New Arrangements For Selective Medical Practioner Service
New Arrangements for Selected Medical Practitioner Services
The Northern Ireland Policing Board is putting 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 is currently appointing 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.
Since 2003 the Board has contracted out the SMP role of conducting the reassessment processes on behalf of the Board. The current contract is due to expire on 30 September 2016. By October 2016 the Board will have established an approved list of service providers to act as SMP. This approved list of SMPs will be continually live and will be made available to all former and serving officers who apply. The approved list will also be maintained and published on the Board’s website. From this list they can select who they wish to undertake their assessment, provided that they have not been assessed and/or treated by that SMP before.
All assessment appointments will take place in specifically designed facilities at the Board’s premises in Clarendon Dock Belfast. It is anticipated appointments under these new arrangements will commence in October/November 2016.
As part of these new arrangements all files and related materials held by the current contractor (SMP) will be transferred and held securely in accordance with our obligations under Data Protection Act.
For further information on any aspect of the scheme please view the Board’s website or contact the Board directly on 02890 408500.