last updated:29/11/2017 @ 10:15 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

Contribute to and comply with systems to protect patients

Domain 2: Safety and quality

Contribute to and comply with systems to protect patients

  1. You must take part in systems of quality assurance and quality improvement to promote patient safety. This includes:
  1. taking part in regular reviews and audits of your work and that of your team, responding constructively to the outcomes, taking steps to address any problems and carrying out further training where necessary
  2. regularly reflecting on your standards of practice and the care you provide
  3. reviewing patient feedback where it is available.
  1. To help keep patients safe you must:
  1. contribute to confidential inquiries
  2. contribute to adverse event recognition
  3. report adverse incidents involving medical devices that put or have the potential to put the safety of a patient, or another person, at risk
  4. report suspected adverse drug reactions
  5. respond to requests from organisations monitoring public health.

When providing information for these purposes you should still respect patients’ confidentiality.10.

Occupational physicians also play an important role in the reporting of occupational diseases that occur in workplaces for which they have responsibility. With appropriate consent, the occupational physician should ensure that the employer is able to report occupational disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) Regulations. They should also co-operate with requests for information from enforcing authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities.