Fit notes

A fit note is a doctor’s statement of an employee’s fitness for work. The fit note is designed to encourage employers, employees and doctors to move away from a rigid system of employees being either fit or unfit to work and towards a more flexible approach placing the emphasis on what employees are able to do at work, thus helping sick employees to return to work as soon as they are able.

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2 Oct 2018

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GPs see 13.5% increase in fit notes for mental health issues

23 Feb 2018

Thousands more fit notes were issued by GPs in England in the second quarter of last year, including a 13.5%...

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Mental health fit notes

Mental health conditions are most common diagnosis on GP fit notes

5 Oct 2017

Mental health and behavioural conditions accounted for nearly a third (31%) of all fit notes written by GPs in England...

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face....

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Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance...

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Fit notes: occupational health practitioners respond to government proposals for reform

1 Dec 2016

The Government has announced a major review of statutory sick pay, fit notes and the role employers can play in...

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“Broken” fit note and fit for work scheme face overhaul

1 Nov 2016

The Government has announced plans to overhaul the GP fit note and statutory sick pay, as well as reform the...

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Study shows GPs need more training in using Fit Note

3 Sep 2015

Many GPs need training in how best to use the fit note, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)...

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Almost half of employers think fit notes are ineffective

21 Jul 2015

Almost half of employers believe the Department of Health’s flagship fit note scheme is not helping employees return to work....

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GP federation

Are GP federations the answer to return to work after sickness absence?

29 Sep 2014

Dr Mark O’Connor gives his view on how GP federations can transform the role of GPs by supporting employees as...

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All GPs should be trained in occupational health, says manufacturers’ body

16 Jul 2014

The Government should ring-fence around £6 million of the £170 million budget it has earmarked for its new Health and...

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Study looks at how to make best use of fit note

4 Oct 2013

In a potentially groundbreaking study, researchers from Nottingham University will investigate the best way to use fit notes to facilitate...

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More action needed to reduce employee sickness absence

6 Sep 2013

The EEF calls for action on the fit note after the drop in absence rates slows.A healthy workforce is needed...

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Fit notes aid communication but vary greatly in how they are used

4 Sep 2013

Since fit notes were introduced in April 2010, they have led to greater communication between GPs, patients and employers, a...

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