fit note

Dame Carol Black: “The workplace capability assessment has not been a success”

Earlier this month Dame Carol Black – Government advisor, doctor, Principal of Newham College at the University of Cambridge and Read More

EEF Fit for work explained

Launched at this year’s Safety & Health Expo, EEF’s latest sickness absence survey suggests that long-term sickness absence levels are Read More

EEF calls for new approach to ‘fit note’

The government’s flagship ‘fit note’ scheme for getting people back to work has failed to deliver five years on from Read More

Sick-note culture persists despite record absence low, CBI claims

Absence from work in the UK has dropped to a record low, according to the latest workplace absence survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), yet the organisation believes the 'sick-note' culture is still prevalent. Read More

Summit called as manufacturers lose faith in fit note

Nearly half of manufacturers disagree that the advice they have received from GPs about employees' fitness for work has improved in the last year, prompting trade organisation EEF to call on the Government to convene a summit of employers and medical professionals to address the issue. Read More

DWP issues revised fit-note guidance

The Government has published updated guidance on the use of fit notes to assist workers on sick leave return to work. Read More

SHE 12 – Still a long way to go on occupational health, experts agree

Employers don't really need to worry about the health and well-being of their staff, visitors to the Occupational Health Theatre at Safety & Health Expo heard today (15 May) Read More

Jump in long-term absence sparks concerns

Short-term absence rates have begun to plateau, while stress, anxiety and depression have resulted in a rise in long-term sickness absence for many companies, a major survey of the manufacturing industry has found. Read More

“Compelling case” to refer long-term sick for independent assessment

A new independent assessment service should be set up to help individuals with health problems, and those at risk of extended sickness absence, return to work. Read More

GPs still opposed to providing occupational-health advisory role

The success of the fit note is being compromised, in part, by GPs' reluctance and lack of confidence in suggesting workplace changes to help patients return to work, new research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has found. Read More

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