Fit Note Analysis

In September, NHS Digital published an analysis of GP fit notes, formerly sick notes.

Key Facts England, 2016-17

6.5 per cent of fit notes reported were classified as ‘may be fit for work’, with 4 out of 5 of these recommending an adaptation in the workplace, working hours or duties.
31.3 per cent of fit notes with a known diagnosis were for mental and behavioural disorders compared to 18.0 per cent for diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue.
21.5 per cent of mental and behavioural episodes are for more than 12 weeks, compared to 2.8 per cent for diseases of the respiratory system. Whilst the proportion for all episodes was 14.7 per cent.