The Council has 37 member bodies representing organisations with just under a million members interested in work and health. This represents a huge resource of knowledge and expertise.
Acas is Britain’s workplace expert. We have experience working with all types and sizes of organisation: private and public; SMEs and large corporations across all sectors. All of our support is bespoke to business need, sector and area.
- We help organisations to improve performance by advising on good practice in everyday working life – through online and telephone advice; practical tools, clear guidance, and expert training.
- When workplace problems do arise, we help to resolve disputes and manage conflict between parties and help employers and employees to re-build effective long lasting relationships and embed good practice.
- We use the insight gathered from speaking to millions of people and employers every year to inform and influence employment policy and debate. This knowledge is fed back into our guidance and dispute resolution services.
Drawing from over forty years of experience working with employers and employees, Acas have developed a framework for positive mental health at work, setting out the roles of the employer, line manager and individual. The framework has been designed to create and support a thriving, healthy and productive workplace.
To complement the framework, we have developed a mental health training suite of four modules. These are effective both as standalone sessions, or collectively as a comprehensive training programme.
Acas can help people, line managers and employers understand the signs of mental ill health, the triggers and ways to address them; we can help you change the workplace culture and promote positive mental health across the workforce; we can give you the tools to identify what adjustments would have the most impact for your people and how to implement them; and we can help educate your workforce about promoting positive mental health and supporting themselves and others.
Who are we
iOH, the Association Occupational Health and Wellbeing Professionals (iOH) is a Network of Occupational Health Professionals. Registered members of iOH are health professionals who have a post-registration qualification in the fields of occupational health, occupational therapy, safety, hygiene or ergonomics.
What we do
We are a diverse group of health professionals, informing and supporting employers to improve the working environment and health and wellbeing of workers so that they can do their jobs efficiently and effectively. We improve work ability through individual assessment signposting and support, ergonomic assessment and recommendations, health surveillance for workplace hazards and health monitoring for conditions known to affect or be affected by work.
A review of academic studies shows that the return on investment for some workplace health initiatives can range from £2 for every £1 spent (1:2) to £34 for every £1 spent (1:34). (Healthy Work – Evidence into Action 2010 page 46 Figure 9.)
iOH members work with all employers and Private Practice offering a range of services depending on the sector size. They improve the health, safety, comfort and performance of the working population by preventing and reducing occupational disease and accidents. The advice arising from Occupational Health activities enables employers to address sickness absence and presenteeism by considering reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, to enable those with long term conditions and disabilities to work productively.
By tackling problems early on the likelihood of them becoming long lasting is reduced. This improves the health and well-being of the working population and result in costs savings for companies.
For further information please go to: http://www.ioh.life
Who are we
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) is a Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Registered members of ACPOHE are physiotherapists who have demonstrated specialist competency in the fields of occupational health or ergonomics.
What we do
We are Physio’s for Work and Health and aim to improve the health and wellbeing of workers so that they can do their jobs efficiently and effectively. We improve work design through ergonomics, to make work tasks comfortable and safe. An ACPOHE Occupational Physiotherapist typically can produce a return on investment for an organisation of £3 for every £1 spent.
ACPOHE members work in diverse settings, including Manufacturing, NHS, Service Industries, Offices, Retail, Healthcare, Ergonomics Consultancies, Public Sector and Private Practice. They improve the safety, comfort and performance of the working population to reduce accidents and sickness absence, improve productivity and performance. There are significant benefits to both employers and employees.
By tackling problems early on the likelihood of them becoming long lasting is reduced. This improves the health and well-being of the working population and result in costs savings for companies.
For further information please go to: http://www.acpohe.org.uk/
The British Psychological Society is a registered charity which acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and application of the discipline.
What we do:
We support and enhance the development and application of psychology for the greater public good, setting high standards for research, education, and knowledge, and disseminating our knowledge to increase the wider public awareness of psychology and its importance.
We always strive to:
– be the learned society and professional body for the discipline
– make psychology accessible to all
– promote and advance the discipline
– be the authoritative and public voice of psychology
– determine and ensure the highest standards in all we do
For further information please go to: https://www.bps.org.uk
BACP is the largest professional body for the counselling professions in the UK, with approximately 45,000 practitioner members. The organisation promotes and provides education and training for counsellors and psychotherapists working in either professional or voluntary settings, whether full or part time, with a view to raising the standards of the counselling professions for the benefit of the community and in particular for those who are the recipients of counselling or psychotherapy. It also aims to inform and educate the public about the contribution that the counselling professions can make generally and particularly in meeting the needs of those whose participation and development in society is impaired by physical or psychological health needs or disability.
