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Featured Events Peace fellowship, federal ministries bishop join forces to pray for peace Vigil for peace is model for working together despite some differences The Rev. William D. Razz Waff, DMin, BCC says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Advocacy Peace & Justice Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA February 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm As a small, but perhaps significant correction, the Consecration Mass for Bishop-Elect Wright begins at 11:00 am EST, not Noon. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI February 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm Duly noted and corrected! 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Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Prayer Vigil of Peace and Reconciliation begins with a Feb. 10 noon Eucharist in Washington National Cathedral’s War Memorial Chapel. The chapel is centered on a sculpture, by British artist Steven Sykes, of the suffering Christ above the altar. It features a dramatically oversized head of Christ crowned with a halo of brass shapes simulating cannon shells and irregular rays of cast aluminum suggesting rays of glory. Photo: Episcopal Peace Fellowship via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] As President Donald Trump and others in his administration rattle their Twitter swords and the world wonders about the possibility of new conflicts, Episcopalians are preparing to spend 24 hours for peace.The Prayer Vigil of Peace and Reconciliation, which begins with a Feb. 10 noon Eucharist in Washington National Cathedral’s War Memorial Chapel, is a joint effort of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Episcopal Church’s Office of Federal Ministries.The vigil will progress for the 24 hours between the Eucharist, at which Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach and preside, and the beginning of the ordination and consecration of the Ven. Carl Wright as the Episcopal Church’s next bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries.That service for Wright will take place at National Cathedral on Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. EST. It will be live streamed by the cathedral. The House of Bishops elected Wright on Sept. 20 to succeed Bishop Suffragan James “Jay” Magness, who has served since June 2010.“The vigil has started taking on an important role in the consecration,” Magness told Episcopal News Service recently.The first of the soon-to-be four vigils took place in 1990 when Bishop Suffragan-elect Charles Keyser asked EPF to join him in sponsoring a vigil of prayer for peace for 24 hours before his consecration. At the time, the United States was 10 months away from the start of the first Gulf War.The new vigil tradition continued for the ordination and consecration of Keyser’s successor. Bishop Suffragan George Packard took up his ministry in February 2000 during a time of relative calm around the world but with al-Qaida stirring in the Middle East and 18 months before the 9/11 attacks in the United States. When Magness succeeded Packard -– and held a peace vigil with EPF – the Iraq war was raging and U.S. troops were fighting in Afghanistan.The partnership behind the vigil and the presence of EPF at the ordination and consecration, according to three participants, has evolved over decades. “In the early days, there was an adversarial relationship” between EPF and the office of the bishop suffragan, the Rev. Allison Liles, EPS executive director, told ENS. However, for this upcoming vigil, Liles worked with Wright to plan the liturgy.EPF members previously protested during the ordination and consecration services at the point when the presider asks if anyone objects. Those EPF members then often walked out of the service. Keyser’s was the last during which they voiced objections, but EPF representatives have attended subsequent services and will be present on Feb. 11.The relationship has grown into one dedicated to working for peace and acknowledging the price chaplains often pay for doing their work – agreeing to disagree at certain points and always praying for each other. Many Episcopal chaplains who report to the bishop are EPF members, according to Magness, who is also a longtime member. Liles said EPF worked with both Magness and his predecessor Packard, to advocate at General Convention for passage of such resolutions as one on conscientious objection to military service and an end to the Iraq War.“We are really proud of our relationship with the office now,” Liles said, adding that an outpouring of people have pledged to pray during the vigil. “We’re praying for peace, not protesting anymore.”Students at Virginia Theological Seminary created this T-shirt about 15 years ago and the Rev. Allison Liles, Episcopal Peace Fellowship executive director, says its sentiment is still a core value of the fellowship. She often reassures older EPF members who no longer can march in the streets that prayer is vital to political change. Photo: Episcopal Peace FellowshipMagness agreed. “It has been important for me to always be reminded of the fact that there are people in EPF who are praying constantly for peace; that we will find peaceable solutions to life’s greatest problems and the world’s greatest problems as opposed to military solutions,” Magness said. “And I and most of the chaplains couldn’t agree more. That last thing that we want is a cessation of peace and the commencement of armed hostilities. That doesn’t solve any of the world’s problems.”Longtime EPF member and former EPF staffer Mary H. Miller told ENS that EPF is “modeling a different way of being.” That way of being is rooted in the shared understanding that the foundation of all of their work is peace.