Fit note

This collection brings together all documents relating to the fit note (Statement of fitness for work).


  1. Guidance

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work.

Fit notes allow doctors to advise that a person:

  • may be fit for work, taking into account the doctor’s advice
  • is not fit for work

Doctors use fit notes to record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition. This is so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work.

Fit notes can be hand-written or computer-generated and printed out. Fit notes are issued by GPs, or by a hospital doctor if a patient is receiving treatment in hospital.

The guidance on this page is for:

  • GPs
  • employers and line managers
  • hospital doctors
  • occupational health practitioners

If you’re a patient or employee, you can find out more about the fit note and taking sick leave on GOV.UK.

We’ve produced guidance about other health and work issues for: