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Fit Notes

The Statement of Fitness for Work, or 'fit note', is a Medical Statement issued by GPs. It has replaced the old 'sick note' and is intended to focus on what an employee may be able to do at work, rather than what they cannot do.

What's different about the fit note?

The old sick note allowed GPs to either say someone 'should refrain from work' or 'need not refrain from work'. The fit note offers the option of 'may be fit for work taking account of the following advice'.

A doctor can suggest ways of helping an employee get back to work, such as:

  • a phased return to work
  • flexible working
  • amended duties
  • workplace adaptations

The doctor can also provide general details of the functional effect of the emloyee's condition.

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