“Where we have our commonality is our baptismal vows and our commitment to Christ and one another,” Magness said, adding that each person might approach an issue from a different direction, in part because of their individual life experiences.Magness, a naval veteran who saw combat and has been a chaplain to people who have been “at the sharp end of the spear,” said he has seen how the violence of war traumatizes everyone involved. “I still remember the moment I realized what I was doing and what it was doing to my soul,” he said of his time in Vietnam.Still, there are inherent tensions. The bishop suffragan oversees Episcopal chaplains in the federal departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the federal Bureau of Prisons. The bishop, who reports to the presiding bishop, gives the federally required endorsement of people to be military chaplains. More at the bishop’s duties is here.The Rev. Carl Wright will become the Episcopal Church’s next bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries during an ordination and consecration service at National Cathedral on Feb. 11, at noon EST.The bishops suffragan have always been men with military experience. Wright served as deputy command chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Commissioned an Air Force chaplain in August 1993, he is an associate member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross. He was rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Maryland, when he was elected. More biographical information about Wright is here.Miller, who attends St. James Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square in Baltimore, Maryland, and who was on the EPF staff from 1989 to 2000, still opposes the office’s existence, especially with its relationship to the U.S. government and especially during wartime. “You have only one commander-in-chief and that one is God,” is what Miller said she will remind Wright. But Wright, once a fellow parishioner at St. James, knows that, she added.Miller said there ought to be what she called a “de-militarized chaplaincy and a de-militarized bishop to shepherd those chaplains so that those pastors are not forced into trying to serve two masters.”Magness said his office and EPF, which was founded as the Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship, also face the fundamental question of whether Christians ought to serve in the military when by implication they might have to kill someone. The question of what Jesus would have us do when encountering hostile people who mean to harm or kill us is ever-present. “I for one am glad that people who will continue to press for us to ask that question,” he said, adding that the church needs people who insist that the church and the world consider options to armed conflict and violence.One result of asking that question was Magness and EPF members working together during the 2015 meeting of General Convention to pass Resolution A048 calling for a new study of Just War principles. Convention said the church ought to explore the “practical, military, and theological difficulties in applying Just War principles to the current problems of combating global and domestic terrorism, of responding to undeclared warfare, of responding to stateless combatants, of using evolving capabilities for cyberwarfare and robotics and of the use of social media in support of warfare and/or terrorism.”Liles, Magness and Miller agreed that the effort of the bishop suffragan’s office and EPF at healing a contentious relationship and finding ways to work together could be a model that the world needs.“People have to learn how to listen to one another, to hear what the other is saying, and simultaneously need to be engaged in prayer for one another, which brings us full circle to what will happen at the War Memorial Chapel,” Magness said. “We are there together praying for one another. In so doing we are praying for our country, we are praying for our leaders, we are praying for our church that we will find ways to effectively engage, not only in the prophetic telling of truth but also to put down our tendencies to be the one that holds the truth and be able to listen to the other. God may be speaking God’s truth through the other if we will but listen to the other. That is a lost art today: not just letting the other speak but actually listening to what the other is saying.”Join the vigil wherever you areEpiscopalians across the church can participate in the vigil by signing up for 30-minute vigil watch slots in Washington or from afar. EPF wants to have people in the War Memorial Chapel from 1 to 10 p.m. EST on Feb. 10 and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. EST on Feb. 11. The group also welcomes its chapters and its Peace Partner Parishes to host their own vigils from afar.EPF is also creating a vigil book of prayers and litanies for people to use while keeping watch. Contributors can submit prayers for the book by Feb. 3 to Liles at [email protected] The book will be available in the chapel and posted on the EPF website for people to use elsewhere.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
