Occupational Health Conference

Mental Health from all angles

This conference explores mental health, from assessment through to diagnosis and into treatments, old and new. Guidance and advice on how employers can detect mental health issues early, intervene and prevent are also covered as well as a review of the legal aspects such as Employment Tribunals and examples of case studies.

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13 September

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Location: Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 0BN

Time: 09.15 - 16.00

Why attend?
  • Gain fresh insight from leading industry experts
  • Receive five CPD points approved by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine
Who should attend?

This conference will appeal to all Occupational Health clinicians as well as human resources colleagues to gain an up to date overview of this spiralling problem from a collection of experts in their field.


The cost of the conference is £175 + VAT

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9.15 - 9.45
9.45 - 10.35
Mental disorders, standard and new treatments
Dr Meetu Singh Sonsati, Consultant Psychiatrist & Managing Director at The Oaktree Clinic

• Treatments for depression, anxiety disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder, and eating disorders and ADHD
• The standard clinical / NICE guidelines, plus new treatments backed by sound research evidence that are now on offer

10.35 - 11.25
Mental illness and professional staff
Alfred White, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

• The type of illnesses presented to an occupational health physician and how is a diagnosis made
• Examples of psychiatric disorders from clinical practice
• Can we do harm and can we be sued
• The workplace and its effects on mental health/illness

11.25 - 11.45
Tea and coffee break
11.45 - 12.35
Addressing demons in the workplace
David Nuttall, Chief People Officer at BHSF Group

• The stigma of mental health in the workplace that remains, despite the publicity and campaigns
• David's personal experience of mental health and the impacts on his work/home life
• How he is using his personal experience to help others
• The importance of identifying the signs as early as possible

12.35 - 13.15
13.15 - 14.05
Tackling mental health illness in the workplace: early intervention approach
Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer at BHSF Occupational Health

• Why employers should act early
• What is the presenteesism policy
• The best way to intervene and notice the early signs of mental health
• Does the early intervention approach work: case examples

14.05 - 14.55
Mental health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace
Caroline Sidell, Managing Director at Corporate Wellbeing

• How to recognise, value and improve mental health in the workforce
• How to promote a healthy culture and a mentally resilient workforce
• Top tips to implement successful mental health initiatives
• Practical steps organisations can take to improve mental health

14.55 - 15.10
Tea and coffee break
15.10 - 16.00
Mental health and the law
Jayne Holliday, Senior Legal Adviser at EEF

• How do Employment Tribunals expect employers to handle mental health related absence and dismissals
• When is mental health impairment classed as a disability
• What are appropriate reasonable adjustments in mental health cases
• Key legal decisions

Meetu Sonsati

Dr Meetu Singh Sonsati
Consultant Psychiatrist & Managing Director, The Oaktree Clinic

Alfred White

Alfred White
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

David Nuttall

David Nuttall
Chief People Officer, BHSF Group Ltd

Dr Philip McCrea

Dr Philip McCrea
Chief Medical Officer, BHSF Occupational Health Ltd

Caroline Sidell

Caroline Sidell
Managing Director, Corporate Wellbeing

Jayne Holliday

Jayne Holliday
Senior Legal Adviser, EEF

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