Fit for Work

Fit for Work is a Government-funded service providing occupational health assessments on referral from the employee's GP or employer, where an employee is absent from work for at least four weeks. It also provides advice for employers, employees and GPs on matters relating to health and work.


Coronavirus: why disabled workers may hold some of the answers to post-pandemic working

As UK plc gradually, carefully, emerges from lockdown, employers will need all the help they can get to adjust to...

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Occupational health practitioners: look after yourselves, as well as the workforce

3 Jul 2020

With workload and pressures spiralling for occupational health both inside and outside the NHS, Neil Loach argues it is vital...

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Why we need to talk about ‘PPE’ for mental health following coronavirus

3 Jul 2020

The mental health challenges facing occupational health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are set to be immense. Libby...

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Partnership working – how John Lewis puts health and wellbeing centre-stage

3 Jul 2020

Like most of the UK high street, the John Lewis Partnership was forced into hibernation during the coronavirus pandemic. But...

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Workers’ health begins to decline at 59, study finds

2 Jul 2020

The average employee’s health begins to decline at 59 years old, according to a large-scale study.
Researchers at Keele University...

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Psychiatrists highlight extent of Covid-19 neurological complications

1 Jul 2020

A study of 153 patients treated in UK hospitals during the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the...

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Workplace health Green Paper now expected ‘later this year’

1 Jul 2020

The government’s workplace health Green Paper is now expected to be published “later this year”, the Department for Work and...

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Make universal access to occupational health a reality following Covid-19, urges SOM

12 Jun 2020

SOM, the Society of Occupational Medicine, has called on the government and others to “act swiftly” to ensure occupational health...

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SOM adds to coronavirus return-to-work guidance with mental health toolkit

8 Jun 2020

SOM, the Society of Occupational Medicine, has published a toolkit to help organisations and staff in managing work-relevant mental health...

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Putting workplace drug and alcohol testing in the spotlight

5 Jun 2020

How effective is random drug and alcohol testing, especially outside the safety-critical environment? And with cannabis oils now complicating the...

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Fit to drive? Understanding what the DVLA looks for when it comes to driving for work

5 Jun 2020

Occupational health professionals can play an important role in helping to assess a worker’s fitness to drive for or during...

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Confusion over medical assessments leaving Northern Ireland HGV drivers ‘unable to work’

4 Jun 2020

An anomaly over medical assessments has caused some HGV drivers in Northern Ireland to lose work during the coronavirus crisis,...

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Study to consider benefits of occupational health service at GP surgeries

1 Jun 2020

Researchers are looking into whether access to an occupational health service via their GP surgery will reduce the number of...

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Half of staff worry about disclosing health conditions during pandemic

13 May 2020

Almost half (47%) of employees would feel uncomfortable about telling their employer about a health concern during the coronavirus pandemic,...

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‘Having to deal with my own disabilities has improved how I approach my OH practice’

1 May 2020

Having suffered herself from depression and now chronic fatigue syndrome and Lupus, OH nurse Felicity Paterson knows only too well...

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