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What is a fit note and are nurses allowed to write them?

The legislation regarding issuing written statements on a person's fitness for work, plus what’s involved in the process, including training requirements

The legislation regarding issuing written statements on a person's fitness for work, plus what’s involved in the process, including training requirements

A fit note, sometimes referred to as a medical statement or a doctor’s note, is a written statement from a health professional giving their medical opinion on a person's fitness for work.

If a person in Great Britain is absent from work due to sickness for seven calendar days or less (including weekends), they do not require a fit note . In this period, the individual can self-certify, meaning they can inform their employer they are not well enough to work and do not need to provide any further medical evidence. If the sickness period lasts longer than seven calendar days, the person will

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