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The occupational physician

This guide provides information on all aspects of occupational health including an explanation of the expected duties of occupational physicians and practical advice on specific aspects of the role, such as conducting health assessments and providing advice on sickness absence.

Based on the published views of other organisations, such as the GMC, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), the Occupational Physician is a comprehensive guidance document for both specialists and generalists practising occupational health.

We have also provided a remuneration supplement which sets out the BMA's guidance for the remuneration of occupational physicians.

Among others this guidance is intended to help:

  • Doctors who work as occupational physicians
  • Employers who require the services of occupational physicians, either as employees or as self-employed contractors
  • Organisations which provide occupational health service.


Download the guide

The Occupational physician (PDF booklet, updated 2017)