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.


Fit for Work service scrapped in workplace health policy overhaul

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

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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Good practice when making occupational health referrals

2 Aug 2017

What are the do’s and don’ts when making referrals? In the first of a series of articles on the interface...

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Should employers take responsibility for injuries outside of work?

4 Jul 2017

Are injuries away from the workplace the responsibility of employers? Paul Wimpenny explains why firms should aim to keep staff...

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Consumer goods company cuts absence with occupational health physiotherapy

2 Jun 2017

In a special report produced in association with occupational health physiotherapy provider Connect Health, we look at how over two...

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How to remove the barriers stopping SMEs investing in employee wellbeing

4 Apr 2017

Small and medium-sized enterprises have a poor record for investing in employee wellbeing. Andrew Harris, workplace health and wellbeing specialist...

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Employers’ use of Fit for Work service is still low, study shows

2 Mar 2017

More than a year on from its launch, the Government’s flagship Fit for Work sickness absence service remains singularly underused...

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Fit notes: occupational health practitioners respond to government proposals for reform

1 Dec 2016

The Government has announced a major review of statutory sick pay, fit notes and the role employers can play in...

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NHS occupational health services targeted in cost-saving plans

5 Oct 2016

With the NHS facing a funding crisis, occupational health could be among the functions targeted for cuts and efficiency savings,...

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Manufacturers call for tax relief for medical expenses to get sick staff back to work

28 Jun 2016

Manufacturers have called on the Government to revisit the idea of offering tax breaks for medical treatments as a way...

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The Fit for Work service

Fit for Work service asks for feedback from users

3 Apr 2016

The Fit for Work service has been up and running for several months now. Dr Lucy Goundry, medical director of...

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Fit for Work service: frequently asked questions

16 Feb 2016

A series of roadshows have been held recently to explain how to use the Government’s new Fit for Work service....

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Employers remain unaware of Fit for Work service, survey finds

2 Feb 2016

Few employers have been officially made aware of the introduction and availability of the Government’s new Fit for Work service,...

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