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Health: Sport and Exercise Medicine Doctors

Volume 687: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which of the first 16 sport and exercise medicine doctors recognised by the Department of Health have been contracted by Olympic governing bodies of sport. [HL195]

At present there are three doctors in the United Kingdom who have formal recognition and a certificate of specialist training from the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. This new faculty is recognised by the Department of Health as the official route of approval and accreditation in sport and exercise medicine, and those approved by the new faculty are then registered on the General Medical Council's specialist register. The faculty will be increasing the number of fully accredited doctors over the next few years.

Separately, the English Institute of Sport, which receives lottery funding from UK Sport, currently employs 16 doctors. These doctors specialise in sport medicine. One of these doctors is on the specialist register. All the other doctors are in the process of undergoing assessment to be included on the specialist register. Of the 16 doctors employed by the institute, 11 have contractual arrangements with Olympic governing bodies of sport, including the one doctor on the register. The Olympic governing bodies of sport all have doctors contracted to them, although these contractual arrangements vary considerably.