Employees with health conditions - Healthy Working Lives

Employees with health conditions

Services that are available for employees with health conditions

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Working Health Services Scotland

If any of your employees has a health condition which is impacting on their work, they could benefit from Working Health Services Scotland (WHSS).  

WHSS provides free and confidential advice and health support for the self-employed and people working in companies with less than 250 employees.

About WHSS

The service aims to help

  • employees manage their condition and remain at work
  • a return to work if a short period of sickness absence occurs
  • prevent them having further periods of sickness.

Where necessary, the programme can provide quick access to

  • counselling
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy.

Who it helps

Employees can refer themselves to WHSS. To be eligible for this service your employee must be

  • self-employed, at work or absent from work for any length of time
  • employed by a company of 250 employees or less and been at work or absent for any length of time.

How it helps

Employees will be assigned a case manager to help them through the process. A case manager will

  • complete a comprehensive assessment
  • develop an action plan
  • co-ordinate treatment
  • liaise with GPs, if required, and other relevant professionals.

The case manager may also provide signposting to services for help and advice on issues such as

  • housing
  • employment
  • debt management.

All treatments and interventions are delivered in local community venues whenever possible.

Contact

To self-refer or if you need further information please call our adviceline on 0800 019 2211.​

You can also self-refer for the service using the self-referral form on our service partner's site.

Self refer for WHSS (external site)

Longer term absences

If you or an employee has been, or is likely to be, absent for 4 weeks or longer, you can go to our Supporting a return to work page to find out more.

Find out more about supporting a return to work