Bob Lowey

BSC Health Studies
Occupational Health Advisor- Clinical Lead

Transport Occupational Health

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.

I oversee a team of Occupational Health Clinicians with liaison to Occupational Health Physicians, Management and administrative staff within the Transport Division of an international Health Management company with established clinics throughout the UK.  Challenges are variable that involve close interaction with clinical staff and clients who attend their medical consultations and workplace functional assessments that they can continue work within a safety critical environment.

However, due to the rapidly changing socio - economic world situation dictated by Covid-19, a great deal of work requiring innovative procedures from a home working perspective, have to be implemented to ensure these type of employees continue in their workplace. This has brought about a complete change in the way Occupational Health operate and a new learning curve for all associated in this speciality.

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?

Some politicians have likened today's current climate as a "war" against an invisible and fatal enemy. And so it should be. To coin a phrase, health professionals are "here to serve and protect", but so are the people who provide you with your food in the shops and supermarkets, the people at the petrol stations, the people who deliver your needs from Amazon and the like. The fire service, ambulance and police services are all here to serve and protect but you also need to serve and protect those around you. Your families, friends and acquaintances by adhering what the Government Advisory bodies recommend in this difficult time. You need to learn to adopt and adjust to the situation while enjoying this time of change for yourself through learning something completely new to you such as a language, researching your ancestry, studying history, astronomy......the list is endless! But overall, stay safe!

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