Tagged with: Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 21 total views, 1 views today Oxfam’s Shelflife app lets purchasers find out more about a product’s history. They can scan a QR code and find out more about previous owners or other information.The app is being used in 10 of Oxfam’s shops in Manchesters, and follows a previous successful trial last year.http://shelflife.oxfam.org.uk/how_it_works/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 February 2012 | News Oxfam Shelflife 22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement
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Kirschbaum acquitted as frame-up collapsesSteve Kirschbaum, outside Dorchester, Mass., courthouse, where he was acquitted of all charges on March 5.WW photo: Liz GreenDorchester, Mass. — The campaign to rehire and win justice for four Boston school-bus drivers, illegally fired by the notorious union-busting Veolia Corp., got a big shot in the arm on March 5. After only only ten minutes of deliberation, a jury voted unanimously to acquit union leader Steve Kirschbaum of all charges brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.In October of 2013, the notorious union-busting company Veolia, hired by the city to operate school transportation, fired four of the union leaders — Grievance Chair Kirschbaum, Recording Secretary Andre Francois, Steward Garry Murchison and Vice President Steve Gillis — after locking out the workers and falsely claiming that the union had conducted a “wildcat strike.”The frame-up charges were brought after a June 30, 2014, rally of hundreds of school bus drivers was held to demand the rehiring of the four. The action ended with an indoor rally in the drivers’ break room. Veolia managers provided false statements to the Commonwealth to make it look like they had been attacked by Kirschbaum and that the premises had been violently entered.The charges, while totally made up, were serious. They initially included three felonies: breaking and entering to commit a felony; malicious destruction of property; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and trespassing.The courtroom victory was the result of an eight-month people’s mobilization that included six pack-the-court rallies; national call-in days to both the district attorney and the mayor; and weekly bus yard rallies organized by the local. People’s lawyers Barry Wilson and John Pavlos skillfully and passionately tore the frame-up apart and successfully turned the tables on Veolia and the political establishment, putting the union busters on trial.School bus drivers and community supporters of the union packed the court for three days, transforming the inside of the courthouse into a de facto union hall. During lunch breaks, the drivers held militant picket lines outside the building with placards saying “Drop the Charges” and “No Contract, No Work”!Dorchester District Courthouse truly became the gathering place for the political movement, as Brock Satter, with the Mass Mobilization Against Police Violence; Sandra Macintosh, of the Coalition for Equal Quality Education; Chuck Turner, former city councilmember; Herculano Fecteau, with the Boston Teachers Union; Tony Van Der Meer, of the Africana Studies Department at UMass; and Moonanum James, co-leader of the United American Indians of New England all showed up to support the union.City Councilmember Charles Yancey gave updates to the overflow crowd outside the courtroom, and for two of the three trial days, I-93 protester Tsung attended. Tsung was part of a demonstration in January that blockaded the interstate highway, and was one of the activists arrested in solidarity with “Black Lives Matter.”The verdict was not just a victory for this political, social union — which fights for its members and also marches with the Black Lives Matter movement; resolutely defends lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights; and stands with Palestine — but a victory for the movement as well.Union busters pushed backWhat happened in court was a defeat for the union busters, a setback for Boston’s 1% and a blow to the city’s entrenched racist forces, who want to resegregate public education.From the moment the four bogus charges were filed against Kirschbaum in July 2014, it was clear that they were part of the union-busting campaign being waged against the local – a campaign exemplified by the November 2013 firing of Kirschbaum and the three other union leaders.The evidence was so obviously manufactured that in October the judge dismissed the first two charges. On March 5, a working class jury of six—including two union members — took almost no time to put the remaining two charges to rest with a “not-guilty” verdict.In fact, it was Veolia and its co-conspirators in the city administration who were put on trial. Witness testimony and Kirschbaum’s legal team showed that the events in question and the illegal firings that prompted the June 30 rally had everything to do with the fact that the contract was expiring that day at midnight — and that, in violation of the contract, Veolia had attempted to prevent the union from holding a meeting.The not-guilty verdict — which has so thoroughly discredited the version of events put forward by Veolia managers — can only help the campaign to rehire the four. Those in the Boston establishment who were holding their breath over this trial and hoping to see one of the union’s leaders convicted are now facing a renewed, re-energized, fighting, militant union that is not afraid to take things to the next level.Those who know this local also know that its members intend to fight, not only to rehire the four, but also to deepen the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggle against racism; to stop the school closings announced by Mayor Walsh; to defend public school transportation by keeping middle school students off the subway and on school buses; and to defend the righteous I-93 protesters and their First Amendment rights.UNION!