last updated:22/11/2017 @ 10:13 am

Good Occupational Medical Practice 2017

To emphasise that occupational physicians share many obligations in common with other doctors, the original words and passages of Good Medical Practice (displayed in black), and selected abstracts from supplementary guidelines of the GMC (displayed in red), are retained and presented. Where appropriate, extra commentary, written specifically by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, then follows in a distinguishing (blue) typeface.
ForewordIntroductionDomain 1: Knowledge, skills and performanceDomain 2: Safety and qualityDomain 3: Communication, partnership and teamworkDomain 4: Maintaining trustAfterword

Concluding remarks

Concluding remarks

This guidance is not exhaustive.  Additional guidance is provided by the Faculty document Ethics Guidance for Occupational Health Practice in a number of important areas which have not been covered here, including pre-employment assessments, medical assessments relating to sickness absence, drug and alcohol screening, biological monitoring and business ethics.  This should also be consulted.  Occupational Health Service Standards represents another valuable guide.

Collectively however, these documents cannot cover all forms of professional practice or misconduct which may cause the GMC to question your registration or which may fall short of standards considered appropriate by your peers.  You must therefore always be prepared to explain and justify your actions and decisions.