Fit note

Guidance for GPs, employers, hospital doctors and occupational health practitioners on using fit notes (statements of fitness for work).

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work.

If you’re a patient or employee, read

If an employee has been unfit for work for 4 weeks or more (or is likely to be), their GP or employer can refer them to Fit for Work – a new government occupational health service. This aims to reduce long-term sick leave by helping the employee develop a Return To Work Plan that’s tailored to their individual needs.

More guidance about health and work issues is available for:

Fit note guidance

  1. Fit note: guidance for patients and employees

    • Guidance
  2. Fit note: guidance for GPs

    • Guidance
  3. Fit note: guidance for employers and line managers

    • Guidance
  4. Fit note: guidance for occupational health professionals

    • Guidance
  5. Fit note: guidance for hospital doctors

    • Guidance