Medical Director - Dr Tony Williams

Dr Tony Williams has over twenty-five years experience as a consultant occupational physician. A Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, he has been an examiner for the Faculty and taught on the course for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He completed his LLM in Law and Employment Relations in 2007 and has published research on the evidence provided by doctors for employment tribunals (Williams, 2008). He set up Working Fit in 2002, with an extensive portfolio of clinical occupational health work in the NHS and for a variety of Government and private organisations.

He represented the Faculty of Occupational Medicine advising both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on their guidelines for returning to work following surgical procedures. Between 2009 and 2011 he presented a number of Health and Work training workshops for GPs on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners.  He produced the medical guidelines for the Fire and Rescue Services in 2004 and 2012.  He has produced medical evidence guidelines for military veterans claiming injury and ill health due to service.  In 2012 he chaired the Government Review into Firefighter Normal Pension Age.  He provided advice to RNLI on fitness and pension age in 2013.  He is currently Chair of the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers, an organisation with a specific interest in Police, Fire and Local Authority health issues, and has provided advice to central government on the Local Government Pension Scheme. 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic he established and directed the ALAMA Covid-age project to estimate vulnerability to Covid-19, producing the Covid-age tool (Coggon et al, 2020) that has been in widespread use throughout UK and overseas and the tool recommended by the Scottish Government for employers. As a result he received a Special Commendation award from the Society of Occupational Medicine and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Alongside his clinical work he regularly undertakes pensions assessments mainly in Local Government and Fire and Rescue Services, insurance assessments and medicolegal work.

  • WILLIAMS, A. N. 2008. Are tribunals given appropriate and sufficient evidence for disability claims? Occup Med (Lond), 58, 35-40.
  • COGGON D, CROFT P, CULLINAN P, WILLIAMS A. Assessment of worker's personal vulnerability to Covid-19 using 'Covid-age'. Occup Med (Lond) 2020;70(7): 461-4.