Occupational Medicine

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.


The training programme will produce a doctor trained as an attentive listener, a careful observer, an effective communicator and a capable clinician. The trainee will have a training system that provides guidance, teaching, assistance, appraisal, assessment and support.

Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Occupational Medicine is a four-year programme completed in Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts. 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.

Higher Specialist Training (HST)


You must have completed Basic Specialist Training in the relevant specialty (or an equivalent programme) by the start date for HST. Please note that not all BST programmes offer consideration of equivalence.

You must have achieved a relevant postgraduate qualification such as MRCPI in General Medicine, General Paediatrics or Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Please note: we have reverted to the previous regulations regarding the examination which were in place before COVID-19. That is, all HST candidates must have successfully passed their MRCPI Clinical Examination relevant to their speciality before their HST interview date. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

You must be currently or previously registered on one of the divisions of the Irish Medical Council, or provide proof of eligibility for registration

You must have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications.

You must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and an interest in, that specialty.