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How do I become a member?

We'd be delighted to welcome you, please go to Become a member and fill in the online form. Remember, membership fees are tax deductible.

How much does it cost?

Members pay an annual subscription from 1 January to 31 December. If you join part way through the year, you are only charged pro rata. Fees for 2022 below:

"Absolutely delighted to be a member of SOM with helpful resources to support me in my day to day work in OH, including relevant Covid-19 updates. The team are also very supportive in providing archived material. I recently revalidated accessing material from webinars I regularly listen to. Having access to the SOM Journal is another very helpful resource, a big thank you to the team at SOM"  Tessa Dissanayake, OHA Member


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  • We offer an Appraisal Scheme for doctors at an extra cost
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There is a reduction of £10 for Full Members paying by Direct Debit and 50% off for Trainees joining as full members. Please do contact our Membership Coordinator ( for further details.

We now offer Group Membership, for companies of 4 or more staff who would like to join. Please contact our Membership Administrator ( for more information.

Who can join?

Healthcare professionals working in occupational health

Any health professional who has an interest in occupational health and medicine is welcome to become a member. SOM also welcomes those who teach occupational health and medicine and those who have enrolled or are intending to enrol in a course of instruction in Occupational Medicine or Occupational Health.

Examples of our members include:

  • Medical doctors including specialist physicians in occupational medicine, trainees in occupational medicine, general practitioners, disability assessor doctors and those from other specialties who are interested in work and health issues
  • Nurse/advisor/practitioners registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, in particular (but not exclusively) those with a masters or post grad diploma in occupational health
  • Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Occupational Psychologists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Occupational Ergonomists who are registered members or fellow members of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • Occupational Hygienists, in particular (but not exclusively) with the Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene or the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene
  • Occupational Health Technicians

If your qualification does not appear above, but you would like to join the SOM, please apply to join anyway, giving full details of the qualifications you hold, and the Council will consider your application. If you are a workplace wellbeing practitioner, please view the voluntary code of practice for workplace wellbeing practitioners here.

“SOM membership is a good way of helping maintain CPD with many interesting, well run webinars. Logging on is easy and IT support is there to help you if you need it.”   Dr Andrew Benc, SOM Member

International members outside the UK and European Union

Registered occupational health professionals and medical doctors who are resident overseas and outside of the EU are welcome to apply for membership. Note we have a thriving international group which offers free webinars, resources and access to appraisals (for doctors).


Student SOM membership is open to undergraduates with an interest in occupational health and full time post graduate diploma/MSc students with an interest in occupational health.

Member benefits

Full membership


  • A paper copy of our Journal Occupational Medicine, nine times a year. The Journal is an international peer-reviewed publication, providing vital information for your role. A discount is available if you choose online access only.
  • Monthly eNews and alerts – providing the latest news, jobs, events and information.
  • Learning support via our Learning Zone, free webinars and discounted fees to our CPD events and annual conference.
  • Access to the Royal College of Physicians library.

Career support

“I don't know how all of us would have managed the pandemic without SOM coordinating so many great meetings, information etc. You are all absolutely brilliant!”   Dr Susy Gillibrand, SOM Member


  • Access to the members website to help you in your professional life and special interest groups on MSK, HAVS, Skin, Occupational Health Management, Mental Health and Travel Medicine and access to a CESR support group.
  • Access to regional groups: to meet your networking and education needs at a local level. We have 10 regional groups across the UK and an international group.
  • Opportunity to put oneself forward, or vote, for members of the SOM board.

Financial benefits

  • Right to apply for SOM awards such as the Golden Jubilee travel awards.
  • Reduced fees for MDDUS Doctor insurance and bespoke SOM/James Hallam Occupational Health Nurse insurance* and FREE Nurse Appraisal Online Toolkit.
  • Save money with reduced fees for access to independent financial advice (IFA) service*, will writing, a SOM App library, 40% off the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Magazine, a 20% discount on Oxford University Press books in Public Health and Epidemiology and 15% off Medic Accountants first years fees for tax return and accountancy advice. 
  • ISO 9001 certified appraisal service for doctors.
  • Representation to government, NICE, other stakeholders and the media.

International membership

As full membership, but excluding access to the SOM/James Hallam Occupational Health Nurse insurance

Associate membership

As full membership, but excluding the Occupational Medicine Journal, a listing on our 'Find an Occupational Health Professional Directory', eNews, job alerts, or access to the appraisal service. No constitutional rights to put oneself forward, or vote, for members of the SOM board

Retired membership (Not open to new members)

For existing members who have retired from all medical practice. Electronic access to OM Journal. No voting rights but otherwise full membership benefits

Student membership

Free CPD webinars, online access to the Journal of Occupational Medicine, regional group meetings, a dedicated student eNews with job and networking opportunities including access to SOM regional groups, access to the member’s website, 40% off the occupational health & wellbeing magazine, and a 20% discount on Oxford University Press books in Public Health and Epidemiology.

Group Membership

Full member benefits. For companies wishing to pay for multiple members. Please contact for more information

The Occupational Medicine journal

The Journal recently launched a Global Occupational Medicine special issue. The Journal produces podcasts highlighting important content published in recent issues, and in-depth interviews with research experts on key topics. There are also entertaining discussions with a variety of journal contributors. You can subscribe to the Occupational Medicine podcast, or listen or download to individual podcast episodes.

All members are welcome to contribute to our journal. Please prepare your manuscript according to the Instructions to Authors; please visit the online submission website. The editorial office can be contacted via

'The Effects of Arts, Trades & Professions on Health & Longevity' by Charles Turner Thackrah

If you would like to purchase a reprint of this famous work combined with a biography by Andrew Meiklejohn, who was himself a distinguished Occupational Physician and teacher, please contact us.

Price: £25.00 (UK inc. p&p) £30.00 (outside UK). Please note we have now run out of copies and will order further reprints as and when requests are received.


If you are a member of the SOM, you already recognise the benefits that membership of a professional body can bring. If you know of someone who has a commitment to occupational health, why not recommend them for SOM membership? Every time you introduce a new member, you support the development of occupational health and to recognise your help, we will give you 1 month off your membership. The offer is available when the person you are recruiting joins online and enters your surname when asked.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The introducing member must be paying subscriptions to SOM
  2. The offer is not available to trustees of SOM
  3. To qualify for a reward, the “recruiter” must be clearly identified at outset. Cases where the recruiter’s details are added retrospectively will not qualify for a reward
  4. The new member must be applying for full or associate membership only
  5. There are no limits to the number of referrals an individual can make. However, a maximum of 3 rewards will be paid in any 12 month period
  6. The SOM reserves the right to amend or withdraw this scheme without notice at any time


*SOM Trustees have agreed a commercial partnership with James Hallam Ltd whereby there is promotion of insurance services to SOM members through targeted and agreed promotions, with SOM acting as an Introducer Appointed Representative of James Hallam Insurance Limited, under Financial Conduct Authority guidelines. Benefits for members occur e.g. in terms of access to a dedicated occupational health nurse insurance offer. SOM receives a fee of 5% of the insurers premium (nett of tax and fees), averaging between £15 to £25 per policy, to support our costs in managing the promotion of this membership benefit and related advice and administration provided to James Hallam and the insurers. Ref Section 58 of the Charities Act 1992.

*SOM Trustees have agreed a commercial partnership with Lloyd & Whyte whereby there is promotion of financial planning services to SOM members through targeted and agreed promotions, with SOM acting as an Introducer under Financial Conduct Authority guidelines. Benefits for members occur e.g. in terms of payments for SOM membership fees. Ref Section 58 of the Charities Act 1992.