Medical Adviser (G6)

Hours of Work: Full-Time


Closing Date/Time:14/05/2021 3:00pm

Reference Number:HRMA1921

Job Background 

The Medical Adviser will work as part of a large multidisciplinary team of professionals to provide advice to the Chief Constable, police officers and police staff on occupational health and well-being issues. 

This post will be suitable for prospective candidates of the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Register (CESR) and will be supported by the Chief Medical Adviser in relation to clinical/educational supervision and the annual review of competency progression. A training plan will be agreed for each year and all relevant Workplace Based Activities will also be supported. The successful applicant will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a distance learning course and research to achieve both MSc and MFOM qualifications.

Hours of Work: Monday – Friday 37 hours per week (42 hours gross).  

Flexible working patterns may also be considered. 

Salary: £58,676 to £66,075 (under review)

Main Activities 

The main duties and responsibilities associated with the role include the following:

  • Assess fitness for work of police officers and police staff whilst providing advice on rehabilitation measures to enable management to facilitate a return to work.
  • Conduct pre-employment medical certification of fitness for role after screening undertaken by the Occupational Health Nursing Advisers.
  • Conduct medical examinations for specialist roles to ascertain medical fitness for the role requirements.
  • Assess the medical fitness of police officers/ police staff members for access to firearms and to provide information and recommendations to management and the GP.
  • Support the attendance management policy through case management, in conjunction with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Advise on short and long-term duty adjustments for injured police officers and police staff, or those suffering from reduced health.
  • Provide advice under the ‘Injury on Duty’ Regulations and provide firm recommendations/rationale on decision making, while maintaining medical confidentiality.
  • Provide assessments on ill health retirement for police staff and assessment/case preparation for police officers who are then assessed through the Northern Ireland Policing Board by Selected Medical Practitioners.
  • Conduct Professional Standards fitness assessments on interviewees to advise if individuals are medically fit for investigation.
  • Provide advice to ensure managers are complying with the Disability Discrimination Act and advise on reasonable adjustments where appropriate.
  • Work in conjunction with health and safety professionals to provide medical advice in relation to occupational hazards that may impact on an individual’s health at work, operating within the context of up-to-date legislation, for example, Noise at Work, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and other health and safety legislation. This includes working in a Covid-19 endemic environment.
  • Provide medical advice to specialist working groups as and when required, for example, Uniform and Protective Measures Committee and other relevant working groups.
  • Provide advice with respect to the risks to police officers and police staff in relation to blood borne viruses or environmental chemicals (fire scenes with asbestos containing materials) and infectious agents (TB or Brucellosis).
  • Prescribe vaccinations and provide travel medicine advice for police officers and police staff travelling overseas for work purposes.
  • Attend pre-hearing consultations and court to provide medical information to counsel, crown solicitors and employment tribunals in respect to legal action against the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 
  • Ensure that all medical practices are up to date and in line with GMC guidelines on good medical practice, consent, confidentiality etc.
  • Liaise with appropriate stakeholder organisations and individuals as required in certain circumstances.
  • Complete any other duties deemed relevant and delegated by the Chief Medical Adviser. This may include duties such as the research, undertaking of examinations, workplace visits and the assistance of clinical leadership, management and service delivery.

The main duties and responsibilities reflect the main elements of those associated with this position. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive. 

Person Specification 

Essential Qualifications

A medical degree MB BCH (or equivalent) 


one of the following Occupational Health qualifications:

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), or equivalent
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRGCP)
  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH) Part A
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (Primary FRCA)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (First FRCR)
  • Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH)

Applications will be accepted from applicants who cannot complete the relevant Royal College or Faculty examination listed above by the time of appointment because the final part of their exam was cancelled due to COVID.  If the applicant is successful, they should complete the College / Faculty exam within the first year of training (ST3) in Occupational Medicine.  

Essential Experience 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the following:

Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) as a Medical Practitioner, a current licence to Practice in the UK, and the ability to work within GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines.


Evidence of achievement of foundation competences from a UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) affiliated foundation programme, or equivalent, by time of application in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice


Evidence of achievement of Core Medical competences via one of the following methods:

  • Current employment in a UK core medical training or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) (Acute Medicine) programme, or Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) international level 3 accredited equivalent core medical training, and on track to successfully complete the training programme by the advertised post start date.
  • Successful completion, of a UK core medical training or ACCS (Acute Medicine) programme, or JRCPTB international level 3 accredited equivalent core medical training, evidenced by the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).
  • Evidence of achievement of core medicine competences at time of application. Acceptable evidence is only permitted via the standard Alternative Certificate of Core Competence.


Evidence of one of the following (as defined by the relevant curricula):

  • CT1 competences in Surgery at time of application and CT2 competences in Surgery by time of appointment.
  • CT1 competences in Psychiatry at time of application and CT2 competences in Psychiatry by time of appointment.
  • CT1 competences in Anaesthetics or ACCS(Anaesthetics) at time of application and CT2 competences in Anaesthetics or ACCS(Anaesthetics) by time of appointment.
  • CT1 competences in Radiology at time of application and CT2 competences in Radiology by time of appointment.
  • CT1 competences in Paediatrics at time of application and CT2 competences in Paediatrics by time of appointment.
  • Successful completion of General Practice training programme by time of appointment, or eligible for inclusion onto the GP register.
  • Achievement of Phase 1 of the Faculty of Public Health training curriculum by time of appointment.

Essential Clinical Skills, Clinical Knowledge and Expertise 

Applicants will required to demonstrate their appropriate technical and diagnostic competence in the following areas:

  • Ability to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement.
  • Competence at core or GP completion level in the management of medical emergencies, in patients and out patients as required by the relevant curriculum.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision where appropriate.
  • Ability to prioritise clinical need.
  • Ability to maximise safety and minimise risk.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and provide relevant input into case management when required.
  • Familiarity and compliance with good medical practice whilst keeping medical and pharmacological knowledge up to date.
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide variety of audiences and to provide detailed medical reports when required.
  • Ability to analyse detailed medical information and organisational risks in order to draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Demonstrate integrity and respect for the confidentiality of all patients, regardless of their circumstances.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of AUDIT, clinical risk management, evidenced-based practice, patient safety and clinical quality improvement initiatives. 
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources.

Essential Other 

  • Applicants must have a valid driving licence and a car available for official business use, or access to a form of personal transport that will enable you to meet the requirements of the post in full. 
  • IT literate specifically in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Outlook)

Desirable Qualifications 

A specialist postgraduate qualification in Occupational Medicine, e.g. a Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

Desirable Experience 

Experience of using Occupational Health specific software.

Desirable Clinical Skills, Clinical Knowledge and Expertise

Evidence of experience in a range of acute specialities, and managing patients on unselected medical take during core training, or equivalent.

Short listing will be carried out based on essential criteria. Please note in some instances, for example, where there is a high volume of applicants, desirable criteria may be assessed.

Please note that successful applicants will be retained on a merit list for future opportunities arising. 

Competency and Values Based Assessment 


  • Integrity
  • Impartiality

Competencies – Level  3 

  • We are emotionally aware
  • We analyse critically
  • We deliver, support and inspire
  • We are collaborative
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