Who We Are

Carol Sanders

Director of Education and Research

Carol joined iOH as a student board member in 2015 and currently enjoys the position of Director of Research & Education. She contributes to OH Today’s Research Roundup.

She has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and academia (University of Birmingham and Open University) and has held various professional roles (e.g. she completed two terms of office with the UKs nursing professional regulator (NMC) as a conduct and competency panellist NMC Fitness to Practise panel member and was a quality assurance reviewer of NMC nurse education programs). Academically she worked as a lecturer at University of Birmingham and Open University. Professionally, she provided training on various health behaviour change topics (smoking cessation, obesity, resilience and mindfulness for the workplace). Currently she proudly works in a NHS OH service.

She is privileged to contribute to the report in partnership with B&CE on silicosis and its impact on workers in the construction industry. This report was submitted to The All Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health in the Houses of Parliament in March 2020.Her PhD studies at University of Birmingham uses mixed methods to investigate adherence to smoking cessation medicines and is theoretically underpinned by the disciplines of health psychology, medical sociology and health behaviour change.

She qualified recently as a mindfulness teacher. “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” Sylvia Boorstein

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is disrupting nearly every aspect of everyday life and placing unprecedented demands on our society. A rapid increase in stress and mental health problems is being documented as the pandemic progresses. COVID-19 is a tremendous challenge for occupational health. Workers in many occupations are facing high risks of becoming infected. To try and help OH professionals during this pandemic she has published two coronavirus resources (i) Coronavirus 1 March 2020 and recently in July 2020 (2) Coronaviruses 2 available via iOH website.

National, regional or global economic recessions seem to be inevitable. We know from previous economic crises, that there were marked effects on people’s health, both on those who lost their jobs and those remaining at work. Thus, efforts on containment, suppression and mitigation are not only needed with regard to the virus but also with regard to possible adverse societal and economic consequences.

COVID-19 will have both a short-term and long-lasting impact on societies, healthcare systems, workplaces and individuals alike. Carol believes that occupational health professionals must contribute with our knowledge and insights to provide appropriate occupational health for all workers affected directly and indirectly by this pandemic. The long-lasting societal effects of this pandemic are impossible to estimate yet.