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Force Medical Officer Job Description


1. Please disclose the full terms and conditions of employment, and full job description of the Force Medical Officer.

2. Please highlight his or her full Role Purpose, his or her principal accountabilities, whether he or she prepares detailed reports for the Head of HR together with recommendations regarding medical retirements, Injury on Duty applications, reviews and deferred pensions.

3. Please also disclose whether he or she prepares medical appeal papers for PMAB, and whether he or she reports on adjustments to the earning capacity of Police Officers , retired on ill health grounds or Injury on duty.

4. Please disclose whether he or she obtains permissions from Police Officers or former Police Officers for access to OHU files and other medical information in order to facilitate the processes of medical retirement, injury on duty award applications and pension reviews, and whether he or she by way of disclosure maintains confidentiality throughout the above processes and insuring the Force's integrity at all times.

5. Does he or she liaise directly with other Police Forces, NAMF and the HO on all ill health issues.

6. Under Knowledge and Experience necessary for the post, apart from his or her Medical Qualifications, what other skillsets are required, and what knowledge of the Police Pension Act 1976, the Police Pensions Act 1987, PIBR 2006, RIPA 2000 are required.

7. To whom does the post holder report.

8. Under the post holders framework and boundaries, what level of knowledge and experience is required of the Data Protection Act?




  1. Please see attached files. You will notice some redactions in the Terms and Conditions document as this information constitutes personal information. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.
  2. Please see the attached job description. The FMA does not prepare reports for the Head of HR in relation to the medical retirements, IOD applications, reviews or deferred pensions.
  3. If the FMA is acting as SMP or of there is no SMP he will prepare medical appeal papers for PMAB.  He does not report on adjustments to the earning capacity of officers retired on ill health grounds or IOD.
  4. Yes, permission is obtained and yes, he maintains confidentiality.
  5. No.
  6. As per Job description.
  7. As per Job description.
  8. CFO and Director of Resources



FOI Ref : 636/16

Date of Request: 25.04.16

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