The new National School of Occupational Health is now up and running, overseeing specialty training in occupational medicine for new trainees from August 2014. This is currently operating in England, but with observers from the other three countries in the UK.
Establishment of the School followed a review of the specialty by the GMC in 2011, in response to which the Faculty proposed a new body to manage training through one hub. Trainees will still train locally, supervised by their existing trainers.
The purpose of the National School is to provide a focal point for supporting training in the specialty, unite current trainees, attract new doctors to the specialty, and promote a more effective and supportive model of training for the future; this in turn should help to raise the profile of occupational medicine and ensure the future of the specialty.
A press release from the National School explains more about the progress that has been made and how to keep in touch with future developments.