Need help to support an employee’s health?

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cumbria and Lancashire are invited to take part in a trial of a new online service called ‘Get a workplace health assessment to support an employee’s health and disability’.

This is being trialled by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The service aims to help SMEs with the costs of workplace health assessments for their employees.

Eligible SMEs can:

● get a code for an 80% discount on workplace health assessments for all employees
● search for a private sector workplace health provider to do the assessment

After the discount, an assessment will cost between £20 and £80.

Benefits to your business

Assessments help you understand how to support your employee’s health at work. This could help save you money in the future by:

• reducing absences
• increasing productivity

Benefits to an employee

An assessment can help an employee:

• return to work
• get expert advice
• get any support they might need

What is a workplace health assessment?

If an employee is finding it difficult to work because of their health, they can get a workplace health assessment. This is also known as an occupational health assessment.

A workplace health assessment is different from a doctor’s report. It focuses on an employee’s work environment.

A health professional will talk to an employee about how their job might be affecting their health or how their health may be impacting their work.

After an assessment, you will get advice about free or funded support your employee needs to stay in, or return to work.

Check if you are eligible

SMEs with 1 to 49 employees
You can use this service if you meet one of these conditions:

● your yearly turnover is £10.2 million or less
● your yearly balance sheet is £5.1 million or less

SMEs with 50 to 250 employees
You can use this service if you meet one of these conditions:

● your yearly turnover is £36 million or less
● your yearly balance sheet is £18 million or less

Join the trial
If you think your company is eligible use https://bit.ly/cumbria-lep-whas to take part in the trial.

You only need to tell us your email address and where your company is based at this stage.

DWP will then send you further information about the scheme and how to apply. The application process takes between 3-5 minutes.

Why DWP needs personal information and how we treat it

DWP needs personal information for the purpose of performing our functions as a government department.

We take data protection seriously and treat personal information carefully. To find out more about how we use information and for what purposes, please visit our DWP Personal Information Charter at www.gov.uk/dwp/personal-information-charter.