Fit for Work: guidance for employees

Guidance for employees on using Fit for Work to help them stay in or return to work.


Welsh: Ffit i Weithio Canllawiau i gyflogeion

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Fit for Work is free and helps employees stay in or return to work.

Employees can consent to their GP referring them to Fit for Work. Employees in England and Wales, will be able to give consent to their employers from autumn 2015 – employees in Scotland from spring 2015.

Find where the service is currently live and where it will be rolling out in England and Wales and in Scotland.

There are 2 elements:

  • an advice service providing health and work advice through a website and a telephone line
  • an assessment service providing an occupational health assessment and a return to work plan for employees who have been off sick from work, or are likely to be off sick from work, for 4 weeks or more

Roll-out of the referral service is taking place over a period of months. Find out more about the referral service.

This guidance aims to help employees make the best use of Fit for Work, supporting them to return to work as quickly as appropriate.

We will update this guidance regularly as referrals begin to be accepted for occupational health assessments, to reflect the roll out across Great Britain.

We have also published Fit for Work guidance for employers and guidance for GPs.

Published 2 January 2015
Last updated 8 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Replaced guidance with revised versions – Return to Work Plans issued through Fit for Work can be accepted as evidence of sickness absence by employers in exactly the same way as a GP fit note.
  2. Added information about the phased roll-out of Fit for Work in England, Scotland and Wales in 2015 and replaced PDFs.
  3. First published.