BACP Workplace is a division of BACP that promotes the role of counselling in supporting good mental health at work. Our members are therapists working with employees, employers and employee assistance programmes (EAPs) as well as organisations interested in all aspects of our emotional and psychological health at work. We support practitioners to develop the skills to work in a range of roles; as a therapist, coach, psycho-educator, trainer, critical incident planner/de-briefer and in providing trauma support. The world of work is fast changing and practitioners need to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to the demands that both employees and employers are facing.”
For further information please go to: https://www.bacp.co.uk
BOHS is the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection – one of the largest occupational hygiene societies in Europe and the only professional society representing qualified occupational hygienists in the UK. BOHS provides internationally recognised qualifications, scientific conferences and membership services, and has over 1700 members in 50 countries.
For further information please go to: www.bohs.org
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Who we are
We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent.
In the spirit of being a responsible business, our members are signed up to:
- Being the best they can be in delivering social, environmental and economic sustainability across all areas of their business
- Join with other businesses to bring together their collective strength and be a force for good
What we do
We set a course for responsible business.
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential Network.
Through participation in Business in the Community’s groundbreaking campaigns and programmes, businesses can collaborate and help to bring about lasting change on a wider scale which benefits both business and society.
For further information please go to: https://www.bitc.org.uk
The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors is a professional membership body that promotes learning, advances education and aims to ensure competence in professional practice for ergonomists and human factors specialists living and working anywhere in the world, up to and including Chartered professional – the only body able to do this.
We support 60 Registered Consultancies who supply professional services, run conferences, national and regional events, webinars and offer regular meetings for networking.
Our members contribute content to the journals “Ergonomics” and “Applied Ergonomics”. We publish our member magazine “The Ergonomist”, our Annual Conference Proceedings and White Papers and other key publications on ergonomics and human factors.
For further information visit www.ergonomics.org.uk
The Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA) is a membership association for Occupational Health and Wellbeing Providers.
Since its formation in 2004, COHPA has become a prominent figure within the Occupational Health sector. COHPA membership signifies a commitment to advancing the industry and with COHPA’s Business Standards Regulations, conveys your organisation’s pledge to offer an efficient, customer led service.
At COHPA we aim:
- To promote Occupational Health and Wellbeing to Government, key national bodies and UK businesses in all sectors
- To be an information body for employers seeking to access effective OH
- To run campaigns tackling issues that affect the industry; working together to advance the industry for all providers
- To be a forum for providers to progress occupational health and wellbeing
“The voice of the commercial occupational health and wellbeing providers – influencing policy development, sharing knowledge and best practice, and promoting the benefits of occupational health and wellbeing services to employees, employers and the health of the UK.”
For further information please go to: http://cohpa.co.uk
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to identify & maximise their ability to move & function. Functional movement is a key part of what it means to be healthy and includes the potential to engage safely with work.
Many Physiotherapy services offer self-referral and early intervention which supports people to remain in work, or to return to work earlier after illness or injury. Physiotherapists working in occupational health provide rehabilitation of employees with a wide range of health conditions, with a view to restoring individuals’ fitness and capability to meet the demands of their job. They deliver services to individuals, groups and organisations on matters relating to occupational health and well-being. Work-based assessments and advice are related to an individuals’ particular work activity and include advice regarding adjustments as well as work-hardening activities.
The CSP has recently been given clearance from the Joint Work and Health Unit enabling physiotherapists to assess for, and issue AHP Advisory Fitness for Work reports for the purposes of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This tool is available for physiotherapists on the CSP website. The completed AHP Fitness Report is given by a physiotherapist to a patient to discuss with their employer. It comprises tailored recommendations and advice to support decisions to help the employee remain in work or return to work following injury, illness or other intervention.
Practising physiotherapists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) may become members. Healthcare support workers may join as associates.
Conferences and study days
The CSP holds an annual scientific conference and a range of regional CPD events; mainly for physiotherapists and allied health professionals.
