The Department for Work and Pensions has published revised fit note guidance.

What does this mean?

Fit notes are intended to capture medical advice clearly for patients and employers so that they can consider whether to make any changes to accommodate a return to work. The emphasis is on what staff can do at work, rather than on diagnosis and symptoms. The guidance for employers and line managers explains the different sections of the fit note, what employers should do if they are given a fit note by an employee and how they can use it most effectively to help their organisation. The guidance can be found here.