About this event

  • Date and time Wed 28 Nov 2018 from 8:30am to 4:25pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

This is a joint meeting run between the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).

This meeting has been put together due to the demand from RSM and FOM members and others, who give advice on health and work. This also includes a discussion on the interface between legal issues and professional ethics in the changing context for our practice.

The meeting will consider updated guidance published by the GMC in 2017 on confidentiality and consent, including that relevant to employment, and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, and the Data Protection Act 2018. The updated guidance by the FOM on ethics in occupational health practice will be launched at this meeting.

The morning will begin with Dr Steve Boorman, Chair of the FOM Ethics Committee, discussing common ethical issues relevant to health and work, as identified by the FOM Ethics Committee, and colleagues in health and work practice.

Professor Diana Kloss, a former Employment Tribunal Chair and expert in employment law and data protection, will further delegates understanding by setting out the legal basis for the use of data in occupational health practice.

Speakers will then turn to areas of specific legal and ethical challenges. The final speaker, Mr Mark Landon, an expert in employment law and in particular in the context of disabilities, and a member of the FOM Ethics Committee, will round off the academic input through discussion of legal, ethical and commercial considerations.

With experts across these fields speaking, there will be the opportunity to engage in discussion periods at the end of each of the morning and the afternoon sessions.

Topics include:

  • The legal basis for consent, data processing and retention of information under GDPR
  • Examples of best practice in keeping with legal and ethical requirements in work and health
  • Enabling confident engagement with employers, employees and others on key legal and ethical issues relevant to current practice in work and health
  • Enabling confident engagement when giving advice on recruitment and retention of those with long term health conditions and disabilities

Key speakers

Professor Diana Kloss

A former Employment Tribunal Chair and expert in employment law and data protection

Dr Steve Boorman

Chair of the FOM Ethics Committee

Mr Mark Landon

An expert in employment law and a member of the FOM Ethics Committee

Agenda

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and administrative brief

Dr Ian Aston, Consultant Occupational Physician, Former Academic Dean, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Dr Robin Cordell, President Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

New edition of ethics guidance launched for occupational health practice

Dr Anne de Bono, President of Faculty of Occupational Medicine London

Morning session: Legal and ethical issues relevant to current practice in work and health

Chair: Dr Ian Aston, Consultant Occupational Physician and former Academic Dean, FOM

Introduction to the meeting

Dr Ian Aston

Common ethical issues in work and health and Faculty of Occupational Medicine on ethics occupational health

Dr Steve Boorman CBE, Chair of the FOM Ethics Committee, Director of Employee Health, Empactis

Legal basis for the use of data in occupational health practice, and the legal basis for consent

Professor Diana Kloss MBE, Barrister, Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Ethics Committee

Tea and coffee break
Health surveillance, confidentiality and occupational health records

Dr Steve Forman, Principal Medical Adviser, Health and Safety Executive

Confidentiality and fitness to practice of healthcare staff; consent, coercion and conversations "on the quiet"

Dr Ali Hashtroudi, Clinical Director of Occupational Health Services, Head of National School, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion - so what do we consider are the key legal and ethical issues relevant to current practice in work and health?

All morning speakers. Chair: Dr Ian Aston

Lunch

Afternoon session: The law, ethics and record keeping in work and health practice

Introduction

Dr Robin Cordell

Occupational health records - retention, transfer and access requests

Mrs Susan Carty, Occupational Health Specialist, Cohort Software Limited

Ethics and occupational health research

Dr Ira Madan, Consultant Occupational Physician

Tea and coffee break
Legal, ethical and commercial aspects of employing those with disabilities

Mark Landon, Partner, Weightmans LLP, Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Ethics Committee

Panel discussion - what else can we do to ensure practice in work and health is both legal and ethical, and compliant with data protection requirements

All afternoon speakers. Chair: Dr Robin Cordell

Concluding remarks

Dr Robin Cordell

Close of meeting

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom