Getting the most out of Fit Notes

The DWP has recently published some guidance on how to get the most out of fit notes. There is a general consensus amongst employers that fit notes have not assisted with managing sickness absence to the extent that most people had hoped.

Unfortunately, the guidance itself will not stop GPs from simply signing employees off work without giving the necessary details, but it might help employers understand how fit notes can (and should) be used to reduce absence levels.