Quality Standards and Regulation
Chartered physiotherapists are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council.
The CSP expects its members to comply with its Code of Professional Values and Behaviour (2012), which sets out the CSP’s expectations of its members and the Quality Assurance Standards for the Provision of Physiotherapy Services (2012).
The CSP supports high quality research through rigorous review and assessment of contributions to its scientific journal, ‘Physiotherapy’.
For further information please go to: http://www.csp.org.uk
The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has more than 150,000 members across the world, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.
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Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, Wales, and every English region.
Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of Make Uk. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.
From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.
For further information please go to: https://www.makeuk.org
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) is a charity committed to improving health at work. It is the professional and educational body for occupational medicine in the UK and seeks to ensure the highest standards in the practice of occupational medicine.
FOM is dedicated to driving improvement in the health of the working age population through outstanding occupational health capability by developing and supporting the good practice of occupational medicine. It seeks to provide public benefit through the protection of people at work by ensuring the highest professional standards of competence, quality and ethical integrity.
FOM believes everyone of working age has the right to benefit from healthy and rewarding work while not putting themselves or others at unreasonable risk. Workers have the right to access competent occupational medical advice as part of comprehensive occupational health and safety services, ensuring that they can access the rewards of good employment and avoid preventable injury and illness caused or aggravated by work.
For further information please go to: http://www.fom.ac.uk
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- Empower individuals to perform to a professional standard through gaining relevant further knowledge and understanding, building their skills and acting in accordance with the IEP’s stated values.
- Champion employability as a recognised profession through representation of our people’s social and economic contribution and achievements to policy makers and influencers.
- Secure employers’ recognition that their employability objectives are best achieved through a commitment to the development, through selection and training, of a highly skilled professional delivery team.
- Create a network of opportunity enabling this vision to be achieved.
IIRSM is the independent, educational charity providing practical support to everyone involved in managing risks to benefit people, society, governments and business. We are a collaborative and accessible professional body, led by our members.
We have a community of 8000+ globally, representing all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, internal audit, quality management, security, project management and more.
Visit us www.iirsm.org
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace.
Our role: Supporting safety and health professionals
IOSH acts as a champion, supporter, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. We give the safety and health profession a consistent, independent, authoritative voice at the highest levels.
Our single-minded focus is to support our members whose job is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of working people. We share their passion and determination to cut the number of people who die or fall ill because of their work, by helping organisations to create safer, healthier and more sustainable working practices.
What we do: Support, research, advice, training
We support our members in a variety of practical and effective ways. We offer online forums, networking events, conferences, exhibitions and helplines to share information, advice, legal guidance and best practice.
We work with governments, advise policy-makers, commission research and set standards. We run high-profile campaigns to promote awareness of the issues that affect safety, health and wellbeing at work – from the causes of cancer to the hazards of dust, from safeguarding mental health to achieving a healthy work-life balance.
Our highly regarded training courses provide essential information, tools and skills for our members and their colleagues, suppliers and customers. Our membership grades are linked to internationally recognised qualifications, with Chartered Membership of IOSH acknowledged worldwide as the hallmark of professional excellence in workplace safety and health.
Why we do it: Safer, healthier workplaces
We empower our members to ensure that their organisations prioritise the safety, health and wellbeing of their workforce. That’s good for people, but it’s also good for business – strengthening business reputations, resilience and even results.
Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day
Macmillan is here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
It’s health and social care professionals who make this possible. So, we offer tools, opportunities and information to help them give the best treatment and support possible.
We can also complement their vital work, providing physical, emotional and financial support to their patients, friends, carers and families.
Working together, we can be right there for people, no matter what cancer throws their way.
To find out more, visit macmillan.org.uk/patientsupport
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For further information please go to: https://www.medigold-health.com
NHS Health at Work is the network of NHS occupational health teams. It is an unincorporated association launched in the Spring of 2011 and counts the majority of NHS OH departments in England as members. The Network is established specifically to represent NHS OH departments/services rather than individual professional groups. It is governed by a Network Board, with elected representatives from members in each of the 10 regions in England.
The Network represents the views of NHS OH at a strategic level and has developed working relationships with key organisations such as NHS England, Public Health England, SEQOHS, NHS Employers, FOM, SOM, the Council for Work and Health, the National School of OH and the Faculty of OH Nursing, with Board member representation on several committees and working groups.
In addition, its members enjoy a range of benefits to support them in providing an exemplary service to NHS staff and to help make these services available commercially to SMEs.
For further information please go to: https://www.nhshealthatwork.co.uk
We help employers make sense of current and emerging healthcare issues by regularly collecting and analysing the views of employers and using our expertise to support you in managing the transition during the health reforms. We keep employers up to date with the latest workforce thinking and expert opinion, provide practical advice and information, and generate opportunities to network and share knowledge and best practice.
We work with employers in the health service in England to reflect their views and act on their behalf in four priority areas:
- pay and negotiations
- recruitment and planning the workforce
- healthy and productive workplaces
- employment policy and practice.
Strong partnership working underpins our business. Our partnerships with government, trade unions and other stakeholders mean we can promote employers’ interests at the highest levels, addressing current workforce issues in a timely and responsive way and helping to shape the future.
The Department of Health sets the broad framework within which we operate, but it is employers themselves who drive our agenda.
NHS Employers is a not-for-profit organisation which is part of the NHS Confederation. The NHS Confederation is a charitable company whose charitable aims are ‘the relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of public health’. The charity is governed by a board of trustees who oversee the strategic direction and governance of the organisation.
For further information please go to: http://www.nhsemployers.org
The National School of Occupational Health (NSOH) was established in August 2014 by Health Education England (HEE) as part of a long-term plan to assure excellence in occupational health training. The purpose of the School is to promote the highest standards of quality training and to quality manage the provision of clinical training for a multidisciplinary occupational health workforce in England and Wales.
The vision of NSOH is to have a 21st century occupational health workforce that has the capability and capacity to optimise the workability of the working age population.
NSOH has 4 strategic pillars to support the vision which are:
- Workforce planning to support OH to have the right skills for their organisation
- A national, single approach to education of OH professionals
- A quality framework to ensure good standards
- Build a community of learning to ensure quality and consistency in the training journey
For further information please go to: https://www.lpmde.ac.uk/training-programme/specialty-schools/occupational-medicine
Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
PHE is responsible for:
- making the public healthier and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and the public
- protecting the nation from public health hazards
- preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
- improving the health of the whole population by sharing our information and expertise, and identifying and preparing for future public health challenges
- supporting local authorities and the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce
- researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems
We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.
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The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) is the professional body for occupational therapists and represents over 32,000 occupational therapists, support workers and students from across the United Kingdom. Occupational therapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and work with people of all ages with a wide range of employment needs resulting from physical, mental, social or developmental challenges.
Supporting people to remain in, return to, or obtain work is a key function of occupational therapy. Occupational therapists are trained to assess the person, the demands of the job and the working environment to identify best fit solutions to problems that prevent work. Interventions can range from those needing minimal to more intensive specialist support such as occupational health, vocational rehabilitation and supported employment.
Occupational therapists work in the NHS, private and commercial sectors.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has several strategic work strands that it delivers with its Specialist Section for Work. It is a high priority for the organisation to promote and develop the occupational therapy offer so that timely, accurate employment advice can be accessed by as many people as possible. This includes working in partnership with the Joint Work and Health Unit and others to develop a consensus statement promoting work as a health outcome; contributing to the development and review of the Allied Health Professionals Fit for Work Report; delivering the Health and Work Champions project with Public Health England.
For further information please go to: https://www.rcot.co.uk
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists (SLTs), SLT students and support workers working in the UK. The RCSLT has over 17,000 members. We promote excellence in practice and influence health, education, employment, social care and justice policies.
Speech and language therapists assess and treat speech, language and communication or eating, drinking and swallowing problems in people of all ages. SLTs enable people to develop or retain vital communication and /or eating, drinking and swallowing skills allowing them to live a more independent life and enjoy a better quality of life. SLTs help people to communicate, eat and drink safely, protect people’s voices for whom speaking in public is a big part of their daily lives, train the wider workforce and develop guidance and advice.
For further information please go to: https://www.rcslt.org
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is a Professional body and trade union. Under the Royal Charter for the RCN the remit of the college is to; promote excellence in practice, influence and shape health policy and advocate for excellence in working conditions. The RCN are the “go-to” place for nursing professional services, knowledge, policy and products which are underpinned by a clear vision for nursing. We achieve the right nursing numbers, with the right skills, in the right settings, to improve quality, experience and outcomes for the population.
