14 Aug Research shows fit notes are not being used to their full potential
A study of over 900 GPs, patients and employers which was commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and conducted by Nottingham University has found that fit notes are not being used to their full potential to manage sick leave.
The study identified barriers to better use being a lack of understanding about how use fit notes, GPs having limited consultation time due to their workload and a lack of clarity about the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees when using fit notes. Recommendations include specific training for employers and GPs and development of best practice in the completion, timing, sharing and application of fit notes. (Fit notes replaced sickness certificates in 2010).