Long-serving clinical lead at MOHS Workplace Health retires

Long-serving clinical lead at MOHS Workplace Health retires

Read about the career of our former colleague, Dr Malcolm Cathcart, who recently retired as MOHS’s clinical lead and find out about his newly appointed replacement, Dr Paul Grime.

Dr Malcolm Cathcart, occupational health physician and clinical lead at MOHS Workplace Health, has retired following a long-standing and exemplary career in occupational health.

Dr Cathcart qualified as a doctor in 1979 from the University of Sheffield. After further training he returned to his home city of Birmingham and began work as a General Practitioner.

He entered occupational medicine in 1984, when he joined the chemical manufacturer Albright and Wilson, headquartered in Oldbury in the heart of the Black Country. Dr Cathcart went on to achieve over 30 years’ service with the company, working throughout the UK and for a time worldwide. He retains a specialist interest in the effects of chemical exposure on workers’ health.

Dr Cathcart joined MOHS on a part-time basis in 2001 and became their clinical lead in 2012. Since then, he has worked with the full range of their clients including in local authority, NHS and social care, transport, education and manufacturing industry sectors. He is a long-standing panel doctor for the West Midlands Local Government Pension Scheme and provides specialist medical advice to them on cases of ill health retirement.

Throughout his career, Dr Cathcart has had strong links with the University of Birmingham as an honorary lecturer; he also contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate medical training and was the University’s Occupational Physician for many years.

In 1996, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) in recognition of his contribution to the specialty of occupational medicine.

Although now retiring from medical practice, Dr Cathcart will continue to serve as a director on the board at MOHS Workplace Health and will retain his involvement in the future development of the organisation. He hopes to have more time to pursue his interests including philately and astronomy.

Following Dr Cathcart’s departure from MOHS Workplace Health in November, Dr Paul Grime (FFOM) has joined the organisation as their new clinical lead, bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise in occupational medicine.

Dr Grime qualified from Leicester University Medical School in 1988 and trained in general internal medicine before beginning specialist training in occupational medicine in 1997.

Dr Grime has been an NHS consultant in occupational medicine since 2001 and has been a clinical and educational supervisor for several doctors completing specialist training in occupational medicine. He has also been an examiner for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

He maintains other roles as chair of the Safer Healthcare and Biosafety Network, which campaigns for safer healthcare for patients and healthcare workers, and has been Assistant Editor for the Society of Occupational Medicine’s journal Occupational Medicine since 2010.

Since 2012, he has worked with the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service as occupational physician for the Houses of Parliament and continues to do so on a part-time basis.

When not practicing occupational medicine, Dr Grime is a volunteer speaker for the relief and development charity Christian Aid.

*As featured in BBP Media Midlands ‘Business Post’, edition 97, January 2022