last updated:22/11/2017 @ 10:11 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 5

If you are involved in any aspects of employing staff such as recruiting, promoting or rewarding staff, including sitting on appointment or reward committees, you must work within your professional values and your organisation’s policies and procedures, and observe the principles of fairness, equality and diversity. If you have specific responsibility for recruitment, promotion or other staff rewards or compensation, you must make sure that the process is fair and transparent, and that decisions are based on objective criteria. You must make sure that any new doctor or other healthcare professional you manage is offered relevant induction…  

You should be willing to take on a mentoring role for more junior doctors and other healthcare professionals. If you have agreed to act as a mentor, you must make sure that you are competent to take on the role and that you can fulfil your responsibilities… You must make sure that staff who are new to an organisation or are moving into a new role have access to an appropriate mentoring arrangement… You must make sure that the people you manage have appropriate supervision, whether through close personal supervision … or through a managed system with clear reporting structures. If you are responsible for supervising staff, whatever your role, you must understand the extent of your supervisory responsibilities… You must support any colleagues you supervise or manage to develop their roles and responsibilities by appropriately delegating tasks and responsibilities… If you are formally involved in teaching in the workplace – for example, teaching trainee doctors on placements – you must develop the skills, attitudes and practices of a competent teacher. If you are responsible for managing teaching and training in your organisation, you must make sure only people with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes carry out any teaching… there are enough staff members from appropriate disciplines, and with the necessary skills and experience, to deliver teaching… systems are in place to identify and record the educational and training needs of students, trainees and staff, including locums… an appropriate environment for training is provided

… You must promote the health and wellbeing of staff you manage. You must make sure that there are clear and effective procedures for responding to concerns about colleagues’ conduct, performance or health… You should be prepared to discuss constructively and sympathetically any work problems that the people you manage may have. You must deal supportively and, where possible, openly with problems… You must make sure that people you manage have access to support for any health or performance problems they have…