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Occupational Health Physician

Posted 16 March by Capita Managed Services Ended

Occupational Health Physician

Temporary Contract
Part Time up to 10 hours per week
Primary location: County Hall, Chelmsford
Negotiable Daily Rate

The duties of an occupational physician may include:

* promote compliance with relevant health and safety legislation
* assess the fitness of workers for specific tasks, ensuring a satisfactory fit between person and job, recommending suitable adjustments to enable a person to undertake the work they have been selected to perform safely and effectively, considering any health issues or disabilities they may have
* monitor the health of workers who are potentially exposed to hazards at work through health surveillance programmes.
* analyse data from surveillance programmes using sound epidemiological methods to identify trends in worker health and recommend any remedial measures necessary to improve worker health
* advise employees and employers regarding work-related health issues
* assess potential cases of occupational injuries and illness; investigating, managing and reporting individual cases appropriately and establishing if this is a single case or if there is wider incidence
* case manage workers who are on sick leave, working with other health professionals to ensure the earliest return of functional capacity and return to work.
* recommend suitable alternate work in circumstances where a worker cannot perform their normal job, either temporarily or on a permanent basis because of a health problem
* determine whether employees satisfy the medical criteria for ill health retirement under the terms of the relevant pension fund rules
* ensure people have the necessary health information to undertake their work safely and to improve their own health.
* Ill health retirement / Deferred Benefits assessment.

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine is the specialty's academic body in the UK. Information on training in occupational medicine is available on the Faculty's website.

1. Diploma in Occupational Medicine
(DOccMed)
The DOccMed is aimed at doctors who do not necessarily aspire to become occupational medicine specialists but who wish to develop their skills in this area. It is typically taken by general practitioners, either to enhance their work with their own patients and or to enable them to offer occupational health sessions to local firms.

2. Associateship of the FOM (AFOM)
Associateship is a mid-level qualification aimed at doctors looking to enhance their training and competencies in occupational medicine, but who are not able to fill an approved training post.

3. Membership of the FOM (MFOM)
The MFOM is a career specialist qualification and is required for appointment as a hospital consultant. The MFOM can only be awarded once Higher Specialist Training (HST) is complete, and the 2 part examinations passed.

4. Fellowship of the FOM (FFOM)
The Faculty's Fellowship Committee awards Fellowships to those Members who have made a distinguished contribution to the specialty and who demonstrate a greater depth of experience and expertise in occupational medicine.

The European Specialist Medical Qualifications Order 1995 facilitates the free movement of doctors and the mutual recognition of their diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications. Those doctors who have specialized outside of the UK and who have acceptable training will appear on the GMC Specialist Register as having a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration.

Medical indemnity

Good medical practice provides that a doctor must make have adequate insurance
or indemnity cover so that patients will not be disadvantaged if they make a claim about their clinical care. Where cover is provided by their employer the BMA advises doctors to consider their personal circumstances and decide if they need additional personal cover with a medical defence organisation.


An occupational physician may be employed by an organisation to work in an in-house occupational health service, or may be employed by a third-party occupational health provider to deliver contracted services, or he/she may be self-employed.
The only doctors who should use the title occupational physician are those who:

1. have a relevant higher postgraduate qualification in occupational medicine recognised by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and be registered with the GMC

2. can demonstrate that they have achieved the desired competencies in occupational medicine through training and experience, and within the GMC code of conduct

3. maintain these competencies through continuing professional development (CPD) and revalidation

4. Complete annual appraisal relevant to their practice in occupational medicine.

As the term specialist has a legal meaning in European law only those doctors who have completed formal higher specialist training in occupational medicine and are included on the GMC's specialist register are entitled to use this term.

The occupational physician appointed to provide a service must have appropriate medical qualifications and clinical competence to fulfil the needs of the business and to ensure the optimum health of all employees. In addition, occupational physicians should have a good understanding of:

-- how business operates
-- leadership skills
-- workplace law
-- hazard and risk.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will not apply to this assignment.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

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