Dr Deirdre Gleeson - Professional Biography

Dr Deirdre Gleeson Specialist in Occupational Medicine 2018

Dr Deirdre Gleeson graduated in 1992 from Trinity College, Dublin and completed vocational training in General Practice in 1996. Dr Gleeson completed the specialist registrar-training program with The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2004 and is now a Fellow of the Faculty.

In 2005, Dr Gleeson founded Medwise Occupational Health Services, which has clinics in Dublin, Limerick and Naas and a mobile occupational health surveillance unit: Medwise Mobile Medicals.

Medwise is accredited with SEQOHS: Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service. Dr Gleeson has a special interest in occupational injury case management, sickness absence assessment and all aspects of fitness for work.

Dr Gleeson set up the Medwise Calcutta Project to help street children and regularly travels to Calcutta to volunteer in a health clinic.

Health Surveillance and Personal Health Assessment."Health surveillance is putting in place systematic, regular and appropriate procedures to detect early signs of work related ill health and then acting upon the results. The aim is to identify and protect workers at increased risk and to check the long-term effectiveness of measures to control risks to health. Employers are obliged to ensure that appropriate health surveillance is made available to employees for whom a risk assessment reveals a risk to their health." HSA 2007

In practice, health surveillance involves a program of periodic health assessments and specific tests to identify early signs of work related illness to ensure effective medical intervention and workplace preventative measures. The nature and interval of the health assessments will depend on the outcome of your workplace risk assessment. Many employers incorporate general health screening into their health surveillance program to further promote the health and wellbeing of their workforce. This talk will look at the practical aspects of implementing a health surveillance programme.