DWP offers GPs guidance on fitness for work decisions

Work
and Pensions Minister Nick Brown has launched a new desk aid for doctors to
help them in their role of advising patients on fitness for work.

The
desk aid contains guidance for doctors on:
● The factors that should be considered before advising a patient to
refrain from work
● The completion of medical statements
● Evidence based advice on optimal recovery times
● Best practice tips

Nick
Brown said: "GPs are in a good position to help and encourage patients so
that they keep working in their current job or, wherever possible, retrain for
another job.

"Doctors
have asked us to provide key guidance material in an easily accessible form to
support their everyday clinical work in advising patients on fitness for work.
This desk aid will help them to make sure their patients get the right advice
for their condition."

www.dwp.gov.uk/medical/medicalib204/index.htm

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