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.


From firefighter to nutritionist: tackling obesity in the fire service

A firefighter for 17 years, Greg Lessons developed an innovative healthy eating programme for London Fire Brigade that lowered BMI...

How occupational health may need to respond to a fast-changing working world

3 Apr 2020

From an ageing workforce through to remote working, rising self-employment and technological advances, employment is changing rapidly in the UK,...

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Tackling domestic abuse – ‘we want our workplaces to be both safe – and supportive’

6 Mar 2020

When it comes to tackling domestic abuse, it is not enough for employers just to be offering safe spaces (although...

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The five ‘non-negotiables’ to getting a better, healthier night’s sleep

6 Mar 2020

At the 2019 Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture, physiologist and sleep therapist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan outlined why it is important occupational...

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Protecting occupational health practitioners from burnout

6 Mar 2020

Occupational health practitioners are at the frontline of supporting individuals in the workplace cope with physical and psychological issues. But...

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Government urged to do more to prevent silica from becoming ‘the next asbestos’

5 Mar 2020

MPs have urged the government to do more to prevent exposure to silica becoming “the next asbestos”, especially within the...

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Ageing workers will suffer if governments fail to prioritise ill health prevention, warns think-tank

28 Feb 2020

The number of years people will have to live with poor health is set to increase by 17% over the...

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Boom in diabetes diagnoses on the horizon, warns NHS and charity

26 Feb 2020

Around 5.3 million people in the UK are expected to be living with diabetes by 2025, following a stark increase...

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Ill health costs firms 38 days per employee in lost productivity

21 Feb 2020

Employers lost on average 38 working days per worker to physical and mental health-related absence and presenteeism in 2019, costing...

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NHS staff survey reveals little progress in boosting health and wellbeing

19 Feb 2020

Only three out of 10 (29.3%) NHS staff say their trust takes positive action on health and wellbeing, with many...

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MPs recommend business ‘coalition’ to help workers stay healthy

18 Feb 2020

A group of MPs has recommended the creation of a “Business Coalition for Healthier Lives” to support people stay healthier...

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Presenteeism blights seven in 10 organisations, poll finds

12 Feb 2020

Seven in 10 (71%) business leaders have witnessed “presenteeism” in their organisations over the past 12 months, with the behaviour...

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Getting your head around cancer – mental health and returning to work post-cancer

7 Feb 2020

Employers needed to be focused on much more than just the physical and workplace adjustments needed for an employee to...

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Why your people want to get healthy… but can’t

7 Feb 2020

As anyone who has ever attempted to stick to a fitness routine or cut out junk food knows, it is...

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CPD: the role of occupational health in return to work for an employee with MS

7 Feb 2020

Managing an employee with multiple sclerosis can be challenging, especially if they are working in a safety-critical capacity. Nancy Njuguna...

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