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The Fit Note

The Statement of Fitness to Work (or 'Fit Note') replaced the Medical Certificate (or 'Sick Note') in April 2010.

The Fit Note enables your GP can give you advice to help you return to work. This is because work can play an important part in helping people to recover from illness or injury.

With the fit note, your GP can choose one of two options:

  • you are ‘not fit for work'

  • you ‘may be fit for work'

The fit note also includes:

  • more space for your GP to give general advice about the impact of your illness or injury

  • tick boxes for your GP to suggest, where appropriate, common ways in which your employer could support your return to work

Visit the NHS Choices website for more information.