Fit For Work Service
Fit for Work Service
Poor health can be one of the main barriers to people holding down a job. Even short-term health conditions, if not treated in time, can potentially lead to longer term problems and absence from work.
Our Fit for Work Service is an exemplary programme that offers personalised, back to work support to employees suffering with a mild to moderate health condition and who are in the early stages of sickness absence. It also supports the self employed and employees from SMEs (businesses employing fewer than 250), who are still in work but who are struggling with a mild to moderate health condition that is having an impact upon their ability to work. The service offers support for those living or working in the counties of Conwy & Denbighshire and takes referrals from GPs, other health professionals, employers and self referrals.
A professional team of Case Managers spend time with the clients to fully explore the issues impacting upon their ability to work. The service is able to refer to physiotherapy, counselling or other talking therapies and clients can normally be seen by a physiotherapist or counsellor/ talking therapist within 5 working days. FFWS signposts clients to other services which may be of help with matters such as relationship, drug and alcohol, debt, housing and employment mediation. If appropriate, the Case Managers can also liaise with employers to discuss such matters as a phased return to work, amended hours or duties, or workplace adjustments.
Free 3 hour training workshops are also offered for employers on a wide range of health & well-being topics such as stress management, return to work interviews, managing sickness absence, coping at work when times are hard.
Since it was established in 2010, the service has provided support for over 900 clients. Of those who were on sickness leave on entry to the Fit for Work Service and who have now been discharged, 86% are now back at work. Of those employees who were off work when they started receiving our support, 82% had returned to work after 4 to 6 weeks, with most of these still in work after six months.
The Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, so there is no cost to employers or employees. The Fit for Work Service is run in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales.
To find out more about the Fit for work Service or to make an appointment, call us on 01745 369561 or email email@example.com.