Government reforms (3): Fit for work – roll out

sick leave - business man sneezingWhat do we already know?

In our March Newsflash Fit for work – roll out we updated you that the roll-out of the Fit for Work (FFW) referral service for GPs started on 9 March 2015 and that the intention was for the roll out to happen on a phased basis, region-by-region, so that by Autumn 2015 England and Wales should be fully covered.

What’s new?

The Fit for Work (FFW) service for GPs has been made available to all of Wales and to a number of additional areas in England, with more areas to offer the service in the future. For a roll-out map please see here.

Meanwhile, a recent survey has shown that 76% of employers and 60% of GPs remain unaware of FFW. The survey also reveals that many GPs are yet to be convinced of the impact that the service would have in reducing sickness absence levels.