Public health in the workplace

The workplace provides a key opportunity to promote public health for employees, and through them, the wider community. Professor Dame Carol Black spoke on this theme at the Symposium  organised by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine in London on 1st October 2015 to mark the 90th Anniversary of its first official journal, the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black is Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. She was president of the Royal College of Physicians from 2002-2006 and is currently Chair of the Nuffield Trust and Department of Health’s Expert Advisor on improving the welfare of working people. She previously advised the Department for Work and Pensions as National Director for Health and Work. She was Head of Rheumatology at the Royal Free Hospital from 1989-1994, and maintains an interest in the research into connective tissue diseases.

Other speakers included FPM Fellows Professor Munir Pirmohamed who will discuss Progress in Personalised Medicine and Professor Peter Barnes FRS, who will speak on Advances in Respiratory Medicine.

The Postgraduate Medical Journal publishes topical reviews, commentaries and original papers on themes across the medical spectrum. It provides continuing professional development for all doctors, from those in training, to their teachers, and active clinicians, by publishing papers on a wide range of topics relevant to clinical practice.

Papers published in PMJ describe current practice and new developments in all branches of medicine; describe relevance and impact of translational research on clinical practice; provide background relevant to examinations; and papers on medical education and medical education research.

The FPM is a British non-profit organisation founded in the autumn of 1919 as a merger of the Fellowship of Medicine and the Postgraduate Medical Association, with Sir William Osler as its first president. Its initial aims were the development of educational programmes in all branches of postgraduate medicine.

The FPM now organises clinical and research meetings and publishes two journals. The FPM has since 1925 published the international journal, the Postgraduate Medical Journal. In 2012 the Fellowship launched a new international journal, Health Policy and Technology, published on the Fellowship’s behalf by Elsevier.

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