Return to work and rehabilitation

Many employers opt for early interventions in sickness absence, which differs from the  the Fit for Work service model.

Employers’ use of Fit for Work service is still low, study shows

More than a year on from its launch, the Government’s flagship Fit for Work sickness absence service remains singularly underused...

cancer in the workplace

Employers need to raise awareness of cancer in the workplace

1 Mar 2017

Cancer in the workplace is an increasingly important issue as the workforce ages, but research shows managers lack awareness of...

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plantar fasciitis

Return to work of a security officer with plantar fasciitis

5 Feb 2017

This case study examines the impact of plantar fasciitis on the ability of Brian, a 40-year-old security officer, to undertake...

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The Guernsey flag: the island  has overhauled sickness absence and sick pay  with emphasis on return to work after illness. Photo: Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock

Occupational health plays key role in Guernsey’s sickness absence and sick pay revamp

31 Jan 2017

Guernsey has launched phase two of its reforms of sickness absence and sick pay, focusing on return-to-work interventions and the...

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NICE: massage and manipulation should only be used with exercise due to lack of  evidence of benefits when used alone.

NICE updates guidance on low back pain and sciatica

3 Jan 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on low back pain and sciatica, including...

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work and drug and alcohol addiction

Government report shows links between work and drug and alcohol addiction

3 Jan 2017

The Government’s long-awaited review into the links between work and addiction was published in December.
The review by Dame Carol...

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Are some complementary therapies used in work and wellbeing programmes  just  “plain daft”, despite their widespread use?

IES conference: the good, the bad and the plain daft in work and wellbeing

2 Jan 2017

The recent annual conference of the Institute for Employment Studies took place just after the health and disability Green Paper...

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risks of sedentary work

Sedentary working, chronic fatigue and long-term conditions top bill at workplace wellbeing event

1 Dec 2016

The third annual Work, Health and Wellbeing Conference took place in Salford in September, focusing on sedentary work, chronic fatigue...

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Fit notes and sickness absence

Fit notes: occupational health practitioners respond to government proposals for reform

1 Dec 2016

The Government has announced a major review of statutory sick pay, fit notes and the role employers can play in...

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Health insurance for older workers is increasingly based on  early intervention to enable  a return to work.

Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

2 Nov 2016

Second medical opinion services can help older workers return to work after sickness absence and reduce risks for employers, argues...

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workplace stress

Workplace stress: an occupational health case study

6 Oct 2016

This case study on workplace stress shows how the evidence base for occupational health underpinned a successful intervention. Anne Donaldson...

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NHS occupational health services have been listed among potential cost saving areas.  Photofusion/REX/Shutterstock

NHS occupational health services targeted in cost-saving plans

5 Oct 2016

With the NHS facing a funding crisis, occupational health could be among the functions targeted for cuts and efficiency savings,...

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work after brain injury

Work after brain injury: helping employees get ahead

2 Oct 2016

Supporting employees at work after a brain injury can be difficult. Suzanne Trask looks at the legal and practical considerations....

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More than two thirds of people surveyed  say they would consider going private to avoid long NHS waiting times

NHS waiting times hinder return to work from sickness absence

31 Aug 2016

Almost half (46%) of the British public is worried about NHS waiting times in England, citing this as their biggest...

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liver disease in the workplace

Managing liver disease in the workplace

23 Aug 2016

Liver disease, with its link to alcohol, is a growing problem in the workplace. Nic Paton looks at the role...

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