Key Contacts 

Training Programme Director for Occupational Medicine: Dr Colin Payton (Based at Bath Hospital)

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Kathy Woolson

Deputy Dean for Medicine: Dr Jon Francis

Education programme Manager: Naomi Mallinson


NHS England, South West (Peninsula) supervises all postgraduate medical specialist training in the Devon and Cornwall region for Occupational Medicine.

Information about the Specialty

The hospitals included on the training rotation in Devon and Cornwall are Derriford Hospital(Plymouth), Royal Devon and Exeter (Exeter), Taunton and Somerset Hospital (Taunton) and United Bristol Hospital Trust.
Higher Specialist Training (HST) as a Specialist Registrar is conducted in Faculty approved training posts supervised by consultant Occupational Physicians; it follows an agreed training programme and takes a minimum of 4 years. SpRs keep a personal Training Record and are subject to annual assessments by the RGPD - which must be satisfactory. Flexible training may be available by arrangement with the Regional Post-Graduate Dean.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the training programme, SpRs must take the examination for Associateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (AFOM), normally at about the mid point of HST. An additional mandatory requirement for SpRs is the submission of a dissertation.

This takes the form of a research project and is conducted in the latter part of HST. Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM) can only be awarded once Higher Specialist Training is complete and the dissertation has been accepted. Assuming that training has been conducted satisfactorily the Faculty will recommend to the STA that a certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST) be awarded. On receipt of this the Doctor may apply to the General Medical Council for inclusion on its Specialist Register.

Annual Assessment Information

Trainees undertaking Higher Specialist Training are required to have an annual assessment (ARCP).By clicking on the your specialty you will find the requirements for your assessment.The checklists are by no means exhaustive and it is advised that you communicate with your Training Programme Director or Educational Supervisor for more detailled requirement information once you have been scheduled for an assessment Please use these checklists as a guide when preparing for your assessment. Its is your responsibility to check what is expected of you and prepare accordingly. The JRCPTB website is an invaluable source of assessment information.

The Training Hospitals

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

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