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Remote, flexible and precarious working: Exploring occupational health policies and practices

09 October 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 2 October

The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) are working together to raise awareness of mental health within the work environment.

This is the third year that we are addressing specific mental health concerns.

Our inaugural seminar in 2017 considered the challenges and solutions around mental health at work.

The 2018 seminar focused specifically on ‘caring for the carers’, more specifically how health and social care professionals can best be supported to ensure a healthy and satisfying career.

This year’s seminar focuses on those individuals who are working remotely, flexibly and precariously; those organisations that employ them; and assessing how they can be supported more effectively. A particular focus is on the gig economy, lone workers, and those who work within micro businesses.

The event’s diverse speakers will provide context to the occupational health concerns of these groups of workers. While it is accepted that work is good for individuals, it is even more important to ensure that workers have the resources they need to function more effectively within the workplace, regardless of how they work, where they work and the type of work they do. 

We hope that this seminar adds to the knowledge base of understanding what contributes to the overall well-being of this group of workers and provide the context in which they can be supported more fully.

Mansion House
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10:00 Registration
10:30 Opening address by The Lord High Mayor
10:45 Chair’s welcome, introduction & housekeeping
Dr. Joanne Crawford, IOM
Remote, flexible and precarious working: An introduction
Mr. Alan Bradshaw
11:30 Break - tea and networking 
12:00 Remote working and technology - health implications and solutions 
Professor Gail Kinman
12:30 Occupational Health perspectives for remote, flexible and precarious working 
Mr. Chris Pugh, Duradiamond
13:00 Lunch and networking
13:45 Chair
Dr. Joanne Crawford, IOM
13:50 Discussion with Q and A 
Dr. Roxane Gervais
14:15 Legal issues relating to remote, flexible and precarious working
Professor Diana Kloss, MBE
14:45 Managing health and safety across the distributive workforce
Dr. Rachel Lewis, Affinity health at work 
15:15 Break
15:30 How can Trade Unions support remote, flexible and precarious 

Mr. Bud Hudspith, Unite the Union
16:00 Summing up and next steps 
Mr. Nick Pahl, CEO SOM, Ms. Emilia Quist and Dr. Roxane Gervais, BPS

Alan Bradshaw, Business Psychologist

Director of Alt-OH and Business Psychologist, Alan Bradshaw, runs a workplace mental health consultancy focusing on prevention of mental ill health and the management of associated risks (health, business and legal risks). As a consultant, Alan supports clients in making a difference to employee mental health at work, focusing on four key areas of stress management best practice: awareness, prevention, monitoring and responding. His business, Work-Life Solutions, provides consultancy, management training and development services to organisations. Alan works with organisations such as the HSE, BAE Systems and EasyJet, developing mental health programmes and providing tools to manage stress risks at work. He also provides strategic mental health advice to boards as a non-executive director.

Professor Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Director of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

Gail is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. Gail has published widely in the field of occupational health psychology, with a particular focus on the wellbeing of people who work in emotionally demanding professions. She has a particular interest in helping organisations and individuals develop ‘e-resilience’ – how to engage with technology in a healthy and sustainable way. Gail has published widely in these areas.
For the past 10 years, Gail has been working with organisations to develop a systemic approach to enhancing emotional resilience in health and social care staff. Recent work focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to enhance the personal resources that underpin resilience and wellbeing at an individual, team and organisational level. Her work has been used to inform a national ‘emotional curriculum’ for health and social care students and experienced staff. Gail also researches the working conditions and mental health of healthcare professionals and has recently co-authored a report on mental health in doctors published by the Louise Tebboth Foundation and the Society for Occupational Medicine.

Joanne Crawford, Ph.D, MSc (Eng), BSc (Hons), FIEHF, C.Erg.HF

Dr Crawford leads Ergonomics and Human Factors section at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and in her past career has been a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Ergonomics at the University of Birmingham and Programme Director for the MSc in Occupational Health. Dr Crawford completed her Ph.D. at the Robens Centre for Occupational Health at the University of Surrey. She has been involved in research and consultancy in a number of different areas including mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, lone working, ageing and work, knowledge management in OSH and return to work after cancer. Her research has involved working with different occupational groups as well as different disciplines including occupational medicine, occupational safety and health, public health and social policy. Dr Crawford has also published over 60 publications including peer-reviewed literature, public project reports and guidance documents.

