Pay clinicians to get patients back to work, say employers

More than 75 per cent of employers believe primary care clinicians should be paid to provide advice on getting patients who are off sick back to work, a survey shows.

A total of 625 businesses responded to the quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Thirty-eight per cent said changing GP contracts ‘to incentivise them to work more closely with patients’ employers and provide advice on phased returns to work’ would be ‘very effective’, and the same proportion said it would be ‘fairly effective’.

Around 80 per cent of employers also backed updating sick notes to include information about how to help patients return to work, and more training for GPs in this area.

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