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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Health conscious – does a fit workforce mean a happy workplace?

The benefits of making healthier lifestyle choices are not exactly rocket science, even if many of us struggle to sustain...

CPD: And breathe – managing employees with work-exacerbated asthma

3 Jan 2020

In the UK some three-and-a-half million adults of working age suffer from asthma. Through analysis of the intervention to support...

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Poll highlights misunderstanding about cancer survival rates

9 Dec 2019

The majority of people think that cancer patients cannot live for years after their diagnosis, research has found.
According to...

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Boosting productivity through health and wellbeing benefits

6 Dec 2019

In an uncertain working world, offering health and wellbeing benefits that people can use on a daily basis can have...

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Terrorism witnesses need psychological help sooner, study finds

4 Dec 2019

People affected by terrorist attacks need to access to more immediate psychological help, research has recommended.
A study into the...

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Eight out of 10 men would rather endure illness than see a doctor

26 Nov 2019

Eight in 10 men say it is “the norm” for them to endure an illness or an ailment rather than...

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Six in 10 feel guilty about attending medical appointments in work hours

15 Nov 2019

Almost six in 10 (59%) workers have felt guilty about attending a medical appointment during working hours because of their...

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Third of staff with cancer feel unsupported by their employer

12 Nov 2019

One employee in three with cancer has not received sufficient support from their employer following their diagnosis, research has suggested,...

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Stage struck – occupational health in the performing arts

1 Nov 2019

Often called “the original gig economy” because of its casual, self-employed and flexible working practices, the performing arts are an...

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Just a quarter make lifestyle choices to cut cardiovascular disease risk

24 Oct 2019

Only a quarter of UK adults make conscious decisions about their health and lifestyle to reduce the risk of developing...

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SOM calls for ramping up of OH provision in response to workplace health consultation

15 Oct 2019

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published its response to the government’s consultation on improving health at work, noting...

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MPs to examine impact of endometriosis on women

8 Oct 2019

A group of MPs is to launch an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis, after research found thousands have had...

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Nurse-led scheme in Wales making the menopause more manageable

4 Oct 2019

A pioneering nurse-led scheme is offering employees of a health board in Wales access to specialist menopause clinics, as Nikki...

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Not just ‘hot flushes’ – why it’s time employers took the menopause seriously

4 Oct 2019

With up to 80% of menopausal women still of working age, the health risks and sometimes debilitating symptoms that can...

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Bringing domestic abuse out of the shadows, and how employers can make a difference

4 Oct 2019

Domestic abuse is nothing to do with employers or the workplace, right? Wrong. Some three-quarters of people who endure domestic...

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