A new package from the Royal College of General Practitioners aims to give GPs, practice nurses and practice managers more support to treat and advise patients about occupational health. The distance learning programme is designed to give those in general practice a better understanding of the OH problems of their patients and their OH responsibilities to their own staff.
Public health minister Yvette Cooper said, "We recognise the key role GPs and their teams should play in improving the health of people at work. This programme will give them the support to advise their patients about health at work.
"The programme is also backed by a £6m investment announced in the NHS Plan which will come on stream next year to provide occupational health services for GPs and their own staff."