Research and analysis

Fit for Work Service pilots 2010 to 2013: final evaluation report

This research evaluates the effectiveness of pilots to help employees return to work after a period of sickness absence.

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Evaluation of the 2010 to 2013 Fit for Work Service pilots: final report

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Summary: Evaluation of the 2010 to 2013 Fit for Work Service pilots: final report

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The research evaluates the effectiveness of the Fit for Work Service pilots in their second and third years. It provides information on:

  • client satisfaction
  • self-assessed health improvements
  • pilot costs
  • preliminary estimates of the pilots’ impact on returns to work
  • operational lessons from across the pilots

We published an evaluation of the pilots in their first year in 2012.

The pilots were introduced to test a variety of service models. They were set up following Dame Carol Black’s 2008 review of sickness absence Working for a healthier tomorrow: work and health in Britain.

We have used the 2 evaluations to inform how we implement Fit for Work. This is a new national independent health and work advice and referral service, introduced at the end of 2014.

Authors: Jim Hillage, Matt Williams, Rosa Marvell, Chris Shiels, Mark Gabbay, Kath Weston and Ioan Humphreys

Published 25 June 2015