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.

Half of staff worry about disclosing health conditions during pandemic

Almost half (47%) of employees would feel uncomfortable about telling their employer about a health concern during the coronavirus pandemic,...

Maximise use of health and wellbeing benefits available at home, employers urged

22 Apr 2020

Organisations have been urged not to overlook the health and wellbeing benefits available for employees at home, with many providers...

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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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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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‘Don’t panic’ about coronavirus, occupational health practitioners told

5 Feb 2020

A leading occupational health professional has urged practitioners to take the lead in reassuring employers and employees who may be...

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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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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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Bupa and Optima Health partner to bolster occupational health access

15 Oct 2019

Health insurance and healthcare provider Bupa has partnered with OH provider Optima Health in a move designed to expand access...

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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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Pressure to meet targets means GPs may miss health conditions

21 Jun 2019

Increasing paperwork, time pressures and a focus on meeting targets could mean that GPs are missing potentially life-threatening conditions, a...

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Over half don’t seek help after self-harming

5 Jun 2019

There has been a rise in the number of people self-harming, but more than half do not seek medical or...

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