National School of Occupational Health
The National School of Occupational Health is a collaboration between HEE and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine hosted by HEE East Midlands.
The purpose of the School is to promote the highest standards of quality training and to quality manage the provision of clinical training for a multidisciplinary occupational health workforce in England and Wales.
For occupational medicine trainees, we aim to ensure and assure delivery of the national curriculum. In order to achieve this goal consistently, the School runs a national recruitment process delivered by national HEE recruitment offices for NHS based training posts in England, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland participating. Training posts funded by the Defence Postgraduate Medical Deanery and non-NHS based posts will continue to run their own separate recruitment system with their recruits attending the national recruitment process for benchmarking purpose.
The School also runs national ARCP events for all NHS and non NHS trainees for whom it has that responsibility. Since July 2019 with the use of the FOM e-portfolio has meant that they are generally run as virtual panels equivalent to other specialities.
On the non-medical side, the School's objective is to replicate the quality assurance framework for nurses and non-medical healthcare professionals.
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The vision of the School is to train a 21st century occupational health workforce that has the capability and capacity to optimise the workability of the working age population not only for today but for the future.
Dr Ali Hashtroudi is the Head of the National School. Ali is the Clinical Director of Occupational Health Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London and his main area of clinical work is healthcare and higher education with extensive experience in other sectors. He has a specialist interest in the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students and works with various stakeholders to promote this subject. He is a health examiner for the GMC. Proactive occupational health with a focus on health and wellbeing of workers is another interest of his. He is a member of the UK Advisory Board who provides advice on healthcare workers with blood borne viruses. He is currently the Chair of Higher Education Occupational Health Practitioners and previously was a member of the Board of NHS Health at work Network Board. Ali has a keen interest in training and education both at under and post graduation levels and until recently was the Regional Specialty Advisor for South Thames.
Higher specialist training in Occupational Medicine begins in ST3, and takes place in approved posts supervised by accredited specialists in occupational medicine who are approved trainers recognised by the GMC. All trainees must pass exams in the first and final years of subspecialty training in order to achieve their CCT.
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To find out more about training in occupational medicine, visit the Faculty of Occupational Medicine website.