The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is currently looking for a Doctor
suitable for approval to perform statutory seafarer medicals within Manchester and is
seeking applications from medical practitioners in this area. Appointments are made
based on location, availability, facilities, experience and qualifications, following
review of all applications by the MCA’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Sue Stannard.
This is not an employment opportunity, it is an appointment to undertake seafarer
medical examinations, and appointments are reviewed annually. This is a different
approach than that taken by others, such as UKOG. We will select the required
number of doctors to meet demand from all the applications – the number of doctors
appointed will therefore depend on their availability to conduct seafarer medicals.
Seafarers are required to undergo a statutory medical examination every 2 years.
This is a requirement under UK and international law. A network of 240 Approved
Doctors undertake this work on behalf of the MCA.
Applicants should be:
1. A fully registered Medical Practitioner with a valid License to Practice from the
General Medical Council;
2. Prepared to conduct around 100 – 200 seafarer medical examinations annually;
3. Prepared to comply with the guidelines and medical standards laid down in the
Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1886(M).
Applicants with occupational health qualifications and or experience are preferred, it
would be advantageous to have experience within the maritime industry. An email
address and IT facilities are also required.
The successful applicant will need to be flexible with appointments, as seafarers
may require an examination at short notice or out of normal office hours. Approved
Doctors are required to have the necessary facilities, at the premises to be
approved, to conduct examinations (listed on application form) An inspection of
premises and a medical audit may be required.
The statutory maximum fee for an ENG 1 medical examination is currently set at
£115.00 per examination; this is generally paid by the seafarer’s employer. The
medical is expected to take about 30-45 minutes. The doctor would carry
responsibility for the overall examination and is required to complete and sign the
certificate of fitness. However, there is freedom to delegate tasks, such as collection
of personal details and clinical measurements.
If you wish to apply, an application form can be downloaded from the MCA website
Full details of the examination requirements and procedures are given in the
Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Regulations 2010, the Approved Doctor’s
Manual and MSN 1886(M+F) which can all be viewed and downloaded from the
MCA’s website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/msn-1886-ilo-work-infishing-convention-medical-standards
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the appointment, please contact
the Medical Administration Team on the number :
+44 0203 8172835 for further information.
Please provide a C.V. with your application. The closing date for applications is the
30th June 2023
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Seafarer Safety & Health
Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG, United KingdomClosing date: 30/06/2023Job type: Ad HocStaff group: Medical & DentalJob location: Please selectEmployer: Maritime & Coastguard Agency Seafarer Safety & HealthSalary: £115.00 per ExaminationOther pay band: Doctor - Other