Bereavement Leave Policies in the UK Armed Forces

Standard Approach There is a standard approach across the single Services to bereavement leave, which is covered by the use of Compassionate leave, and is outlined in ‘Joint Service Publication (JSP) 760: Tri-Service Regulations for Leave and Other Types of Absence’. The authorisation and duration of compassionate leave rests with the individual’s Commanding Officer (CO),… Read More


Military Personnel: Military Concussion Research & the Return to Work Metric

Research Paper Title “Return to duty” as an outcome metric in military concussion research: Problems, pitfalls, and potential solutions. Background “Return to duty” (RTD) is often used as an outcome metric in military concussion research, but is inconsistently defined across studies and presents several key problems to researchers. Using results from the Defense and Veterans… Read More

What is the Long-term Capacity to Return to Work following Gunshot Injury?

Research Paper Title Occupational outcomes following combat-related gunshot injury: Cohort study. Background The long-term impact of gun violence on physical function and occupational disability remains poorly explored. The researchers sought to examine the effect of combat-related gunshot injury on work capacity within a cohort of military service members and identify clinical characteristics that influence the… Read More

Patellofemoral Instability & Returning to Military Duty

Research Paper Title Anteromedializing Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy for Patellofemoral Instability: Occupational and Functional Outcomes in U.S. Military Service Members. Abstract This article sought to determine rates for return to work, pain relief, and recurrent patellofemoral instability for military service members undergoing tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) for persistent lateral patellar subluxation or dislocation. Patient demographic and… Read More

Return to Work & Military Combat-related Amputees

Research Paper Title Return-to-duty Rates among US Military Combat-related Amputees in the Global War on Terror: Job Description Matters. Background The purpose of this study was to identify the differences seen between military occupation services (MOS) in terms of amputation patterns, subsequent disabling conditions, and their ability to return to duty. Methods A retrospective study… Read More

Fit Notes Don’t Fit the Bill for Business

It is has been more than three years since the ‘sick note’ was replaced by the ‘fit note’, in a bid to hasten the return to work of ill employees to the workplace. However, the new system is not in the best of health, according to research from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, which found that… Read More

MSK Disorders & Return to Work

Encouraging patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders to return to work early on a part time basis is better than if they stay off work altogether. A Finnish randomised controlled study of 60 patients reports that such ‘part time sick leave’ did not exacerbate pain related symptoms and functional disability, and improved self rated general health… Read More