Good Work, Good Health - Help For You

Everyone struggles with health worries at some time or another but sometimes it can feel overwhelming and can affect your work. When it feels like this, talking to someone who can help can make a huge difference. This page is to help point you in the right direction if you are off sick or struggling to remain in work due to ill health. The information on this page was gathered by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health, Employment and Health Team.

Taking Sick Leave

Employees must give their employer a doctor's 'fit note' if they are off work for more than 7 days in a row. This means that your doctor may recommend a return to work with some adjustments to support you back into work. You do not require a doctor's certificate for illnesses lasting 7 days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website. Your physiotherapist may also provide a Fitness for Work report which can make recommendations to your employer.

Fit For Work Scotland

Fit for Work Scotland is a free advice and assessment service designed to help people return to work after sickness absence lasting up to 4 weeks. Referral is through your GP or employer and the service is provided through the Fit for Work Scotland website and a free advice line. 0800 019 2211 option 2 or

Working Health Services Scotland 

This is an NHS service that provides free and confidential advice and health support for people who are self-employed or working in companies with 250 or less employees and have a health condition or injury which they feel is affecting their work. The service aims to support people to remain at work or assist in returning to work (for absences of 3 weeks or less). 0800 019 2211 option 3 or

Access to Work

This is a UK goverment funded service that gives practical and financial advice and support to disabled people and people with long term physical or mental health conditions, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment.

Healthy Working Lives

A service for employers and employees in Scotland providing free, expert and confidential advice, guidance and support on health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. You can phone or visit their website. 0800 019 2211 option 1 or

NHS Inform

Scotland's national health information service website provides information on illnesses and health conditions, treatments, healthy living and patient rights.


ACAS provides employment related support to both employees and employers to try and resolve workplace problems. Support includes advice, training, conciliation services and information on work relates issues including employment law and the Equality Act (2010) 0300 123 1100 or

Health and Wellbeing Directory 

A comprehensive list of information and support services available in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. The website can be searched by health topic or by area, e.g. money advice.

The Support and Information Service 

A service provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with centres in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, New Victoria and Stobhill hospitals available to all hospital users including patients, visitors and staff. A wide range of information is available including advice on money and employment.

Breathing Space

A free confidential phone line you can call if you're feeling down or anxious about anything 0800 83 85 87 6pm-2am Monday-Thursday, 6pm-6am (24 hours) Friday-Monday

Find Your Credit Union

Provides information about credit unions and the savings, loans and other financial products they supply. The website also allows you to search for local credit unions.

Home Energy Scotland

This is a free advice line service funded by the Scottish Government, to help people save energy and money and make their home warmer. 0808 808 2282

The Money Advice Service

Information, resources and calculators to help you plan, budget and save money. There is also free money and debt advice and support available online or over the phone. 0800 138 7777

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