About this event

  • Date and time Wed 12 May 2021 from 9:00am to 4:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine, Society of Occupational Medicine

Join us to consider the emerging issues for health and work as we transition from the constraints in 2020 and early-2021 due to COVID-19, and what this means for occupational health practice for the coming months and years.

This is a full-day webinar organised jointly with the Society of Occupational Medicine. If you are a SOM member, please get in touch with SOM to receive your free place.

This meeting brings together a multidisciplinary approach to reflect on our experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on health and work. We will also consider the implications for health and work in the coming months and years.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges for workplace health in 2021 and beyond
  • Consider the legacy of COVID-19 as this continues to impact on health, with an emphasis on mental health and respiratory health
  • Identify some of the impacts on health relating to home working, including musculoskeletal health
  • Appreciate the contribution of vaccination to health and work in the coming months and years
  • Learn about the implications for travel in the context of work due to the ongoing threat from COVID-19 and other biological hazards

A CPD certificate with 6 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

The Apothecaries Lecturer for 2021 is:

Professor Dame Carol Black

The other distinguished speakers are:

  • Professor Azeem Majeed
  • Dr Dipti Patel
  • Professor Ewan Macdonald
  • Professor Karen Walker-Bone
  • Professor Neil Greenberg
  • Professor Paul Cullinan


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Robin Cordell, Consultant Occupational Physician, Cordell Health Ltd

Beyond COVID – challenges for workplace health in 2021 and beyond

Professor Ewan MacdonaldHead of the Healthy Working Lives Group, University of Glasgow 

COVID related mental health

Professor Neil GreenbergProfessor of Defence Mental Health, King's College London

Panel discussion

Chair: Mr Nick Pahl, Chief Executive, Society of Occupational Medicine

Comfort break
Introduction to the Apothecaries lecture

Professor Anne Harriss, President, Society of Occupational Medicine and Warden of the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries

Apothecaries lecture: The emerging world of Work. Whither OH?

Professor Dame Carol Black 

Presentation of the Apothecaries medal

Professor Michael Farthing

Respiratory health beyond COVID-19

Professor Paul Cullinan, Department of Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, Imperial College (NHLI) and Royal Brompton Hospital

Musculoskeletal health beyond COVID-19

Professor Karen Walker-Bone, Professor in Occupational Rheumatology and Director, Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

Panel discussion

Dr Robin Cordell

Comfort break
Vaccination in 2021 and beyond

Professor Azeem Majeed, Professor of Primary Care and Public Health, Head of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London

Travel and work in 2021 and beyond

Dr Dipti PatelDirector, National Travel Health Network and Centre, London

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Lisa Curran, President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Closing remarks



Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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