Occupational health medical guidelines launched

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has published guidelines for good practice for occupational physicians.

Good Occupational Medical Practice can be downloaded free from the website, at www.faccomed.ac.uk

They are a specialty-specific interpretation of the General Medical Council’s “Good medical practice” booklet. The guidance contains detailed statements about good occupational health practice.

The faculty said there is a need for new, additional guidance for occupational physicians because of the significant difference between the practice of an OH physician and doctors from other specialties.

It said: “The occupational physician usually has responsibilities to employers as well as to workers. Moreover, occupational physicians often work in privately organised occupational health services, and undertake a range of clinical and managerial activities that differ markedly from those of other doctors,” it has stressed.

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