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.


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Increase state pension age to 75 to ‘improve health and wellbeing’

Raising the state pension age to 75 will improve the health and wellbeing of older people, a think tank has controversially proposed.

Only half recognise heart condition warning signs

16 Aug 2019

Workers could be “sleepwalking into an epidemic of cardiovascular disease” if they do not improve their knowledge of heart disease...

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The Unum sickness absence and return to work trends 2019

5 Aug 2019

PROMOTED | Mental ill health and presenteeism are increasing – costing organisations and the economy billions of pounds a year...

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Home truths – making working from home work

2 Aug 2019

Homeworking is often thought as an easy solution to workplace stress, long hours and exhausting commutes. In fact, apart from...

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OH has a pivotal role to play in supporting employees through cancer

2 Aug 2019

One in three people living with cancer are of working age, yet managers and employers often feel ill-equipped when it...

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Appetite for work – managing eating disorders in the workplace

2 Aug 2019

If an employee has an eating disorder it can have a severe effect on their physical and psychological health as...

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Understanding of occupational health low among HR teams

1 Aug 2019

Occupational health practitioners and providers have been urged to educate their HR colleagues and employers about their role and the...

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Half with heart and circulatory conditions feel depressed or anxious

31 Jul 2019

More than half of people with a heart and circulatory condition have felt depressed or anxious as treatment-related worries, perceived...

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Learning from the past – what history can tell us about the failings of the fit note

5 Jul 2019

With the government considering extending fit note certification to other healthcare professionals, Dr Adrian Massey looks back at how we...

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Statutory Sick Pay reforms part of disabled workers’ support plans

26 Jun 2019

Statutory Sick Pay will be reformed under new measures to better support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
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Half of staff believe they are invulnerable to serious health conditions

25 Jun 2019

More than half (54%) of workers are living in a state of “illness denial”, a health insurer has said, because...

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Protecting against noise-induced hearing loss within theatres

7 Jun 2019

Whatever the final outcome, the legal case between the Royal Opera House and musicians around hearing loss is likely to...

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CPD: Assessment centre – functional assessments within occupational health

7 Jun 2019

A functional assessment is a key part of any occupational health consultation, yet effective history-taking is something many coming into...

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Occupational health research round-up: June 2019

7 Jun 2019

Welding fumes increase lung cancer risk
Occupational exposure to welding fumes increases the risk of lung cancer, regardless of the...

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CPD: a pain in the wrist – supporting work-related upper limb disorder

7 Jun 2019

Work-related upper limb disorders can have a significant impact on the workplace, with women over the age of 45 at...

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