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Supporting staff attendance

What you should do to prepare for an employee to return to work following a period of absence

​When an employee is absent from work for a period of time there are recommended steps that you can take as an employer to assist their return.

Use the links below to find information on supporting a return to work for your employees and support services that can help both you and your employees.

  1. 1. Supporting a return to work
  2. 2. Support employees with long term conditions
  3. 3. Manage the return to work process
  4. 4. Support services

4. Support services

Self-referral services

Working Health Services Scotland is a service for employees that aims to help them stay at work whilst managing their health condition or return to work if a short episode of ill health occurs.

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

Find out about Working Health Services Scotland

Other sources of support

There are other individuals and organisations that can support employers and employees when they need it.

These include

  • health professionals – such as diabetic nurse; MS nurse
  • workplace health professionals such as occupational therapists, occupational health advisors and physiotherapists
  • job centre work coaches
  • Access to Work
  • charities – such as MacMillan Cancer Support; See Me; Breathing Space; Diabetes UK – this list is not exhaustive and if your employee does have a diagnosed health condition it is worth investigating if there is a charity associated with the health condition that can provide support.

For more details visit our Support for employees with health conditions page