London / KSS Specialty School of Occupational Medicine

Our aim is to train occupational physicians to the highest standards, enabling them  to meet the needs and challenges of an evolving and dynamic workforce.

Why choose this school?

Occupational medical practice differs greatly from one industry sector to another. A varied career with movement across sectors is common, providing excellent experience and ongoing interest.

Training is provided through a number of leading teaching hospitals in London. With a population of almost eight million, the capital offers great opportunities for occupational physicians. London's diverse and vibrant communities mean trainees will gain experience in a variety of working environments.

Who is the head?

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Professor John Harrison has been appointed as head of the London / KSS Specialty School of Occupational Medicine. This is a joint appointment between the London and Kent Surrey and Sussex deaneries and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. John is Clinical Director for Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, based at Hammersmith Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Business School of Brunel University.

His clinical practice has always been centred on the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers although he has extensive experience of providing occupational health to non-NHS organisations and of the development of models of occupational health that cross organisational boundaries. Through his link with Brunel University Business School, he is leading research projects concerned with marketing occupational health to SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and in the development of hub and spoke models of occupational health delivery.

John has a particular interest in the health and fitness of doctors and is one of two national assessors for NCAS (National Clinical Assessment Service).

John’s interest and commitment to specialist training extends over many years both in the UK and internationally. He has held many roles within the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, latterly being Academic Dean between 1999 and 2007. He is a past chairman of EASOM (European Association of Schools of Occupational Medicine) and he is currently a member of the board of the International Commission for Occupational Health (ICOH). He is co-leading an international project to develop a global curriculum for occupational health, with Professor Frank Van Dijk of the Coronel Institute in the University of Amsterdam.

Our programmes

In years ST 1 and 2, trainees must complete core training in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, public health or general practice. 

Higher specialist training begins in ST3, taking place in approved posts supervised by consultant occupational physicians. All trainees must pass exams in the first and final years of subspecialty training.

Occupational physicians can go on to develop special interests in travel medicine, disability assessment medicine, aviation medicine, occupational dermatology, respiratory medicine, sports and exercise medicine, radiation medicine and diving medicine.

Find out more

To find out more about training in occupational medicine, visit the Faculty of Occupational Medicine website or the training programme pages of the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website.