Make a referral to the Fit for Work service
NOTE: The Fit for Work service in England and Wales no longer accepts referrals. Any employees already referred to the service before 15 December 2017 will continue to receive a service for up to 90 days. Fit for Work Scotland is still accepting referrals (for employees who live in Scotland). A government announcement on 30 November 2017 stated that the Fit for Work assessment service in Scotland will come to an end on 31 May 2018.
- Fit for Work is a Government-funded service that provides free assessments by an occupational health professional for employees on sickness absence and recommends steps to enable them to return to work.
- An employer can make a referral to the service, provided that the employee has been off sick for the required length of time and meets the other eligibility requirements.
- If an employer has access to its own occupational health provider, it should consider the pros and cons of using the Fit for Work service instead of, or in addition to, its own advisers.