Project: Getting the best from the fit note

Peer reviewed and published

This project was submitted on 05/08/2015, published on 31/07/2015 by IOSH, and peer reviewed by Ivan Willliams

Background/Introduction
The fit note was introduced in 2010 to replace the sickness certificate and facilitate those with health
conditions to stay in work by encouraging GPs to focus on what a patient is able to do at work. However,
despite this major policy change, no research studies have been published that have evaluated the fit note
from the perspective of all the main stakeholders, namely employed patients, GPs and employers (including
human resources, line managers and occupational health practitioners). This study aimed to investigate and
reach agreement on how the fit note can best be used by all stakeholder groups to aid return to work and work
retention.

Occupational health & wellbeing, Regulation (OSH)
Healthcare

Organisation: University of Nottingham

University
School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
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Nottingham,
Nottingham,
NG7 2HA,
United Kingdom
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Principal Investigator: Dr Carol Coole, PhD

Other Researchers: Professor Avril Drummond, PhD
Professor Paul Watson, PhD
Dr Fiona Nouri, PhD
Mrs Iskra Potgieter, MSc

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