GP-led service helped seven in 10 patients avoid long term sickness absence

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6191
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Just under seven out of 10 patients in Leicestershire who were potentially heading for long term sickness absence have been helped to stay in work after being referred by their general practitioner to the county’s fit for work service.

Rob Hampton, a portfolio GP who runs the service, told the BMJ that 94% of general practices in Leicestershire had referred patients who had been off work for four weeks to the service, with 63% referring five patients or more.

The service was one of six pilot schemes funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, but the only one that was GP led.

Hampton told the BMJ, “The idea was …

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