The Fit for Work referral service is now live in Blackpool.
It will help address the negative impact long term sickness has on the productivity and profitability of practices in the region.
Fit for Work offers free, expert and impartial advice to help support patients with health, personal or work matters affecting their return to work after four weeks or more of sickness absence. Once a patient has given explicit and informed consent to be referred, they will be contacted within two working days by phone. The occupational health professional will carry out a biopsychosocial assessment and work with the patient to agree a Return to Work Plan that is centred on their needs. If the patient consents to their plan being shared, the employer can accept it as sufficient medical information replacing the need for a fit note.
For more information please visit www.FitforWork.org/GP/