Government launches Fit for Work scheme

The Government is now rolling out the new Fit to Work scheme, which is a funded occupational health service whose purpose is to help employers manage sickness absence in the workplace.

There are two elements to the scheme.

Firstly, there is information available both on the website ( and via an advice line (0800 032 6235), and this is available to employers, employees and GPs.

Secondly, there will be a phased roll out of an occupational health referral service in which employers can refer employees who have been off sick for four weeks or more. Specialist occupational health professionals will identify barriers that are preventing an employee from returning to work and produce a return to work plan to help facilitate a return.

For more information contact Clare Nicolaou

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