Healthcare professionals: information from DWP

Information that GPs and other healthcare professionals need to help us provide benefits and welfare services.

We’ve published this guidance and information to help healthcare professionals in their dealings with patients and the department.

There is good evidence that work promotes physical and mental well-being. Advice from healthcare professionals can affect whether people are absent from work, for how long and whether they take steps to return to work. Their advice also helps us to make sure disabled people receive the right support.

We’ve also published a collection of evidence, research and policy papers related to health and work.

Fit notes

Guidance on completing fit notes is published separately.

Guidance for health care professionals

Information for health care professionals

Forms for use by healthcare professionals

Published 9 October 2011
Last updated 19 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. 'Severe Disability Group test: information for clinicians' has been added to the HCP guidance section.

  2. First published.