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Fit Notes

From 6 April 2010 a new Statement of Fitness for Work (also known as the Form Med 3 or “fit note”) will be introduced across Scotland, England and Wales which will enable doctors to give their patients better advice about returning to work.

Fit Notes -Guidance for Emergency Medicine
This advice has been prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions, and is endorsed by the College of Emergency Medicine, to ensure that Fellows and Members provide consistent and standard advice to adult patients who request or require a fit note (27th Jan 2011).

Statement of Fitness for Work: a guide for hospital doctors

Letter from DWP Chief Medical Adviser

Further information on the Statement of Fitness for Work is available online at:


Healthy Working UK website

There is growing evidence that supporting individuals to stay in or return to work is an important outcome of clinical care and significantly benefits patients.

Over the past three years Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, has been working with colleagues in the Health Work and Well-being cross-government team, Royal Colleges, specialist societies and Cardiff University, to develop a range of resources for healthcare professionals to support their training and their management of issues related to health and work in their consultations.

This has led to the development of the Healthy Working UK website. This site provides access to information, guidance and training on the management of health and work and can be found at (19 Oct 2011)