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COVID-19 update: Facemasks

  The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has issued the statement below in support of the government’s decision to mandate the wearing of facemasks in shops in England, in line with the position in Scotland and Wales. The statement, agreed by the AoMRC’s Council, including the FOM, also draws attention to the ongoing threat from - Read more...
Published Date: 16/07/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

COVID-19 update: Coronavirus risk assessment and health-scoring systems – ethical considerations

  The Faculty is pleased to offer a further update, which considers ethical issues in relation to Coronavirus health-scoring systems. We are very grateful to Dr Paul McGovern, the principal author and member of the Ethics Committee, for this work which can be accessed here.   Dr Anne de Bono President Faculty of Occupational - Read more...
Published Date: 08/07/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

COVID-19 update: 09/06/2020

  News from the Covid World Testing: We have tried to keep members up to date with the fast changing landscape, most recently with updated guidance from the Faculty’s Ethics Committee. Within hours of last Friday’s newsflash an eagle eyed reader had spotted that a more up to date reference to Covid-19 testing kits was required and - Read more...
Published Date: 10/06/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

COVID-19 update: Implications for OH Practice in Relation to Testing for Covid-19

  Testing continues in the news as the Test, Track and Trace programme gets underway in England alongside a similar approach in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Across the UK people are considering their response to the very gradual easing of some aspects of the lockdown measures and return to work is part of the - Read more...
Published Date: 05/06/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

COVID-19 update: Occupational Health (non NHS) Workload Prioritisation

  Things change very fast in the current situation! The observant among you may have noticed that the information sheet on Occupational Health (non NHS) Workload Prioritisation posted in our newsletter only 10 days ago, has been missing from the FOM website. This was to take note of recent specific expert opinion and guidance on - Read more...
Published Date: 27/05/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

GMC clarification on Confidentiality and Reports by Selected Medical Practitioners

  Occupational Health Physicians may be interested in a communication recently received from the GMC by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s Responsible Officer (RO), Dr David Fox. This followed a request for clarification on the interplay between GMC guidance Confidentiality – good practice in handling patient information and the legal requirements placed on a Selected - Read more...
Published Date: 22/05/2020 Posted In: General News

COVID-19 Update: Risk Reduction Framework for NHS staff at risk of COVID-19 infection

  From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a focus on trying to identify those who might be at greatest risk of infection or adverse outcomes, including recent concerns about deaths amongst healthcare workers from a black and minority ethnic background. FOM was included in an expert working group led by Prof - Read more...
Published Date: 12/05/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

Guidance: Occupational Health and Staff Deployment, 29 April 2020

  Occupational Health and Staff Deployment is the latest FOM guidance, co-authored by a number of senior occupational physicians, working across the NHS, public and private sector organisations.   - Read more...
Published Date: 01/05/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

FOM statement on COVID-19 deaths amongst BAME healthcare workers

    Deaths amongst BAME healthcare workers  There are legitimate questions about whether ethnicity, specifically Black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) in Britain, is a risk factor for contracting COVID-19 and for poorer clinical outcomes from the infection. These questions were highlighted by the report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre who - Read more...
Published Date: 12/05/2020 Posted In: COVID-19

COVID-19 update 24/04/2020

  A rapid flow of information this week – three additional updates which we hope will be useful as the pandemic evolves. 1. ‘First Experience of COVID-19 screening of health-care workers in England’ Published online in the Lancet this week, introduced by our colleague, and one of the authors, Dr Elizabeth Murphy who writes: “Newcastle University and Newcastle - Read more...
Published Date: 01/05/2020 Posted In: COVID-19
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