The Chamber’s brand new ‘How 2’ series of online workshops will connect you with experts from a range of member companies who will share their insights, top tips and practical suggestions of value-adding actions you can incorporate into your business right now.

As all parts of the economy begins to reopen, employers whose staff have been furloughed or working from home need to think about the logistics of bringing them back to work safely from a practical, legal and mental health perspective.

With input from NHS Grampian, Stronachs LLP and Mental Health Aberdeen, this session will provide an overview of what employers need to think about in the weeks and months ahead. The second half of the event will be opened up to the audience.


This is an informal, fully interactive workshop for members, by members, so come prepared with questions!
 
Our speakers


Dr Derek Cox
Consultant in public health, NHS Grampian
 
Derek has had a varied medical career, starting with cardiology research with Glasgow University followed by a six-year episode as senior medical officer in the Falkland Islands. On returning home he worked as a GP in Shetland before transferring to public health. He retired from his position as director of public health for Dumfries and Galloway but followed this with part time lecturing at Glasgow University.

Since September 2019 he has been employed as an NHS Grampian consultant in public health extending his employment to help with the board's response to CV19 and leading contact tracing for Grampian.

In this session, he will discuss encouraging a workplace environment where staff feel supported to be able to isolate, the importance of both asymptomatic and symptomatic testing to protect colleagues, reducing the risk of spread of CV19 in the workplace; and how to help your workforce understand the importance of getting the vaccine and support them to attend appointments.

 
David Chalmers
partner and head of employment, Stronachs LLP


David is a partner in the employment team and has more than 25 years’ experience of providing advice on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, acting for a diverse client base ranging from multi nationals to small local businesses. As restrictions ease, many businesses are reopening and those operating remotely may begin to return to the workplace in greater numbers.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act and Scottish Government guidance remain at the fore when planning the return of employees and contractors to the workplace, with consideration being given to the evolving roadmap, and ongoing/changing restrictions in light of the reduced level of transmission of the virus. In this workshop he will look at guidance from HSE; other initiatives taken by employers including workplace testing and tracking; the backdrop of the ongoing vaccination programme; risk assessment, mitigation and duties under Health & Safety at Work Act (employees and contractors); and flexible working.


Astrid Whyte
Counselling Services Manager, Mental Health Aberdeen


Astrid trained as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with PCT Britain in the early 90s and has been working at MHA as counselling manager, latterly chief executive for over 30 years. 

Agenda
10.00 - Welcome from chair
10.00 - Presentations
10.30 - Open forum Q&A
11.00 - Close


Location
Online via Zoom

Aberdeen
Availability Places available
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