The Government has announced a new health advice service designed to help around 300,000 people a year stay in work and avoid becoming trapped on benefits.
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Economic development expert David Kirkham argues that employing young people is not only good for the national economy but, as a result of the government’s £1 billion Youth Contract, offers excellent bottom line benefits for businesses that engage with the incentives available.
The Nottinghamshire service that helps people with health problems to get back into the workplace helped 500 clients last financial year. However, Nottinghamshire Fit for Work says that much more is possible in the City and county.
A Leicestershire healthcare team has been short-listed for a top national award by the world renowned medical publishers, the BMJ Group. The Leicestershire Fit for Work Service have reached the final four in the “Working in Partnership” category of the BMJ Awards which are the equivalent of the “Oscars” of the medical world. The final decision on the awards will be made at a ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on May 23rd.
A pilot service that helps people at risk of long term sickness absence to return to work, has just received its 1000th referral from the GPs and other health professionals working in Leicestershire. Leicestershire Fit for Work was established as a pilot programme funded by central government in 2010. The objective of the pilot was to demonstrate the effectiveness of early intervention to help people return to work who were otherwise likely to fall into a pattern of long term sickness absence and subsequently lose their employment.
Integra Communications has been appointed to undertake a short term project for the “Fit for Work” services in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The services are part of a national pilot scheme testing the proposition that providing early intervention on a case management basis can prevent those who are off work on long term sick from losing their jobs and becoming benefit claimants. Integra Communications has been appointed to raise awareness of the service among businesses in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to enable interventions to be made to support their employees as required.