The Department for Work and Pensions have published new plans to help more people with long term health conditions to get back into their jobs faster and for longer. Under the plans set out in a Green Paper, Statutory Sick Pay will be reviewed so it better encourages supportive conversations and phased returns to work. Consideration is also being given to extending fit notes from doctors to other healthcare professionals to help ensure people receive more tailored support. The plans also include developing large scale trials on how health-led services and support can help get disabled people and those with long-term conditions back into work, with a specific focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions and encouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of work.
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