The Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) medical adviser who was at the heart of a groundbreaking research project to measure offshore workers’ body size and shape has taken on a new consultancy role.
Aberdeen company International Medical Management (IMM) said yesterday that Dr Graham Furnace was to support its primary healthcare facility in the city.
The appointment and accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians’ national occupational health body coincide with the firm’s new £1million-a-year turnover target.
IMM, which provides offshore and onshore medical services, corporate health and wellbeing guidance and travel medicine consultancy services globally, said it had already seen considerable growth in the provision of ad-hoc offshore medic cover in the energy sector in 2017.
General manager Susan Reid added: “Dr Graham Furnace is one of the most prominent and well-respected professionals in the energy sector.
“Securing his vast experience is a significant coup for our team, and gives our clients access to one of the most highly respected practitioners in the industry.
“We continue to invest in strengthening our medical team, and are recruiting additional doctors, nurses and administration staff to support new contracts in the region.”
Dr Furnace’s new role does not affect his duties with OGUK.
IMM’s workforce is expected to grow to more than 20 as its medical facility expands, while the firm anticipates a big jump in sales.
Ms Reid said: “The volume of ad-hoc support needed in the North Sea has the potential to drive us beyond £1million based on the demand we’ve seen this year.
“We aim to secure what would be a second successive doubling of our turnover, with the current figure around £800,000.”
The company recently achieved accreditation under the industry’s Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service scheme.
In 2013, Dr Furnace was one of the key people involved in an oil and gas industry project harnessing 3D scanning technology to chart the changing shape of the offshore workforce.
More than 600 people were measured for the initiative, which was led by Robert Gordon University’s Institute of Health and Welfare Research in collaboration with OGUK.
It was launched just days after the Press and Journal revealed that some oil companies were asking employees to diet to free up more space on helicopters.