Why report to THOR-gP?

Personal view: Dr J Lubin

I have been reporting to THOR-gP since it began. I attended the Advanced Occupational Medicine Diploma course at the Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health at the University of Manchester and felt that I wanted to give something back to the department, as I had found the training so useful.

It is important for GPs to understand the sorts of conditions that affect our patients at work as most patients do not have access to an occupational health service. By collecting this information we can use it to inform commissioning either by practice based commissioning or by communicating directly with the commissioning arms of PCTs and thus help ensure patients can be treated rapidly and either maintained in the work place or returned to it as soon as possible.

This is a new area of information collection in Occupational Health and I felt it needed support. I have found it instructive and that it takes very little time or effort.

Personal view: Dr A Dayani

Reporting to THOR-gP allows development of my Occupational Medicine skills and helps maintain my interest in General Practice. Enquiring about work and specifically how it affects their health (and vice versa) offers fascinating insights into patients lives in the course of normal practice. Patients enjoy being asked about their occupations and hobbies. The information helps to build a better relationship, often proves invaluable and aids provision of holistic care.

The reporting task is not in itself onerous and provides a welcome respite from the QoF! Reports are generally completed in under 5 minutes and the monthly reporting cycle helps provide a reminder to maintain vigilance. Reporting feels valuable and the feedback and education offered through the website and quarterly reports are useful methods of continuing professional development. It is a pleasure to play a small part in a research project providing insight into the true incidence of work related problems.