last updated:08/12/2017 @ 11:14 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

Develop and maintain your professional performance

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance

Develop and maintain your professional performance

  1. You must be competent in all aspects of your work, including management, research and teaching. 1. 2. 3.
  2. You must keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date.
  3. You must regularly take part in activities that maintain and develop your competence and performance. 4.
  4. You should be willing to find and take part in structured support opportunities offered by your employer or contracting body (for example, mentoring). You should do this when you join an organisation and whenever your role changes significantly throughout your career.
  5. You must be familiar with guidelines and developments that affect your work.
  6. You must keep up to date with, and follow, the law, GMC guidance and other regulations relevant to your work.
  7. You must take steps to monitor and improve the quality of your work.

Occupational physicians must undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) relevant to their practice (see: They must participate in the processes of revalidation set out by the GMC. They should take up structured support opportunities offered by their employer or contracting body; those who practice independently may find mentorship and support opportunities through the Society of Occupational Medicine and professional and educational meetings of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.