2016 Report details for project: Fit for Work Programme

Project name: Fit for Work Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2015, 2016
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: In January 2013, the Government published its response to a major review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain. As part of this review the Government committed to: • introduce a new Fit for Work service in England and Wales, designed to help people in work with health conditions and to support effective management of sickness absence. Research suggests that being out of work for long periods is damaging to health and financial well-being, and the longer someone is off work the harder it is to return. • deliver enablers which allow the Scottish Government to implement Fit for Work in Scotland. • abolish the Percentage Threshold Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay record keeping obligations on employers – completed in 2014. Fit for Work provides: - Advice: free, expert and impartial work-related health advice via a website and telephone line. - Assessment: referral to an occupational health professional for employees who have been off sick or who are likely to be off sick for four weeks or more.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: • The Fit for Work service was launched in December 2014, initially with introduction of the advice service, and subsequently, from March 2015, referral to an assessment by an occupational health professional. Fit for Work Scotland also launched from December 2014. • All GPs across GB can now refer their patients for an assessment by an occupational health professional. From 8 September 2015, the Service has also been extended to employers in England and Wales. • The programme has implemented an Independent Assessment Assurance Provider that provides clinical and non-clinical audit in England and Wales, and to gather customer satisfaction data across Great Britain from GPs and employers. • The number of individuals currently using the service is below the forecasted volumes. DWP and the Fit for Work supplier Health Management Limited are working closely to identify the causes and implement solutions to increase volumes.
Start date: 2013-02-27
End date: 2015-03-31
Schedule text: The Fit for Work programme was formally closed on 23 May 2016 and has been handed over to business as usual.
Baseline: £15.60m
Forecast: £14.07m
Variance: -9.82%
Variance text: The variance is associated with lower than anticipated output-related costs, which were revised following analysis of service volumes in the initial stages of live running.
Whole Life Cost: £276.36m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life cost of £276m reflects the business case as at July 2015 and largely covers on-going supplier costs to deliver the Fit for Work Service in England and Wales, and costs to support the provision of the Service in Scotland. The budgeted whole life costs have reduced as they take account of the set up and delivery costs in the finalised contract with the supplier in England and Wales.
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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