A key part of your role, as a GP supporting your patient in their return to work, is certifying your patient’s capacity for work. Before you, your patient and their employer can create a tailored return to work program, you have to be clear about your patient’s capacity and consider which duties would be suitable for them. Here are some resources to help you make this assessment.

Assessing psychosocial risks

For general guidance on how to certify musculoskeletal injuries, read our Certifying capacity for work – musculoskeletal injuries (PDF)brochure.

You can also use these internationally recognised assessment tools to assess psychosocial factors and identify risks that may delay your patient’s recovery and return to work.

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