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.


The ‘ticking time-bomb’ of chronic illness

Many employers and workplaces are simply not set up to accommodate the realities of employees having progressive, chronic, terminal or...

Animal magic – the attraction of ‘canine colleagues’ in the workplace

1 Mar 2019

Three years ago, food manufacturer Nestlé UK adopted a pets-at-work strategy. Allowing dogs to come to work with their owners...

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Balancing act to integrate work and life

1 Mar 2019

In our connected, “always on” age it is increasingly difficult to separate work and personal life, to create genuine work-life...

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Reading the runes for the future direction of occupational health

1 Mar 2019

The future direction of occupational health was a central talking point – and the subject of a keynote panel discussion...

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Half of NHS staff worked while unwell in 2018

26 Feb 2019

More than half of NHS staff have gone into work despite feeling unwell, the latest NHS staff survey has found,...

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Adjustment grants for workers with disabilities to increase

12 Feb 2019

Workers with disabilities will be able to claim up to £60,000 per year to help pay for workplace adjustments when...

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Two-thirds of men put off dealing with health problems until they are ‘severe’

12 Feb 2019

British men continue to be in denial about their health, with nearly two-thirds admitting a problem would have to be...

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‘We are differently abled, not necessarily disabled’

1 Feb 2019

Angus Baskerville was diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD at the age of 15. He told the audience at last year’s...

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Small adjustments in the workplace can help employees with autism.

Making the invisible visible – supporting neurodiversity in the workplace

1 Feb 2019

Neurodiversity in the workplace – workers with autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia and other “invisible” neurological disabilities – was the subject of...

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A quarter delay seeking medical advice due to embarrassment

10 Jan 2019

Embarrassment is causing a quarter of employees to delay seeking a formal diagnosis after noticing a potential cancer symptom, a...

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Most staff comfortable discussing health concerns at work

7 Jan 2019

Employees are becoming more open to talking about their health at work, research has suggested, with three-quarters of staff happy...

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Health is main barrier to employment for 50-64 year olds

4 Jan 2019

More than one-third of unemployed people aged 50 to 64 are unable to work because of ill health, making it...

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productivity-drain

Understanding the links between health and organisational productivity

4 Jan 2019

Encouraging better health is not just good for individual employees, it also makes them – and their organisations – more...

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Future working, future risks – why we need a debate around AI, new tech and health and safety

4 Jan 2019

Technology is transforming both our work and leisure lives, bringing opportunities but also risks, predominantly around precarious working, “always on”...

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Hands in hospital bed

Comment: Self-employment and return to work just got personal

4 Jan 2019

A looming hospital operation has brought home to Nic Paton the need for the government’s review of workplace health to...

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