Professor Diana Kloss, MBE

Professor Diana Kloss MBE is the leading authority on occupational health law in the UK. She is a member of St John’s Buildings barristers chambers in Manchester and was for 17 years a fee paid employment tribunal judge. Diana has three academic appointments, at Manchester University, London South Bank University and Cardiff University. She is the author of Occupational Health Law (Wiley Blackwell) of which she is currently writing the sixth edition and a regular column in Occupational Health at Work. She is asked to lecture throughout the UK and has recently given presentations in Munich, The Hague, Trinidad and Bahrain. 
Diana was for seven years Chair of the Council for Work and Health and is now the honorary President of the Council. She is an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and an honorary life member of the Society of Occupational Medicine. She was appointed MBE for services to occupational health.

Dr. Rachel Lewis

Dr. Rachel Lewis is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, who works both as an academic (in the role of Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology at Kingston Business School) and as a practitioner (co-director of Affinity Health at Work, a niche occupational health psychology research consultancy). Rachel and colleague’s research and work aims to humanise the workplace by improving levels of employee health, well-being and engagement, and enhancing people management and leadership skills. She has worked extensively in the field of resilience, most recently in an ongoing project focused at enhancing resilience in Prison Officers. Rachel is passionate about promoting evidence based practice and does this by taking a rigorous approach that builds and gathers both academic research and practitioner expertise. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning, and Rachel holds both the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year awards. She has contributed to the development of guidance materials used within organisations and provided by bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ACAS and the Health and Safety Executive, written articles for both peer reviewed academic and trade publications, and co-authored and edited three books, one (written with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Joanna Yarker) based on their research on ‘Management Competencies for Preventing and Reducing Stress at Work’, which was awarded ‘Practitioner book of the Year’ by the British Psychological Society.

Bud Hudspith, Health and Safety Adviser, Unite

Unite is the largest union in the UK, with about 1.4 million members in the private and public sectors. It is the product of a merger between Amicus and TGWU, and now includes the building workers union, UCATT. Bud Hudspith has been dealing with trade union health and safety issues for nearly 40 years. He represents Unite at various levels and provides information, advice and guidance to Unite Officials and Safety Representatives. This involves visiting workplaces and representing members in discussions with employers, as well as sitting on various committees.
Within Unite, industrial sectors covered include Energy and Utilities; Graphical, Paper and Media and IT; Metals; Chemicals (including Rubber and plastics); Aerospace and Shipbuilding; General Engineering, Manufacturing and Servicing (including semiconductors); Vehicle Building and Automotive; Motor Components; Finance and Legal; Services; Quarries; MOD and Higher Education. He represents Unite on various European health and safety matters including offshore safety; silica dust; and printing and paper machine safety; leads for Unite on REACH, Corporate Manslaughter and Directors Health and Safety Duties; and has a particular interest in alternatives to behavioural safety and in all aspects of health and safety in relation to Respirable Crystalline Silica. 

Mr. Nick Pahl, Panel Chair

Nick is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), which supports members with an interest in occupational health in their career and professional development. Members receive its journal, Occupational Medicine, e news, appraisal services, free webinars, discounted events and a leading conference. SOM is also a national leader advocating for a multi-disciplinary approach to occupational health. SOM’s Patrons are Lord Blunkett and Norman Lamb, MP.

Nick was previously CEO of the British Acupuncture Council, and held senior posts in the NHS, a national hospice charity and Marie Stopes International. He has completed a Windsor Leadership Trust and ACEVO next generation CEO training, has a diploma in management, a degree in Economics and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Dr. Roxane L. Gervais

Dr. Roxane L. Gervais is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist who provides solutions to work-related concerns. Her expertise focuses on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues to promote safe and healthy work practices. In this context she provides for example, training and facilitates workshops on work-related stress, well-being, work engagement, behaviour change, and supporting diversity; she conducts stress audits within organisations; and assesses the effectiveness of communication techniques. She works across European and has led projects on women at work, ageing workers, incorporating OSH into Management, and OSH and Economic Performance. Roxane presents at international conferences on work-related stress, mental health, well-being at work, diversity issues, and work-life balance. While working in the health care industry she was a major contributor to an extensive organisational change program, and assisted in formulating policies to drive the change.

Emelia Quist, Senior Policy Advisor, Employment and Pensions, Federation of Small Businesses

Emelia is a Senior Policy Advisor covering Employment, Pensions and Immigration at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The author of FSB’s 2019 report, Small Business, Big Heart which highlighted the contributions small firms make in their communities. The report also covered topics such as, work and health, labour market disadvantaged groups and Good Work. The report made a series of recommendations to Government on disability and mental health, managing sickness absence and occupational health. Before joining FSB, Emelia worked in legal services at LexisNexis and for a financial services organisation, Copal Partners, a Moody’s Group Company. Emelia is also a trustee of Mary’s, a charity for young people based in Islington. Emelia holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Cambridge.

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