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Home Indiana Agriculture News TPP Stances Causing Angst Among Asian Partners SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 25, 2016 TPP Stances Causing Angst Among Asian Partners tpp-and-asian-relationshipsThe Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal’s troubles in Congress are threatening more than trade. The road blocks are also having an impact on President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia which is also in trouble as the Philippines pivot to China, China expands its influence in the region and Japan questions Washington’s commitment to the TPP trade deal.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says if elected, she will still be against TPP, and her GOP opponent Donald Trump is also against TPP.American Farm Bureau trade advisor Dave Salmonsen says that does not bode well for key U.S. relationships in Asia.“I think the immediate consequence of if there isn’t any action this fall is that you’ll see the ratification process in some of these countries stop, or at least slow down,” he explained. “They’re looking for the US to lead. They want to do this at the same time the US does.”Japan’s Prime Minister has been expending political capital to get his legislature on board with TPP, and faces a likely backlash if the U.S. fails to follow through.The political, economic and strategic significance of TPP is not lost on other allies either, according to Salmonsen.“I know a lot of the countries, especially through their ambassadors here in Washington have been very active in pointing out the the economic benefits and the strategic needs of the region and why they want the TPP to go forward, why they want continued U.S. leadership.”The Washington Post concluded in a Monday editorial, citing the Philippine realignment: “the pivot to Asia is looking rather unsteady, and it is worth fighting for.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleEstate Tax Proposed Changes Would Lose Court BattlesNext articleIndiana Senator Gets First-Hand Look at How Farmers Protect the Environment Andy Eubank
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post The Fight to Eliminate Blight Continues in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Blight Ohio TARP Troubled Asset Relief Program Vacant and Abandoned Properties Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago While a fast track foreclosure bill aimed at eliminating blight awaits a vote in the Ohio State Senate, the U.S. Senate in Ohio has taken action.U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has announced that following his urging, Ohio will receive $97.6 million in federal funding and is eligible to receive another quarter of a billion in order to prevent the spread of blight and help rebuild communities that were devastated by the foreclosure crisis.The new federal funding is part of the additional $2 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funding announced by the U.S. Department of Treasury on February 19 for the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF). It is also part of a $2 billion investment Brown secured in December in order to bolster the HHF as part of the year-end government funding bill, according to an announcement from Brown.“This new funding will go a long way toward helping Ohio communities and homeowners that are still recovering from the devastation of the foreclosure crisis,” said Brown, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. “When one home is foreclosed on or abandoned, it has a ripple effect that hurts the value of other homes in the neighborhood. Getting rid of abandoned properties helps to strengthen neighborhoods and reduce crime. I will continue fighting to ensure that Ohio gets its fair share of resources through the Hardest Hit Fund.”“Getting rid of abandoned properties helps to strengthen neighborhoods and reduce crime.”U.S. Senator Sherrod BrownOhio will be awarded a direct infusion of $97.6 million from the HHF to put toward foreclosure mitigation and blight demolition. In addition, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) is eligible to apply for another $250 billion through the HHF. Since 2010, largely through Brown’s efforts, the HHF has awarded more than $570 million to Ohio, which has helped nearly 25,000 homeowners in the state. OHFA has until March 11, 2016 to apply for the additional funding. Along with the additional TARP funding announced by Treasury last month, Treasury also announced that it is extending the drawdown date for the funding from 2017 to 2020.The subject of eliminating blight by reducing the amount of time that properties stay vacant was called an “issue of national concern” by Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado due to the potential of vacant properties to attract squatters, vandalism, and violent crime. Last month, Delgado met with HUD Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the issue. In November 2015, Delgado delivered opening remarks and moderated two panels—one on transforming blighted communities—at the National Property Preservation Conference (NPPC) in Washington, D.C. In his opening remarks at the NPPC, Delgado called for national solutions for what the vacant and abandoned properties issue and praised Ohio State Bill H.B. 134, a fast-track foreclosure bill aimed at expediting the foreclosure crisis.The bill passed in the Ohio House by a unanimous vote in November and is currently awaiting a vote in the Ohio State Senate. Delgado called Ohio State Bill H.B. 134 “an important template towards the introduction of a national course of solution for vacant and abandoned properties.” Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. 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By News Highland – May 27, 2019 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ ED & Medical Assessment Unit at LUH ‘extremely busy’ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleReflect on the 2019 Local and European ElectionsNext articleHarps back at the Brandywell for EA Sports Cup quarter-final News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Letterkenny University Hospital is the second most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today with 40 people awaiting admission there this morning.10 people were trolleys in its Emergency Department.Management at the hospital has stated that both the ED and the Medical Assessment Unit are extremely busy and are advising members of the public to only attend the hospital in the case of real emergencies.The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients recently, many of whom remain in the ED and in the Medical Assessment Unit awaiting a bed.A number of beds are closed to admissions in Medical Ward 5 as part of ongoing control measures following cases of CPE on the ward and this is contributing to longer waits for patients who need to be admitted.As a result, members of the public are asked to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.Patients attending ED are prioritised, with urgent cases treated first.Management at the hospital have apologised for the distress or inconvenience caused to patients who are experiencing long wait times. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21
stefanofiorentino/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A dangerous flash flood emergency hit Washington D.C. during the Monday morning commute.With up to three inches of heavy rain falling in the region, the National Weather Service said the area was already seeing significant flash flooding.“Travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous,” the National Weather Service warned on Twitter. “Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground. Stay off the roads if at all possible. This is not the ‘usual’ flooding.” Just peering off the terrace of my ark … er ART Transit bus. pic.twitter.com/OaK59huBP2— Lauren Boyer (@laurenboyer) July 8, 2019 @capitalweather Four Mile Run is officially raging #Alexandria pic.twitter.com/LoODsaaCQD— A & V Massaro (@MassaroXV) July 8, 2019 Water Rescue – Tuckerman Lane near Post Oak Drive, Potomac, Road CLOSED, several people removed from vehicles pic.twitter.com/dlKVBM6to8— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) July 8, 2019 A school bus full of children drives through a flooded Glen Rd. in Montgomery County, MD. @mcpnews @mcfrsPIO pic.twitter.com/bUpdUIWKdI— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) July 8, 2019 If you are in this FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY area, travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous, including washouts, #flooding over roads. Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground. Stay off the roads if at all possible. This is not the “usual” flooding. pic.twitter.com/RwvkQDdfUl— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) July 8, 2019The downpour even appears to have affected the White House basement.The weather has halted Amtrak trains traveling south of D.C.The flooding comes as a new storm system develops in the Rockies, which will move east Monday.The biggest threat with these storms Monday will be damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado.On Tuesday, severe storms will move into the western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, where damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are all possible.Severe storms will move into the Midwest and the central Great Lakes on Wednesday, including major cities like Chicago and St. Louis. The major threats with these storms will be damaging winds and large hail, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
As our workforce ages and becomes more sedentary, type 2 diabetes is increasingly prevalent. As Soroyo Barnes and Anne Harriss outline, this makes it vital that, following a diagnosis, effective and proactive support is available from occupational health.This case study evaluates how occupational health (OH) supported Patrick (a pseudonym), a 55-year-old man employed full time as a carpenter and newly diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). It explores the correlative effects of T2DM on Patrick’s work performance; including assessments of the work environment, fitness to work, and the collaborative process using a bio-psycho-social approach to facilitate him to continue in employment.Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a long-term condition characterised by the body’s inability to use insulin correctly. People with T2DM produce insulin but the body cannot use it properly – insulin resistance.About the authorsSoroyo Barnes is an occupational health adviser and Anne Harriss is professor in occupational health and course director, Occupational Health Nursing and Workplace Health Management Programmes at London South Bank UniversityInitially, the body produces more insulin to override the resistance until, ultimately, there is a resulting insulin insufficiency. This combination of insulin resistance and insulin insufficiency leads to a T2DM diagnosis (Downis, 2015). T2DM is most common in middle-aged or older people and often linked to lifestyle choices (Fit for Work, 2017). The main risk factor is being overweight (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2013).Patrick, a non-smoker, had been employed as a carpenter for 25 years on a full-time basis and was diagnosed with T2DM six months previously. No further medical history was reported.Given the increasing prevalence of this condition within an ageing workforce (Tobias, 2011) the need for effective health interventions is vital. Since 1996 the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. By 2025, it is estimated that this will increase to five million (Diabetes UK, 2018).It is associated with the risk of microvascular damage, including retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy, increased risk of macrovascular complications (ischaemic heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease), and diminished quality of life (World Health Organization, 2018). Fatigue, resulting from diabetes can be particularly debilitating impacting work performance.Patrick reports sometimes finding it difficult to concentrate at work, often feeling sluggish. Fatigue is frequently a significant issue for people with diabetes; they report it twice as often as non-diabetics (Weijman, 2003).Functional assessmentAn OH functional assessment is performed to determine an employee’s current physical capability to perform physically active work duties, to establish the job task/s they can perform, to know they can conduct their job safely, return to work, or even gain new employment (Healthy Work, 2017).This is further supported by Soer (2008), who proposes these assessments provide an evaluation of capacity of activities and used to make recommendations for work participation, while considering the person’s body functions, structures, environmental factors, personal factors and health status. For employees working with chronic diseases, optimising their health and avoiding unemployment is crucial since they are often associated with social deprivation and worsening health (Black, 2018; Waddell and Burton, 2006).Biopsychosocial model of assessmentEngel’s biopsychosocial model (1977) of health and illness links interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors that determine the cause, manifestation, and outcome of wellness and disease. This and Watson’s (2010) biopsychosocial flag model have proven significance and underpinned the functional assessment, as it takes a multi-faceted view of the individual in relation to health and recovery compared to medical models.Evidence suggests people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than the general population (Fenton and Stover 2006; Simon et al 2007; Vamos et al 2009), therefore it is important to remain cognisant of this and offer support to empower individuals to remain in work despite living with a long- term condition such as diabetes.The extent of fitness or impairment must be gauged in terms of the demand of their work tasks Murugiah et al. (2002). Their framework for assessing fitness to work, incorporates four main aspects: personal aspects, work characteristics, work environment and legal aspects.This guided the case management of Patrick within the OH context, as it encourages a holistic approach of each individual employee. Everton et al (2014) emphasises that understanding the client’s job role is key to functional assessments.With reference to Watson’s (2010) model, Patrick reported a heavy workload (black flag), his role being demanding with both physical and psychological challenges leading to him feeling stressed (blue, yellow and orange flags) across his eight to 10 hours working day. His job tasks included working with machinery and moving and handling varying loads. It was vital for OH to assess how diabetes may impact on Patrick.As wellbeing is determined by the physical, social and psychological environment that an employee works in, it follows that when this balance is disturbed this will impact on the health and wellbeing of that workforce too (Dodge et al, 2012).Patrick was well experienced in the construction industry having transferrable skills, should he require temporary redeployment to another work area within the company whilst his health needs are managed.He reports that his diet has not been great since his wife passed away. He reports being unable to cook healthy meals due to shift demands and cites commute to and from work as a hindrance to lifestyle adjustments, such as exercising.Patrick reported sleep disruption managing only four to six hours each night. Regularly sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with impaired immune function, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and depression (Consensus Panel, 2015; Medic, 2017). These are relevant to successful diabetes management and can be detrimental to health outcomes and well-being and relevant to Patrick whose job includes significant physical demands.Patrick’s Body Mass Index was above 30, indicative of obesity, which is