The expression Selected Medical Practitioner (‘SMP’) is referred to in the following regulations,
- the Police Pension Regulations 1987
- the Police Pension Regulations 2006
- the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006
- the Police Pension Regulations 2015
and is a term synonymous with the role of a “duly qualified medical practitioner” which also appears in all of the aforementioned regulations.
The qualifications of an SMP were defined in HO Circular 21/2003 as follows,
Ideally, the SMP should be a Member or Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM or FFOM), or EEA equivalent. The minimum requirement should be that he or she is an Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (AFOM) or EEA equivalent. Before appointment as SMP the police authority must provide the medical practitioner concerned with an induction programme and other training so that he or she has an understanding of what police service entails.
The Police Pension Regulations 2015 define “duly qualified medical practitioner” as follows,
“duly qualified medical practitioner” means a registered medical practitioner who holds—
(a) the minimum qualification of Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine or the equivalent EEA qualification; or
(b) any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the scheme manager;