Newsflash: Fit for work – website & advice line

sick leave - business man sneezingWhat do we already know?

In our August 2014 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Health and work service we updated you that the Government’s new occupational health assessment service, ‘Health and Work Service’, was due to be launched. We also told you in our October 2014 Newsletter Government reforms (2) – Health and work service now ‘fit for work’ that the service has been renamed Fit for Work “to more accurately reflect the nature and impact of the service”.

What is new?

A website and new telephone advice line have been launched for the Fit for Work service. These can be accessed here. The website and advice line are intended to allow employees and employers to obtain “free, expert and impartial work-related health advice”.

The Government has also published three guidance notes, for GPs, employers and employees, on the new Fit for Work service (FFW) available here.

However, there is currently no indication of when the referral service for employees who have been absent for four weeks or more will be available, although the website states that a phased roll-out will take place “over a period of months”.