The government is consulting until 19 August 2009 on a new medical fit note to replace the current sick note (details available here).

The proposed fit note requires doctors to indicate whether an employee is fit for work, unfit, or a new option of possibly fit to do some work (if some aspects of the work are changed either temporarily or permanently). If the new option is chosen, the doctor should provide additional information including the functional effects of the employee's condition and whether (in the doctor's opinion) the employee might benefit from a phased return or changes to hours, duties or workplace. The aim is to roll out the new notes in the Spring of 2010.