About this event

  • Date and time Wed 22 May 2019 from 8:30am to 4:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine, The Society of Occupational Medicine

With the demographic trending towards an older workforce, this meeting will consider the implications of the increased prevalence of health conditions that might impact on work, including co-morbidities, and the potential increased risks to health from working to an older age.   

This issue has national policy implications, and Tabitha Jay, Director, of the DWP/DHSC Work and Health Unit will give a UK Government perspective. Speakers include Patrick Thomson, of the Centre for Better Ageing, and Dr Karla Greenberg, an expert on mental health in older age.  Practical considerations include driving, which will be set out by Dr Jeannette Lynch of DVLA.  

This will be the fifth year that the SOM and RSM will combine efforts to provide maximum value, and as in previous years the SOM annual Apothecaries Lecture will be delivered by keynote speaker, Baroness Greengross, for this one day educational meeting

Other eminent speakers include Professor Ewan Macdonald of Glasgow University, and Professor Hans Martin Hasselhorn of the University of Wuppertal, both international experts in the field of work and ageing. 

Topics include:

  • The current policy position towards older people at work 
  • The implications for management by occupational health practitioners 
  • Medical knowledge of older people with regard to frailty, cognitive function and co-morbidities

Key speakers

Baroness Greengross

Baroness Sally Greengross

Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.

Speaker's biography

Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-chairs five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Intergenerational Futures, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. 

Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.

Baroness Greengross will be taking The Apothecaries Lecture.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Air Commodore David McLoughlin OBE, President, The Society of Occupational Medicine

Introduction to morning session: Policy initiatives

Air Commodore David McLoughlin

Current policy issues towards older people at work

Tabitha Jay, Director, Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care

Ageing better at work

Patrick Thomson, Centre for Better Ageing

Psychiatry and the older worker

Dr Karla Greenberg

Tea and coffee break
Introduction to the Apothecaries Lecturer

Air Commodore David McLoughlin

Apothecaries Lecture 2019: The future of older people at work

Baroness Greengross, International Longevity Centre

Presentation of Apothecaries medal

Master of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

Panel discussion
Introduction to afternoon session
Keynote: Evidence based assessment of the older workers from an occupational health and medico-legal perspective

Professor Ewan Macdonald, University of Glasgow

The older vocational driver

Dr Jeannette Lynch, Doctor, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Tea and coffee break
Keynote: The role of health in the transition from work to retirement

Professor Hans Martin Hasselhorn, University of Wuppertal, Occupational Health Science

Panel discussion
Final remarks and close of meeting

Dr Robin Cordell



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

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