Fit for Work Scheme

With their consent, GPs in the roll out areas can refer employed patients who have been, or are likely to be, off sick from work for four weeks or more for an occupational health assessment.
The occupational health professional will identify obstacles preventing the employee from returning to work. A Return to Work Plan will be agreed providing recommendations tailored to the employee’s needs, which can replace the need for a fit note.

Locally, a company called Apodi is contacting practices across the area to introduce the service as part of their engagement plan, they have been commissioned to carry out assessment work by DWP.

The latest guidance on this (2017) can be found on the Nottinghamshire Fit For Work Service website.