Project: Getting the best from the fit note


This project was submitted on 27/01/2014

This project aims to address the gaps in the evidence-base for the GP fit note by investigating the key features of successful fit note use in order to optimise its effectiveness from the perspective of all three stakeholders: GP, employer and employee.

The objectives are:

To reach a consensus on the content of the ideal fit note from the perspective of employers, employees and GPs in order to facilitate return-to-work and work retention.
To produce recommendations for good practice in the completion, timing, transmission and application of fit notes.
To identify acceptable methods of facilitating dialogue between the stakeholders.
To develop specific training for employers and GPs in the effective use of fit notes.

Occupational health & wellbeing
Agriculture, Aviation and Aerospace, Chemical, Construction, Education, Engineering, Entertainment and Leisure, Environmental and Waste management, Finance, Fire, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Local Authorities, Manufacturing, Media, Nuclear, Offices, Offshore, Other, Public Sector, Quarrying / Mining, Railway, Retail, Telecommunications, Transport

Organisation: University of Nottingham

Medicine and Health Sciences
A floor, South Block link,,
Queens Medical Centre,
NG7 2UH,
0115 951 5151

Principal Investigator: Professor Avril Drummond

Other Researchers: Carolyn Coole and Erica Kucharczyk

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