The Government believes that it is important to support people with health conditions to return to appropriate work as soon as possible. There is strong evidence that long periods out of work are associated with poor mental and physical health, increased use of health services and poverty. The longer someone is off work, the lower their chances of getting back to work. Work has also been shown to have therapeutic value and is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being.
The fit note enables doctors to provide more useful advice to their patients about the effects of their health condition and how they might be able to return to work while they recover.
The Statement of Fitness for Work was developed in partnership with employer, medical and employee representative groups based on the consultation “Reforming the Medical Statement”.