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.


older workers' fitness to work

A third expect to be working into their seventies

Improvements in life expectancy and the health of older workers has meant many staff expect to be fit for work...

Occupational health research round-up: May 2019

3 May 2019

Short breaks between nurses’ shifts linked to workplace accidents
Being provided with only a short break, defined as less than...

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Joint pain? Why we need a better evidence base for musculoskeletal disorders and work

3 May 2019

What do we know about musculoskeletal disorders and work, and what do we need to know? Karen Walker-Bone looks at...

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Present and correct? Rooting out mental health-based presenteeism in the workplace

3 May 2019

When addressing mental health-based presenteeism, the good news is that there is much employers can be doing to offer practical...

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Illuminating the links between LED lighting, health and productivity

5 Apr 2019

LED (or light-emitting diode) lighting is transforming how we light our homes, workplaces and urban spaces. There is excitement it...

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CPD: The heat is on – managing thermal comfort and the menopause

5 Apr 2019

Menopausal symptoms can affect all older women and some aged below 45, and can pose challenges for individuals and employers...

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A return-to-work model for workers without OH? A personal perspective

5 Apr 2019

Now making a full recovery following his heart operation before Christmas, Nic Paton’s experience of being in hospital and post-operative...

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The ‘ticking time-bomb’ of chronic illness

1 Mar 2019

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

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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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