The Pathfinder Healthcare Developments CIC writes this about their Fit for Work Programme:
Fit for Work – joining up health and work to prevent long-term sickness absence
It is estimated that the annual economic cost of ill-health in terms of working days lost and worklessness is over £100 billion – equivalent to the annual running costs of the NHS. The Confederation of British Industry estimated that 172 million working days were lost in 2007 due to absence, costing employers £13 billion.
As part of the Government’s aim to improve the health and well-being of the working-age population, PHD has formed a partnership with Ingeus to deliver Fit for Work – a free service that supports employed people who are struggling to manage their health condition at work, and those in the early stages of sickness absence so they can return to work more quickly than they otherwise would.
Why is Fit for Work important?
Evidence shows that once an individual is out of work for health reasons it is likely that their health will worsen and the longer they remain out of work, the more difficult it is for them to return.