often associated with type 2 diabetes. As Patrick is at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2017) he was given lifestyle advice at the consultation, including the importance of losing weight, regular exercising and modifying his eating habits. He was encouraged to enquire about exercise on prescription from his GP and a referral to the Diabetes dietitian for individually tailored support was recommended.Patrick’s psychological wellbeing assessment was achieved using the PHQ9 and GAD7 tools. Addressing the psychological needs of people with diabetes can improve clinical outcomes, quality of life, relationships with healthcare professionals and carers, dietary control and overall prognosis (NHS Diabetes and Diabetes UK 2010; Alum et al 2008). Patrick actively engaged with the assessment and accessed support options available to him aiming to improve his functional capacity.Assessing risk at workSection 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) states that employers have a general duty of care to ensure (so far as is reasonably practicable) the health, safety and welfare of all their employees. The starting point is to assess the risks and if the risk assessment is carried out properly it will show where there is a significant residual risk to health even after reasonably practicable control measures have been applied (Health and Safety Executive, 2007).Patrick revealed his employer was unaware of his diagnosis. An important factor in assessing fitness for task is cognizance of the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) that imposes a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments and provide legal defence against discrimination on the grounds of disability, including disability relating to diabetes. Employers must assess risks posed to their workers and, where necessary, take action to safeguard health and safety achieved by undertaking comprehensive risk assessments (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health 2018).Some workers have reported workplace discrimination due to having diabetes. Diabetes UK (2018) suggest that a third of people living with diabetes have received a lack of support and understanding from colleagues. Patrick was reassured of his protected rights against discrimination due to his diagnosis and given the opportunity to make the informed decision to disclose this to his employers. He consented to this being disclosed in the OH report to his manager with recommendations for current and future management.Patrick reported feeling pressured to meet deadlines, resulting in him missing meals putting him at risk of hypoglycaemia detrimental to his health and job role which entails both working at heights and manually handling heavy loads. Although not disclosing that Patrick was diabetic, OH ensured on-site first aiders could recognise and treat diabetic emergencies should they occur.Working at height remains a major cause of fatalities and major injuries (Health and Safety Executive, 2017). Patrick’s manager was advised to update previous risk assessments he confirmed that Patrick had received recent manual handling training. It was recommended that working at heights should be avoided until his diabetes has been sufficiently stabilised and that Patrick should recognise any physical limitations and prioritise his breaks moving away from his immediate working environment entirely.He lives alone and is largely independent with daily tasks such as shopping and personal care. He has supportive children and a friend close by who support him with tasks at home. His working within a wider team provided the opportunity for Patrick to receive support such as task re-allocation when needed including those requiring working at heights.Patrick’s work tasks involved the risk of injury from handling tools or from loose objects. Mousley (2003) refers to longer wound healing times in people with diabetes making and increased susceptibility to complications. Patrick was therefore advised to wear strong, thick gloves when handling sharp objects to reduce this risk.Patrick has been prescribed metformin to be taken three times a day with meals. Metformin. This biguanide works by increasing muscle cell sensitivity to insulin so that they are more effective in removing sugar from the blood. It also reduces the amount of sugar produced by liver cells and delays the post-prandial absorption of sugar from the intestines into the bloodstream reducing less of a spike in blood sugar levels after meals. It is the first medicine usually recommended to treat type 2 diabetes. This is indicative as he is overweight, and metformin should not cause additional weight gain but may cause mild side effects, including nausea and diarrhoea (NHS Choice, 2009).Patrick reports that he often forgets to take his medication or takes them without food. He was advised on strategies to help him to remember such as setting alarms. The importance of taking metformin with food was discussed and the implications of non-compliance were highlighted. It was suggested to Patrick that he be referred to a diabetes specialist nurse for ongoing support. Recommendation to his employer included giving Patrick time off to attend appointment.As T2D is a progressive condition, Patrick may eventually need to commence on insulin medication, usually in the form of injections. A future risk assessment may need to take this in consideration and require further OH input.Support for employee to stay in workPatrick’s manager was supportive upon being informed of Patrick’s diagnosis, an important factor as manager behaviour influences employee wellbeing (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (2009).According to the Centre for Ageing Better (2018), two in five people with a health condition do not receive workplace support. They suggest that early access to support, empathetic management with small adjustments to working patterns and the working environment facilitate people with long-term conditions to remain in employment for longer.As Patrick reported sleep difficulties, he was provided with contact details for his local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service offering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and self- management courses. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is effective for adults with persistent insomnia (Trauer, 2015).CBT-I addresses underlying problems without the risks of medication (Reynolds, 2017), aiming to examine and change the individual’s beliefs and attitudes about insomnia and is combined with a behavioural intervention (National Institute of Clinical Excellence 2015). Patrick’s employer provided proactive support, inviting a sleep specialist on site to discuss sleep management.Diabetes is likely to be considered a disability under the Equality Act (2010), which defines disability as a physical or mental impairment with a substantial long-term negative effect on a person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. Although whether this Act applies is ultimately a judicial matter and not an OH decision (Kloss and Ballard, 2012), making reasonable adjustments enabled Patrick to continue in his role as far as practicable (Smedley et al, 2013) is good practice.The management of Patrick’s case demanded active collaborative approaches involving the OH adviser, line manager, HR and Patrick’s GP. Recommendations for managing T2DM were focused on patient education, dietary advice, managing cardiovascular risk, managing blood glucose levels, and identifying and managing longterm complications (National Institute of Clinical Excellence, 2017).Patrick did not self-monitor his blood glucose at home and had limited knowledge regarding self- management of diabetes (yellow flag), progression and possible implications to start with. OH supported Patrick by collaborating with his GP, and his employer to facilitate Patrick to attend the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) self-management programme.Fitness to workPatrick was declared fit for his role, provided appropriate adjustments were instituted ameliorating functional barriers identified at the assessment. The government recognises the need to encourage employers to implement reasonable adjustments in the workplace and to enable an ageing workforce to remain economically active (Department for Work and Pensions, 2014).Collaborative working throughout each stage of the process and in compliance with ethical guidelines (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015) is essential. Ensuring no harm, access to diabetes services set out in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, such eye screening and being given access to a diabetes dietitian was expedited for Patrick at the point of OH contact.Diabetes is an increasingly common life-long condition with significant physical, psychological and behavioural implications. Self-management can be complex and challenging. Collaborative approaches to care between healthcare professionals and patients are essential to promote self-management skills. Evidence suggests that, with effective education and support, these skills can be developed and strengthened, even among those initially less confident, less motivated or with low levels of health literacy (Hibbard and Greene, 2013).OH monitored Patrick regularly over a 12-week period. His GP updated blood tests, and he received support from a diabetes specialist dietitian and specialist nurse, achieving the joint OH/employee goal of ensuring Patrick received the necessary monitoring and education. This illustrates the importance of health promotion with a proactive OH service. It also proves that timely, effective collaboration among experienced professionals can achieve positive health outcomes.OH nurses are well placed to promote easy-to-understand and achievable behavioural change within the workforce (NMC, 2015). OH monitored Patrick at reviews for adherence and safety reasons and he received continued assessment of fitness for work. This improved his knowledge and brought about a noticeable change in HbA1c and blood glucose readings (compared to results at the start), he attended podiatry screening and vision testing which showed no abnormalities.ConclusionDiabetes can have devastating impacts on individuals both within and beyond the workforce. Given its prevalence, it is imperative that OH is actively at the forefront of workforce health promotion and ill health preventative practice. OH practitioners must develop leadership roles to embrace opportunities that influence service change and development to meet business needs on a strategic level particularly with regards to supporting employees with long-term conditions.These are likely to become more prevalent within an ageing workforce and an increasing age at which employees qualify for a state pension.ReferencesAdvisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (2011) “The employment relations of an ageing workforce”. 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