DWP revises fit note advice

fit notes imageThe fit note was introduced to replace the sick note on 6 April 2010.  Doctors’ issue fit notes to individuals to provide evidence of the advice the doctor has given about the individual’s fitness for work.

The Government, through the Department for Work & Pensions, has now issued new guidance for employers, employees and doctors on fit notes and their use with the key message of look at what a person can do, rather than what they cannot do.

GP’s are told ‘Your assessment about whether your patient is fit for work is about their fitness for work in general and is not job-specific’.

Employers are advised on how to use the fit note to the best advantage and reminded that GP’s are not occupational health specialists and on occasions such experts may be required.  There is also a section indicating what support is available to employers.

For further information click DWP.