In today’s dynamic work environment, prioritising employee wellbeing is crucial for employee happiness, workplace culture and organisational success.

Shocking statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal the scale of work-related health issues: 1.8 million workers suffered ill health in 2022/2023, with stress, depression, and anxiety as major contributors. Considering workplace injuries and ill health cost the UK £20.7 billion annually, it’s evident how important being fit for work is.

HSE’s chief executive Sarah Albon said: “Preventing or tackling work-related stress can provide significant benefits to employees, improving their experience of work and their overall health; and also to employers, including increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and reduced staff turnover.”

 

Fit for work: An overview  

“Fit for work” is a term used to describe an individual’s capacity to perform their job effectively and safely without posing a risk to themselves or others. Fit for work assessments consider various factors, including physical and mental health capabilities and any specific requirements of the job role.

The objective of determining if someone is “fit for work” is to promote a safe and healthy work environment, reduce the risk of workplace injuries, and support employee wellbeing.

  

When is it important to evaluate an employee’s fitness to work?

Many scenarios necessitate evaluating an employee’s fitness for work, including:

  • Pre-employment
  • Return to work after a period of absence
  • Health concerns or injuries
  • Safety-critical roles to ensure compliance with safety regulations
  • Performance or behavioural concerns
  • To monitor employee health

 

Who can determine fitness for work?

Currently, GPs can assess fitness for work and can recommend different duties or shorter hours to enable an employee to make a phased return to the workplace.

However, Occupational health clinicians are specifically trained to assess fitness for work. They can recommend specific workplace adjustments, especially concerning the Equality Act 2010, to ensure all employees are fully supported in their roles, regardless of any health concerns they may have.

 

How can I check if my employee is fit for work?

At Medigold, we offer a range of tailored fitness-for-work services:

 

Case management assessments

Our case management assessments provide personalised support and guidance. Working closely with the employee and employer, we will facilitate a successful return to work after absence due to illness or injury.

 

Pre-employment placements

Our pre-employment assessments evaluate candidates’ overall health and fitness levels and any specific requirements for the role, giving you confidence that you are making the right hiring decisions and reducing the risk of workplace injuries or accidents.

 

Fitness for work medicals

Dedicated fitness-for-work medical assessments provide a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s health status and ability to perform their job duties safely and effectively. Whether assessing physical fitness, evaluating mental health, or identifying any underlying medical conditions that may impact job performance, our fitness for work medicals give you the insight you need to ensure your employees are fit for duty.

 

 

Are you ready to ensure your employees are fit for work?

For more information on our fitness for work services or to contact our friendly team, click here.