The ‘Fit for Work’ Scheme, which aims to reduce the ‘sick note’ culture and the burden upon employers, is now operational and since early September has been available for employers across England to make referrals. Previously only GPs across the country could refer patients, if they had four weeks or more off sick, to the scheme; but now employers will also be able to recommend employees that qualify who they feel will benefit from the scheme. Referrals will result in a consultation with an occupational health profession who in most cases will help create a Return to Work Plan, aiming to replace the need for doctors to issue fit notes.
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