Fit notes

Fit notes will be brought into effect from April 2010 and are a replacement for sick notes.

The information that doctors will be asked to provide means that instead of giving patients a sick note saying they are too ill to work, they will be able to advise whether a person may be fit for work with some help and support, and what employers can do to assist in this process. Assistance could include a phased return to work, altered hours, amended duties or workplace adaptations. According to the advice given on the Business link website: If a doctor uses this option