Fit for Work update
24 April 2015
The Fit for Work referral service has commenced for GPs in Sheffield and the Betsi Cadwaladr health board areas and will be rolling out for GPs across England and Wales over the coming months.
Later this year, employers will also be able to make referrals on behalf of their employees.
Fit for Work has reported that the first six weeks of full operation in the referral areas has gone well so far. The online resources are proving very popular, and many people are making use of the guides on the advice hub to find out more about a variety of topics, including:
- adjustments for those experiencing mental health issues
- sickness absence
- phased return to work
- tackling work-related stress
Website sign-ups and telephone enquiries to Fit for Work are coming in thick and fast, and, most importantly, many GPs in referring areas have begun making referrals on behalf of their patients as they see the benefits of integrating Fit for Work referrals into their working practices.