The fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) is the form issued by Doctors to people when they are ill or injured. The fit note, which is usually required for absences of more than seven days, is a record of advice from your employee’s doctor. It is not legally binding for you or your employee.
The fit note system means that doctors can recommend that a person ‘may’ be fit for work, rather than stating conclusively that a person is or isn’t fit to work. As well as recommending whether someone may be fit to work, the fit note allows GPs to give general advice about the impact of their patients’ (and your employees’) health issues and how they may affect what they can do at work.
GPs can also use the fit note to suggest common ways for you to support your employees’ return to work. If work may be a contributing factor to your employees’ sickness absence, they may also recommend an occupational health assessment.
The evidence is clear that people benefit from being in some regular work. Engaging in routine work improves mental and physical health and can aid recovery. As a practice, we encourage patients to rehabilitate into employment. We work closely with patients, government agencies and employers where possible to help patients in following ways.
Where a person is assessed as potentially fit for work a GP will provide guidance on how you can support their return to work.
This could include:
- a phased return to work;
- amended duties;
- reduced, or altered hours, to ease their work-life balance;
- workplace adjustments – such as modified workstations or adjustments to premises.
Although the GP’s recommendations are likely to help your employee return to work and reduce unnecessary sickness absence, you are not legally obliged to accept them.
If you can’t make the suggested changes or choose not to make them, your employee should treat the fit note as if it said they are not fit for work.
As a practice, we follow Fit note guidance for GP’s
If you feel that your health is affecting your capacity to work, please discuss with the doctor.
You do not need a fit note for the first seven calendar days of a patient’s sickness absence. Patients can self-certify for this period.
If you need a sick note, please fill in the form below. The doctor would contact you and make an appropriate decision based on your condition and its effect on your capacity to work. It is likely that for the first sick note you would be asked to book an appointment with the doctor. We do understand as practice your health may affect your ability to work post-surgery/ after an injury/ during hospital treatment/ long-term sickness and it may not be appropriate to attend the surgery for a sick note. Please fill in the form below, and we would make an appropriate decision after contacting you, hospital doctor or reviewing medical documents including hospital discharge summaries.
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