By Mumtaz Lalani, Pamela Meadows, Hilary Metcalf and Heather Rolfe
This report forms part of a programme of evaluation to gather evidence on the use of the Statement of Fitness for Work (fit note). On 6 April 2010 the government implemented the fit note across Great Britain to help people who are off sick get back to work as quickly possible.
The study was based on qualitative research with a purposive sample of 54 employing organisations that had some experience of using the fit note. It explores the experiences and outcomes of the fit note from the perspectives of employers and employees to understand how these differ across businesses or organisations. The study involved interviews with employer representatives and employees conducted between March and July 2011.