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First referrals for Fit for Work service

Workplace Savings and Benefits have reported that 20 GPs in Sheffield are the first in the country to be able to refer patients to the Fit for Work (FfW) service being provided by service provider Health Management, with further rollout across the country planned for in the spring designed to build on the experiences from the Sheffield group. The GPs will be referring patients who have either already been, or are expected to be, absent from work for at least four weeks. As we reported in the 16 January News Update, the first stage of the Fit for Work service has gone live with the launch of online advice for employers, employees and GPs. However, employers are not yet able to actually refer employees who have been off work for four weeks.

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