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The Fit For Work service (FFW) was introduced in late 2014 as a way for the government to tackle sickness absence.
It is intended that the service will provide a free telephone and online service for employees, employers and GP's where the employee has been absent from work for four weeks.
FFW will provide advice on work-related health matters and will assist with identifying adjustments that could help the employee return to work. The service will also offer free referrals for occupational health assessments, which may also be made by employers.
FFW is yet to be used throughout the UK. However, a team of GP's in Sheffield are the first in the country to test it out. The GP's will be able to refer an employee for an Occupational Health Assessment if they have, or are expected to reach, four weeks of sickness absence. The feedback from this trial will be used when the FFW is rolled out later this year.
The Government has published some useful guidance on the FFW.