General description of the work Consultant Occupational Physicians undertake
The Consultant Occupational Physician is a doctor who deals with medical fitness to work. He/She assesses and advises on a person’s fitness to undertake a particular occupation. He/She normally undertakes this assessment on behalf of the employer. He/She may also advise the employer on issues in the workplace that have health implications for employees.
Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence
- injuries in the workplace
- work related ill–health
- occupational health assessment leading to loss of employment
- exposure to toxins at work
Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles
The Consultant Occupational Physician may be known as a Consultant Physician with a special interest in Occupational Health.
Some General Practitioners have a special interest in occupational health and undertake some work in this field.
The Consultant Occupational Physician will usually have MFOM (Memebership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine) after his/her name.
GPs undertaking occupational health work may have DOccMed (Diploma in Occupational Medicine) after their name.
The Consultant Occupational Physician may be a Lecturer in Occupational Health or Occupational Medicine.