Occupational Medicine involves the diagnosis, management and prevention of disease that has been caused or exacerbated by conditions in the workplace. Physicians in this speciality are often members of an occupational health team.
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Entry Route into Occupational Medicine
Applicants must have completed the two-year Foundation Programme before applying for Core-level training on one of the following pathways:
The length of all training can be variable.
Job Progression as an Occupational Medicine Specialist
Higher speciality training starts at ST3 and takes at least four years to complete. Training can be undertaken within the NHS or a HEE-approved private organisation.
There are opportunities for employment within the NHS or other large organisations such as the emergency services, transport organisations, or the Armed Forces. There may also be opportunities to work for independent occupational health companies that provide services to employers.
Competition for Occupational Medicine Posts
In 2017, the competition ratio at CT1 was 1.39.
In December 2017, there were
- 53 consultants,
- 2 associate specialists,
- 3 speciality doctors,
- 28 speciality registrars,
- 1 core trainee, and
- 2 F2 trainees.
Salaries in Occupational Medicine
The starting salary for junior doctors in England ranges from £26,614 to £46,208, and from £37,923 to £87,521 for speciality doctors. Consultants can expect to earn between £76,761 and £103,490. There are additional supplements for on-call work, antisocial hours, and other commitments and situations. For additional information, please check our page on pay scales.
A Day in the Life of an Occupational Health Physician
Occupational Medicine specialists’ work involves helping people to remain or return to work following an illness or an accident, but also covers the prevention of illness and injuries, as well as rehabilitation.
Occupational physicians combine clinical knowledge with an understanding of employment, anti-discrimination, and environmental guidelines, as well as occupational health and safety laws. Consequently, occupational physicians work directly with employees, assess health risks in the workplace, and develop methods for controlling those risks.