Fit for Work Scotland – Helping Support Employees Back to Work
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 NHSScotland, 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?
Advice and Assessment
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, facilitating an effective and sustained return to work.
The RTWP can be shared with the employer and GP with the employees consent and also provides evidence of fitness to work, replacing the need for further fit notes to be issued.
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
- Valid fit note
- Consent to referral
Referral to the service is voluntary and obtaining consent to refer an employee is essential.
Why use FFWS?
|Easy access to expert advice for patients
Improved outcomes for patients – quicker return to work
RTWP reduce the need for further fit notes
|Free service delivered by NHSScotland
Access to expert advice and information
Help to manage the impact of sickness absence
Possible tax exemption of up to £500 per person, per year for medical treatment
|Help to return to work in a way that suits them
Tailored return to work plan specific to their needs
Improved health and personal wellbeing
For more information on how FfWS can help reduce sickness absence and support workplace health:
Advice line: 0800 019 2211