On completion of HST, you will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) which allows you to enter the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council. This means you can apply for consultant posts.
Many doctors spend some time working abroad and building up their portfolio of research, audits and publications before becoming a consultant. However, you will have met the core requirement for consultant appointment, which is registration on the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council.
Read more about our four-year programme in the curriculum.
Your HST programme will incorporate the following core elements:
Over the four years of your HST programme, you will also:
Your first two years of HST will be spent in full-time SpR posts in Ireland. After that, you can continue to train in full-time posts in Ireland, or you can start a period of full-time research or develop a subspecialty interest.
You can apply for up to 12 months’ credit towards your Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) for research undertaken during HST.
A trainee in Occupational Medicine must have experience in dealing with the impact of health on work, the effect of work on health, prevention of occupational injury and disease and the promotion of health, safety and welfare in the work environment.
Curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Occupational Medicine
In addition to supervised onsite training, you will attend a number of mandatory courses and study days designed to help you develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.
You are also required to pass two exams during HST: Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM) and Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM).
You should aim to sit the LFOM at the end of your second year of HST and you are expected to obtain the MFOM by the end of your third year.
|Job title/grade of doctor||Specialist Registrar (SpR)|
|Average intake each year||2|
|Exams to pass||• Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM)
• Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM)
|Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of HST||• Performing Audit (in Year 1) – Run by RCPI
• Mastering Communications (in Year 1) – Run by RCPI
• Ethics I: Professionalism – Run by RCPI
• Ethics II: Law – Run by RCPI
• Ethics III: Research – Run by RCPI
• Ethics IV: Occupational Medicine – Run by RCPI
• Health Research Methods – An Introduction – Run by RCPI
• Building Resilience in a Challenging Working Environment – Run by RCPI
• HST Leadership in Clinical Practice (To be completed in Year 3 or later) – Run by RCPI
• Management issues in occupational medicine – Can be completed outside RCPI
• Basic Life Support (BLS) – Run by multiple agencies
|Study days to attend||Eight per year|
|Training body||Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI|
Contact our Higher Specialist Training department for information about HST and how to apply. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is via email.