Fit for Work ? A New Service from 1st October 2015
Launched today, 1st October 2015, Fit for Work is a government-funded initiative designed to support employees with health conditions and sickness absence. It provides free advice via its Website and via its telephone advice line 0800 032 6235. An employer or a GP, can make a referral only if the employee agrees. There will be a telephone assessment by an occupational health professional with the aim, in appropriate cases, of agreeing a Return to Work Plan.
A referral by an employer can be made when the employee has been absent for 4 weeks or more. A GP can refer a patient (who is in employment) if they are, or are likely to be, off sick for four weeks or more.
Further information is available at the Fit for Work website.