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Fit note: guidance for patients and employees

The guide explains what the fit note means and how you can use it to talk with your doctor and employer about returning to work.

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A new version of the fit note is now available but old ones can still be used. The advisory notes now include information about Fit for Work and the collection of anonymous fit note data. We will revise the guidance to reflect the changes.

This guide explains to patients and employees what different sections of the fit note mean and how they can use it to talk with their doctor and employer about returning to work.

Published 1 March 2013
Last updated 14 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added this note to the page – A new version of the fit note is now available but old ones can still be used. The advisory notes now include information about Fit for Work and the collection of anonymous fit note data. We will revise the guidance to reflect the changes.
  2. Published updated guidance.
  3. We've removed the guidance while we update it.
  4. Updated English version to include information about the new Fit for Work service.
  5. First published.