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.


One in five ‘long Covid’ sufferers still unable to work after six months

Many people suffering with ‘long Covid’ are still unable to fully work six months after their initial coronavirus infection, according...

BHSF conducts 3,500 remote health assessments for pandemic-hit firms

16 Dec 2020

Health and wellbeing provider BHSF has conducted 3,500 ‘contact free’ return-to-work medical assessments in the past six months.
Its occupational...

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Four in 10 fit notes issued for mental health

7 Dec 2020

Mental ill health accounted for four in 10 fit notes issued by GPs during the first lockdown in the spring,...

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‘Sustainable workplace health strategies’ needed to tackle long-term health risks

13 Nov 2020

The UK should put in place ‘Sustainable Workplace Health Strategies’ for each of its nations, the British Occupational Hygiene Society...

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Healthcare staff need more information to treat ‘long Covid’

15 Oct 2020

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

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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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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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‘Tens of thousands’ may experience kidney problems after Covid-19

17 Sep 2020

A renal specialist has warned that ‘tens of thousands’ of people who have had Covid-19 may require kidney transplants or...

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Thousands of stroke survivors missing out on rehabilitation

17 Sep 2020

The estimated 35,000 people who survived a stroke during the pandemic are in need of more support, with many missing...

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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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Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: September 2020

4 Sep 2020

Fifth of doctors consume “potentially hazardous” levels of alcohol
Twenty per cent of doctors in a survey of 109 working...

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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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More than a million people awaiting NHS surgery

15 Jul 2020

The number of NHS patients admitted for routine operations dropped by 82% in May, prompting doctors to warn of a...

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Virtual physiotherapy sessions should be used more widely post-Covid, study finds

14 Jul 2020

Virtual physiotherapy services should be seen as a viable alternative to in-person sessions beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, with research finding...

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Two-thirds of outdoor workers say firms don’t offer skin cancer protection help

10 Jul 2020

Almost two-thirds of outdoor workers say their employer does not do enough to help protect them against non-melanoma skin cancer...

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