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.


Healthcare staff need more information to treat ‘long Covid’

Research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has argued that people suffering from ‘long Covid’ – or often...

Governments told to prioritise tackling rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions

12 Oct 2020

Governments across Europe are being urged to create a comprehensive strategy to tackle rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions, which currently affect...

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Fewer staff taking time off for mental health, poll finds

9 Oct 2020

The propotion of workers taking time off because of poor mental health has fallen to 28% from 36% last year,...

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Mind the disability gap: why small business must not be a no-go area for occupational health

2 Oct 2020

Small businesses are often thought of as something of a no-go area for occupational health provision and support – not...

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Musculoskeletal care and occupational health: only for more ‘enlightened’ employers?

2 Oct 2020

The good news is musculoskeletal care for working-age people is widely considered a priority area by clinical commissioning groups, a...

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Focus on individual needs when bringing employees back after mental illness

1 Oct 2020

Employers must put a greater emphasis on meeting individual needs when planning an employees’ return to work following mental illness....

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‘Immediate action’ needed to prevent more silicosis deaths, MPs told

23 Sep 2020

MPs have been told that immediate action is needed to prevent deaths and illnesses caused by exposure to respirable crystalline...

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Health staff urged to get flu vaccine to minimise sickness absence this winter

18 Sep 2020

Senior clinicians and health leaders have urged frontline health and social care staff to get their annual flu jab as...

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Thousands still have Covid-19 complications months later

8 Sep 2020

Thousands people in the UK could be suffering from ‘long Covid’, where debilitating symptoms from a Covid-19 infection, even a...

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Covid-19’s ‘long tail’ for recovery may challenge occupational health

4 Sep 2020

While many make a relatively swift recovery from Covid-19, for others, especially those who have been hospitalised, it is increasingly...

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PPE and hand washing causing ‘spike’ in dermatitis among healthcare workers

3 Sep 2020

Nearly six out of 10 healthcare workers (59%) seen in occupational skin disease clinics set up during the Covid-19 pandemic...

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Clinic sees requests for Covid-19 tests soar

26 Aug 2020

A private testing clinic has recorded a 75% increase in requests for corporate testing as businesses gear up for the...

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Earlier breast cancer screening could save lives, researchers find

13 Aug 2020

Screening women in their forties for breast cancer could save hundreds of lives each year and would not lead to...

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‘Covid age’ model helps determine virus risk, say researchers

10 Aug 2020

Experts in occupational medicine have developed a risk assessment tool to evaluate an individual’s vulnerability to Covid-19, based on their...

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Covid-19 offers occupational health ‘a unique opportunity’

14 Jul 2020

As the first “crisis” phase of the coronavirus pandemic eases, but with the threat of a second wave still all...

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