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.


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The ‘taboo’ of weight in the workplace

Weight is a personal rather than a personnel issue; the result primarily of poor lifestyle decisions outside of work, right?...

CPD: Occupational health’s role following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

2 Nov 2018

As our workforce ages and becomes more sedentary, type 2 diabetes is increasingly prevalent. As Soroyo Barnes and Anne Harriss...

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Why occupational health has a pivotal role in tackling mental ill health

5 Oct 2018

Brett Hill explains why he believes occupational health managers have a pivotal role to play in improving mental health, and...

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Time to listen up on age-related hearing loss

5 Oct 2018

As our workforce ages, and employers become more reliant on older workers, age-related hearing loss will become an increasingly important...

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Two in five over-50s expect ill-health to force them out of work

3 Oct 2018

Four million UK workers aged over 50 expect poor health and health problems to be the main reasons they stop...

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Drivers working in gig economy not provided with safety training

24 Sep 2018

A study into drivers working as part of the “gig economy” has highlighted the importance of businesses treating the management...

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Understanding the mindset behind sedentary lifestyles

7 Sep 2018

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

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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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