Fit For Work
- This is a Government initiative that will roll out across the UK during 2015.
- The majority of referrals to the service will be via GPs.
- The objective is to help employees return to work as quickly as possible. Statistics show the longer an employee is absent from work the lower the probability they will return.
- Employees who are likely to be off sick for four weeks or more can be referred to an occupational health professional via this service.
- With the consent of the employee the employer can refer an employee to this service.
- The first stage will be a telephone assessment which may then result in a treatment programme and return to work plan.
- If the employer chooses to support the employee and pay for the treatment included in the plan the first £500 that the employer pays will not be treated as a P11D benefit. The employer does not have to pay, it is voluntary.
Our advice for employers is:
- Review your absence policy and consider incorporating some reference to the Fit for Work service
- Agree internally if you will pay for a treatment plan from the Fit for Work Programme
- Review your existing cash plan, private medical insurance and income protection (rehabilitation services) policies to see how they would interact with any suggested treatment plans from Fit for Work.
Our employee benefit team will be happy to review your current provision and explain possible interactions with the Fit for Work Service.
For more information about this service see the Employer Guide.
Or visit the Fit For Work website.