 – 16.30




Parallel 4

Confidence and Competence; key skills in OH nursing

Titanic Suite

Chair- Dr Fiona McGill

Christina Butterworth, Chair, FOHN

16.00-16.30 Oral Presentations relevant to OH nurse or MDT colleagues





Parallel 5

Oral Presentations Session 1

The Bridge

Chair – Dr Finola Ryan

(delegate presentations)







Parallel 6

Challenges of a new or emerging leader in OH

Britannic Suite

Chair- Professor Ken Addley OBE

Dr Abeyna Bubbers-Jones, Serial Entrepreneur, Doctors’ Careers Expert, Occupational Physician, Podcast Host

Effective Transformative Leadership

Dr Zoe Healey, Strategist - Healthcare, Health & Wellness

Leadership in the health service

Dr Lourda Geoghan, Deputy CMO NI

16.30 – 17.00 Titanic Suite

Plenary Lecture 3: Behind the White Coat: Common Cardiac Pathologies in Physicians

Professor Monica Monaghan, Consultant Cardiologist, South West Acute Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust

Chair Dr Martin Tohill

17.15 – 18.15 Titanic Suite


19.30 Gala Dinner and Dance - see Social Programme