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Fit for Work Scheme - updated guidance for GPs

Following low referral rates, the assessments service, which provides occupational health assessments for employees at risk of long-term sickness absence in England and Wales will end on:

  • 31 March 2018 (no further referrals will now be taken)

The assessments service, which provides occupational health assessments for employees at risk of long-term sickness absence in Scotland will end on:

  • 31 May 2018

Existing eligible referrals that have been made up to the cut off point will receive the full support for up to three months.

Employers, employees and GPs can find further general health and work advice, as well as support on sickness absence at Fit for Work

 

Background to the scheme

The Government's Fit for Work service was launched in December 2014 and was intended to be a patient referral service for GPs.

The Government made clear the introduction of the scheme was aimed at tackling the significant number of days lost to sickness every year.

Health Management Limited was appointed as the supplier to deliver Fit for Work in England and Wales. Fit for Work Scotland was delivered by the Scottish Government, on behalf of the UK Government.

The latest Department for Work and Pensions guidance on the service aimed at GP, employers and employees is now available.

Download the guidance