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Dr Debbie Cohen OBE MD FFOM FRCGP FRCP FAcadMEd

Debbie is an Occupational Health Physician, Director of Student Support for School of Medicine Cardiff and Reader at the Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health at Cardiff University. In 2000 she left General Practice to develop her career in occupational medicine and establish a remediation service for doctors and medical students with performance issues called the Individual Support Programme (ISP). The ISP now has both national and international recognition for its work and conducts research in this area. Debbie leads for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine on the Health for Health Professionals work stream and helped establish in 2011 the UK Association of Physician Health. She was part of the GMC working group in 2013 that developed the guidance on Mental Health in Medical Students and funded by the GMC conducted research into wellbeing in medical students.


Debbie also led the development of the Healthy Working UK website, a website for health practitioners about work and health. She has developed funded by DWP the e learning packages for both primary and secondary care practitioners on health and work. She co-leads the National Programme for Work and Health for the Royal College of General Practitioners and provides face-to-face training on behaviour change and managing difficult consultations. She is now working to embed work and health in conversations in the management of long term conditions. In 2012 Debbie received the OBE for her contribution to occupational medicine. In 2014 Debbie was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.