The RCN has a current membership of around 435,000 registered nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, health care assistants and nurse cadets. It is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. RCN members work in a variety of hospital and community settings in the NHS and the independent sector. The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues by working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.
The strategic aims of the college are to;
- To promote the science and art of nursing and education and training in the profession of nursing;
- To promote the advance of nursing as a profession in all or any of its branches;
- To promote the professional standing and interests of Members;
- To assist Members who by reason of adversity, ill-health or otherwise are in need of assistance of any nature.
For further information please go to: https://www.rcn.org.uk
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has for the last 100 years campaigned to reduce the toll of accidents towards Lives, free from serious accidental injury
Our mission: Exchanging life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries. Within an OHS Policy content and underpinning our work with and through the working age population globally we believe that:
- Accidents and cases of occupational ill-health don’t have to happen.
- Safe and healthy work underpins success.
- Freedom from harm is an important goal for Society.
- We all have a responsibility to adopt a balanced approach to health, safety and risk.
- A whole-person, whole-life approach to health, safety and wellbeing is fundamental to business success.
These beliefs also provide the basis for our work with and through our RoSPA Award winners, 2000+ in 24 countries connecting us to the lives of 7 million employees and their families. Through this network we seek to improve occupational health and safety globally through the commitment and expertise of the RoSPA Awards community, for lives free from serious accidental injury.
Seeking to unlock the potential of the RoSPA Awards global community for the exchange of life-enhancing knowledge and skills
For further information please go to: https://www.rospa.com/about/vision-mission/
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is the largest and oldest nationally recognised professional organisation of individuals with an interest in health and work. SOM membership is for anyone working in and around occupational health. SOM membership demonstrates a commitment to improving health at work, enhancing our members’ reputation and employability. Join online at www.som.org.uk
Members are part of a multidisciplinary community – including doctors, technicians, nurses, health specialists and other professionals – with access to the information, expertise and learning needed to keep at the forefront of their role. Our members benefit from career development opportunities alongside practical, day-to-day support and guidance, through local and national networks that are open to all. SOM membership demonstrates a commitment to improving health at work, enhancing our members’ reputation and employability. Through its collective voice, SOM advances knowledge, raises standards and increases awareness to influence the future of occupational health.
For further information please go to: https://www.som.org.uk
The TUC is the voice of Britain at work, bringing together more than 5.5 million workers who belong to the 49 member unions. It exists to improve working life and promote equality for everyone.
For further information please go to: https://www.tuc.org.uk
The UK EAPA was established in 1998 and represents the interests of professionals concerned with employee assistance, psychological health and wellbeing in the UK.
The UK EAPA mission is to promote the highest standards of practice and the continuing development of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and services in the UK. The Association publishes Standards for the delivery of EAP services and has also produced a range of other documents and guides to assist with the commissioning or delivery of EAPs, as well as to discuss issues relating to EAPs and wellbeing in the workplace. EAPA also commissions research designed to highlight the role of EAPs in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, and the benefits of EAPs for both purchasers and service users.
The UK EAPA Board comprises EA professionals working in a variety of roles within the industry, and is the governing and policy making body of the Association.
For further information please go to: https://www.eapa.org.uk
The UK Rehabilitation Council is a community of rehabilitation associations, rehabilitation providers, clients and other stakeholder groups. Our common goal is to ensure access to high quality medical and vocational rehabilitation services in the UK.
Acting as an umbrella organisation for this broad community, the Council was established to provide a united voice on issues of importance to us. The Council seeks to coordinate the efforts of its members, in order that our combined efforts have the greatest possible impact.
We began our work in 2008 with financial support from the Department of Work and Pensions and from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.
The Association exists to:
- help people working in the field of disability and employment;
- to promote and develop their personal, professional and practical skills; and also
- to maintain their awareness of a broad range of rehabilitation issues.
The Association is committed to:
- fulfilling aims that will ensure the recognition of the skills and knowledge of practitioners;
- setting and furthering standards for future practitioners; and also
- providing a competence framework for users of vocational rehabilitation services.
For further information please go to: https://vrassociation.com