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.


Understanding the mindset behind sedentary lifestyles

Most of us understand all too well we need to be less sedentary. But just being told you need to...

Trauma response – OH’s role is supporting PTSD

7 Sep 2018

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a term that gets bandied around a lot, explains Christine Husbands. But what does it mean...

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Eyecare for the digital age

7 Sep 2018

The Display Screen Equipment regulations predate the ubiquity of screens, tablets, laptops and smartphones in the modern workplace. So are...

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Occupational health research round-up: August 2018

3 Aug 2018

Fit notes “not implemented as intended”
The “fit note” was introduced in 2010 and was designed to radically change the...

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Lessons from the rise and fall of Fit for Work

3 Aug 2018

A final question – more statement really – to minister Sarah Newton at June’s Society and Faculty of Occupational Medicine...

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Fit for work? How to get sedentary workers on their feet

3 Aug 2018

Fit in 50 is a new booklet designed to offer practical and accessible exercises to get sedentary employers out of...

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Counting the cost of occupational cancer

6 Jul 2018

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) “No Time to Lose” campaign has been working since 2014 to reduce...

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Why wellbeing in the workplace must start from day one

6 Jul 2018

For a sustainable and meaningful approach to employee wellbeing, employers need to start from day one of employment with an...

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Why a Brexit-fuelled government collapse may be bad news for occupational health

4 Jul 2018

Whatever you may feel about Brexit, there is an argument that occupational health practitioners should be willing and hoping Theresa...

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OH practitioners question NHS England plan to limit range of surgical procedures

2 Jul 2018

NHS England has outlined plans to limit a range of surgical procedures, including for common workplace-related conditions such as carpal...

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Government ‘not ruling out’ making occupational health mandatory for employers, says minister

28 Jun 2018

The minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah Newton, has said the government is “certainly not ruling out” the...

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Fit for Work service scrapped in workplace health policy overhaul

4 Jan 2018

The Government has scrapped its Fit for Work service, blaming “low referral rates”. The service will come to an end...

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Fit for Work assessments to be scrapped

1 Dec 2017

The Government has announced that Fit for Work assessment services will close next spring, following low referral rates.
Employers, employees...

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Maintain employee wellbeing to reduce absence

29 Oct 2017

PROMOTED| Our work and personal lives are merging increasingly in the modern world. Working 9–5 has become 24/7.

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Engaging all employees in their Personal Health Status

4 Sep 2017

PROMOTED | It is a well-established fact that healthy employees are more productive and less prone to sickness absence...

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