SMP Arrangements from 1st October 2016
New Arrangements for Selected Medical Practitioner Services
The Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) has put in place new arrangements for the provision of Selected Medical Practitioner (SMP) services for the Board to fulfil its statutory responsibility for administering applications from current and former police officers for ill health retirement and injury awards set out in the Regulations. The Board has appointed Occupational Health Practitioners to act as the SMP whose role is to conduct all medical assessments in respect of ill health and injury on duty award applications.
This approved list (below) of SMPs will be continually maintained and published on the Board's website. From this list former and serving officers can select who they wish to undertake their assessment, provided that they have not been assessed and/or treated by that SMP within 2 years.
All assessment appointments will take place in specifically designed facilities at the Board’s premises in the Waterside Tower, 31 Clarendon Dock, Belfast (you can access a location map by clicking here (PDF 448 KB)). Appointments under these new arrangements will commence in November 2016. NIPB Police Administration Branch will write to former and serving officers who have applied for ill health retirement and /or injury awards, requesting that they select three doctors from the SMP list who they wish to undertake their assessment and complete a new consent form (SMP2). An applicant may not select an SMP for their list, if they have been assessed and/or treated by that SMP within 2 years.
On receipt of this information by the NIPB Police Administration Branch, an assessment will be scheduled for you with one of your chosen SMPs to act in your assessment on the next available appointment.
As part of these new arrangements all files and related materials held by the former SMP contractor have been transferred and are held securely in accordance with our obligations under Data Protection Act.
For further information on any aspect of the scheme please contact Police Administration Branch on 02890 408500.
SELECTED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (SMP) APPROVED LIST
Dr M Tohill MSc FRCP FFOM
GMC Number 3312094
Dr Tohill qualified in Medicine from Queens University, Belfast in 1989. He qualified as a GP in 1993 and as a Consultant in Occupational Medicine in 2006. He is currently working as a Consultant in Occupational Medicine, in the public sector. He has significant experience of complex case management in the Health Service, Private and Public Sectors.
Dr Bosede Adejoro, MBBS, MMedSci (Occ Health) MFOM HAVS (cert) GMC Number 5182642
Medical degree awarded by College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 1992. Postgraduate training in Occupational Health at the University of Birmingham in 1996. An accredited specialist in Occupational Health with over 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors as well as undertaking SMP work for some English police forces.
Dr David Hamilton MB BCh BAO MRCGP MSc (OccMed) DFOM DCH DRCOG GMC Number 3337093
Graduated in medicine from QUB in 1989. Trained initially in General Practice and then started working in Occupational Medicine 15 years ago. Experience of working for NHS, local government and in private occupational medicine.
Dr W J Humphries, AFOM MRCGP FIA GMC Number 4301585
Trained and qualified initially as Actuary before graduating in medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast in 1996. Trained in general practice and then in Occupational Medicine and has 15 years’ experience in occupational health in the emergency services.
Dr David Poots FFOM
GMC Number 3202692
Dr Poots qualified in medicine from Imperial College London in 1987. He worked as a GP for 15 years, before training in Occupational Medicine. Dr Poots is an accredited specialist in Occupational Medicine with experience in a wide range of industries including the NHS, Local Government and Fire and Rescue. He has worked as a Selected Medical Practitioner for Police Scotland.
Dr G Crowther
GMC Number 1392366
Dr Geoff Crowther has worked in Occupational Medicine for 30 years. He studied medicine at Queens University Belfast qualifying in 1978. His first job was as industrial medical officer in the shipyard. Since then he has worked both in the public sector, emergency services and hospitality sector. More recently he has worked with the private sector primarily with manufacturing industry. He still works part time with the emergency services and last year was awarded an MBE for services to policing.