Working life (occupational medicine)

This page provides useful information about the roles and responsibilities of doctors working in occupational medicine, where they work, who they work with and what they feel about their role.

I became an occupational physician because I was curious about the working lives of others, and wanted a role where I could meet and learn about different people outside of the clinic."  (occupational physician)

Although a typical day in occupational health practice can vary enormously according to the role and setting, the work will often involve:

There will almost always be a team to either manage or work with. In most organisations, occupational physicians work with others to formulate policy and procedure in line with relevant health and safety legislation.

Occupational physicians usually work normal office hours. However, as with any senior management role the job can be demanding and require considerable commitment, often with travel. On-call commitment is usually minimal.

Occupational physicians are often based in a workplace or sometimes in a local centre which individuals attend for assessment. Occasionally patients may be seen in their own homes.

The EU Working Time Directive limits the working week to 48 hours. It is also possible to work part-time once you are consultant, or to train on a less than full-time basis (conditions apply).

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