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CHSS and partners will design an integrated curriculum for health care professionals that addresses how to communicate with service users/patients about staying in and returning to work.

  • To increase health professionals’ confidence in discussing health and work with patients, having acquired the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to undertake this activity.
  • To increase the uptake of health professionals broaching the issue of Health and Work in their patient consultations, including giving professionals the capability and confidence to use the fit note as a system for practical advice as well as a process for sickness certification
  • To increase patients’ experience of feeling more supported by health professionals.
  • To increase the number of patients understanding the value of work to their own health and well-being, including their expectations of the fit note, by receiving advice from health professionals.

An external academic and professionals steering panel will include the following representatives:

Health Education England
Academic Occupational Health Physician
National Occupational Health Network Medical Schools Council

Start date: 19/10/18 End date: 31/12/17
Funder: Public Health England
Funding: £149,871


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