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.


A quarter delay seeking medical advice due to embarrassment

Embarrassment is causing a quarter of employees to delay seeking a formal diagnosis after noticing a potential cancer symptom, a...

Most staff comfortable discussing health concerns at work

7 Jan 2019

Employees are becoming more open to talking about their health at work, research has suggested, with three-quarters of staff happy...

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Health is main barrier to employment for 50-64 year olds

4 Jan 2019

More than one-third of unemployed people aged 50 to 64 are unable to work because of ill health, making it...

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Understanding the links between health and organisational productivity

4 Jan 2019

Encouraging better health is not just good for individual employees, it also makes them – and their organisations – more...

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Future working, future risks – why we need a debate around AI, new tech and health and safety

4 Jan 2019

Technology is transforming both our work and leisure lives, bringing opportunities but also risks, predominantly around precarious working, “always on”...

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Comment: Self-employment and return to work just got personal

4 Jan 2019

A looming hospital operation has brought home to Nic Paton the need for the government’s review of workplace health to...

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Work-related stress: unpicking psychosocial risk and hazard

4 Jan 2019

Work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for a staggering 40% of work-related ill-health and 49% of working days lost, before...

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Why we need better-value health checks

7 Dec 2018

Employee health checks too often seem to be about marketing and income generation, especially in the private and insured sector....

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Wake up to hearing loss in younger workers

7 Dec 2018

Noise-induced occupational hearing loss is normally entirely preventable. But lack of awareness, especially among younger workers, poor training methods and...

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Charity calls for cardiac rehabilitation overhaul to increase uptake

29 Nov 2018

Only half of patients eligible for cardiac rehabilitation are taking it up, with a charity urging the NHS to change...

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Manufacturers push for better access to occupational health

26 Nov 2018

Manufacturers have called for an urgent boost to occupational health capability after a survey showed the main causes of long-term...

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Projects that help workers self-manage health conditions win funding

22 Nov 2018

Almost £4 million in government funding has been allocated to 19 projects designed to help people manage their health conditions...

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One in five cancer patients report discrimination

20 Nov 2018

Twenty per cent of cancer patients have experienced discrimination upon their return to work, Macmillan Cancer Support has found.
According...

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The ‘taboo’ of weight in the workplace

2 Nov 2018

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

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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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