What is Fit for Work?
Fit for Work is a Government-funded initiative.
Fit for Work is designed to support people in work with health conditions and help with sickness absence. Being in work is an important contributor to good health. The longer someone is off sick, the harder it is for them to get back to work. Research suggests that being out of work for long periods of time is damaging to social and financial wellbeing, and health.
What does Fit for Work involve?
There are two elements to Fit for Work:
- Free, expert and impartial work-related health advice via our website and telephone line.
- Referral to an occupational health professional for employees who have been, or who are likely to be, off sick for four weeks or more.
The occupational health professional will identify obstacles preventing the employee from returning to work and produce a Return to Work Plan tailored to the employee’s needs. Referrals can be made by GPs, and employers can refer an employee if they have not yet been referred by their GP after four weeks of absence.
Fit for Work is designed to work alongside, not replace, existing occupational health services.
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Who is delivering Fit for Work?
Fit for Work is being delivered in England and Wales by Health Management Ltd and in Scotland by the Scottish Government. In Scotland the service is called Fit for Work Scotland.
The official Government guidance notes on Fit for Work can be found here.
When can I use Fit for Work?
Advice about a number of health and work-related issues is available to everyone via our Advice Hub. If you are a GP and want to refer a patient, you can do so by filling in this online form. If you are an employer and want to refer an employee, make a referral here. If you have been off work for four weeks or more and are interested in being referred, speak to your GP or employer.