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

Work collaboratively with colleagues to maintain or improve patient care Part 4

(Doctors with a leadership role)

You must actively advance equality and diversity by creating or maintaining a positive working environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment. You must make sure that your organisation’s policies on employment and equality and diversity are up to date and reflect the law.

You must provide necessary and timely information to those you manage so they can carry out their roles effectively. You should also pass on any relevant information to senior managers and make sure that arrangements are in place for relevant information to be passed on to the team promptly.

If you are responsible for leading or managing a team, you must make sure that staff are clear about: a) their individual and team roles and objectives, b) their personal and collective responsibilities for patient and public safety, c) their personal and collective responsibilities for honestly recording and discussing problems. You should: a) contribute to setting up and maintaining systems to identify and manage risks in the team’s area of responsibility, b) make sure that all team members have an opportunity to contribute to discussions, c) make sure that team members understand the decisions taken and the process for putting them into practice, d) make sure that each patient’s care is properly coordinated and managed… Leading by example, you should promote and encourage a culture that allows all staff to contribute and give constructive feedback on individual and team performance. You should make sure that systems are in place to achieve this.

You must be honest and objective and keep to the principles of equality and diversity when appraising or assessing colleagues’ performance. This includes when assessing trainees during the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) or other equivalent process. The safety of patients and the public could be put at risk if you make false, exaggerated or incomplete comments about another professional’s competence or experience. You should support staff you manage to complete learning and development activities identified by appraisals or performance reviews. If you appraise or assess colleagues, you should make sure that you have the appropriate knowledge and skills.

If you are responsible for designing and delivering services, you should make sure that there is an appropriate appraisal or performance review process in place and that staff understand and follow it. You should also make sure that there are ways of dealing with any problems that appraisals bring to light…

If you are responsible for managing patient records or other patient information, you must follow the specific guidance for managers on protecting information set out in Confidentiality. You must make sure that any other records you are responsible for, including financial, management or human resources records, or records relating to complaints, are kept securely and are clear, accurate and up to date. You must make sure that records you are responsible for are made, stored, transferred and disposed of in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant legislation.