Occupational medicine



Curriculum - Occupational medicine training (2017)

Website of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine - http://www.fom.ac.uk/

Information for prospective trainees - http://www.fom.ac.uk/education/speciality-training/prospective-trainees


Training Programme Director

Dr Ku Sarangi


Occupational Health and Well-being Centre

Mersey Care NHS Trust

Hollins Park Lane              

Hollins Park House                        


WA2 8WA  


Introduction/Overview of Programme

The occupational medicine specialty training committee of HENW has an overview of the training in the specialty of occupational medicine in the North West and Mersey region to ensure that it is delivered in line with the GMC approved Faculty of Occupational Medicine derived training curriculum. The core function of the Occupational Medicine Training Committee is to manage the quality of training, ensuring that trainees have access to the highest standards of teaching in the specialty stage of their career. The NHS training placements are located in Pennine Acute NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Other training opportunities exist outside the NHS and are funded by non-NHS organisations.


General Description of Posts

Specialty training posts are in the following locations -- Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, Aintree Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Preston Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital and at Wigan Investment Centre. Some additional trainees are not directly employed by the HENW but funded by industry and their location is dependent on their employers' work locations.


Trainees will participate in the ARCP process as organised by the National School of Occupational Health.


Educational Opportunities

Trainees will be expected to attend the regional educational programme which is held on a monthly basis. Attendance is recommended and a register is kept. Other training and educational activities will be held at the local departments in which the trainees work.


Trainees will undertake a formal university-based education programme in the first two years of their specialty training.


Trainees will go on the Edge Hill training course on education and learning to allow them to train up to be clinical supervisors. There is usually an opportunity to undertake training in leadership.



Regular audit is an important part of occupational medicine and trainees are expected to undertake and formerly present least two audit projects during their specialty training.


The North-West NHS Audit/ANHOPS meeting has been running for many years and all trainees are expected to attend. There are opportunities for trainees to present their audit work at these meetings and to be able to be involved with regional audit projects.


The trainee will develop a research interest and undertake research leading to submission of a dissertation which will be one of the key competencies that are required before gaining specialist accreditation. The Occupational Health Units are based in teaching or associate teaching hospitals and trainees are expected to be involved in postgraduate medical education.



Trainees will sit an exam (MFOM part one) at the end of ST3, which has to be successfully passed to enter into ST4.


Trainees will sit a MFOM (part two) exam exit examination.



Dr Ku Sarangi (email: kashyap.sarangi@merseycare.nhs.uk) is the Training Programme Director and is based at Mersey Care NHS Trust. The Associate Dean responsible for the specialty is Professor Simon Carley.

Occupational Medicine