Fit for Work Scotland (FfWS) is a free advice and assessment service designed to help individuals return to work after a period of sickness absence. Over 130 million days are lost to sickness absence every year and it is well recognised that being out of work for long periods of time is damaging to health and financial well-being.
Delivered by NHS Scotland, FfWS aims to help GPs and employers reduce sickness absence and maintain workplace health, while supporting employees to return to work in a way that is right for them.
How does it work?
As well as providing free, impartial advice on all aspects of workplace health through a dedicated website and advice line, FfWS allows GPs and Employers to refer eligible individuals for a telephone assessment with a specially trained Health Professional. The assessment identifies obstacles preventing a return to work and generates a tailored Return to Work Plan designed to address each obstacle with agreed recommendations, supporting employees to return to work in a way that is right for them.
Who can be referred?
To be referred for assessment by either a GP or employer, the employee must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- In work
- Four or more weeks sickness absence
- Consent to referral
(Referral to the service is voluntary and obtaining consent to refer an employee is essential.)
For more information on how FfWS can help reduce sickness absence and support workplace health contact:
- the Advice line: 0800 019 2211 (Mon-Fri, 9-5)
- visit www.fitforworkscotland.scot
- Twitter: @fitforworkscot
Last Updated on 6th July 2016 by Scottish Care