Fit for Work Scotland, the new government-provided occupational health service, has announced that due to the level of demand and interest in its assessment service it can now accept phone referrals ahead of the launch of the online referral form (which will be available sometime later this year). To be eligible for a work focused assessment the employee should: be in paid employment; have been absent from work for four weeks or more; and have given their consent to the referral to Fit for Work Scotland.
The purpose of the Fit for Work assessment is to help an employee back to work more quickly, and thereby reducing some business costs and increasing productivity. The assessments are free and there is the possibility of claiming a tax exemption of up to £500 per employee to pay for interventions recommended by Fit for Work Scotland.
While the service is in its infancy, it is hoped that the potential benefits of the service will be realised.
You can find out more about the service here: