Mar 19, 2012 18:32 GMT Following on from previous blog posts referring to the quality standards and training initiatives of Atos Healthcare Professionals in the delivery of Work Capability Assessments for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), this post provides further analysis of these areas by drawing on the findings of Professor Malcolm Harrington’s year two Independent Report.
Atos Healthcare appoints new Chief Medical OfficerMay 25, 2011 00:00 BST
Atos Healthcare, a business division of Atos Origin and the number one provider of occupational
healthcare services in the UK, today announced that it has appointed Professor Michael O’Donnell as
Chief Medical Office. Professor O’Donnell assumes the role with immediate effect. He is responsible
for maintaining clinical standards and ethics across the organisation and as part of his role will chair
the Atos Healthcare Clinical Forum.
Mark Bounds Senior Vice President, Atos Origin said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor O’Donnell
as our new Chief Medical Officer. I have every confidence that his extensive medical experience will
be invaluable in ensuring that Atos Healthcare continues to deliver high quality services in accordance
with clinical standards and ethics. His role is to ensure that best medical practice is being used by all
our healthcare professionals from training through to medical assessments and quality audits.”
“I am proud to be joining Atos Healthcare, an organisation well respected across the industry and the
UK leader in occupational health and disability assessments,” said Professor O’Donnell. “Helping
people to identify what they can do in order to live their lives as fully as they can is an exceptionally
rewarding role. I am looking forward to working with the team of healthcare professionals at
Atos Healthcare to ensure we continue to deliver a first class service to all our customers.”
Professor O’Donnell joins Atos Healthcare from Unum, one of the UK's leading financial protection
insurers, where he was responsible for providing advice on claims and underwriting cases. He has an
extensive background in occupational medicine. After qualification, he worked in hospital medicine
and then for six years in general practice before moving to occupational medicine at Sellafield where
he underwent a four-year training programme. Since then he has worked in the Middle East; providing
occupational medicine services in oil, refining, distribution and petrochemicals before returning to the
UK where he has given occupational health advice to a broad range of employers.
Professor O’Donnell is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine Occupational Medicine
Section and has written and spoken on a number of issues including welfare reform and health and
wellbeing at work. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and honorary visiting
professor in the School of Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Salford. He is a regular
reviewer for the Journal of Occupational Medicine.
 Based on market share and according to the UK Occupational Health Market Development Report, Market and Business Development 2008, published by MBD.
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