Fitness for work

The Allied Health Professions Advisory Fitness for Work Report provides a consistent and nationally recognised tool for AHPs to advise employees on their fitness for work. It is more commonly known as “the fit note”.

The fit note

The fit note helps you to provide information on the functional impact of a patient’s reported problem and to suggest options that may support the patient to remain in, or return to, work. 

It will advise your patient, their employer and GP (subject to the patient’s consent) on the issues reported by the patient as causing difficulty, and should focus on specific work-related difficulties.

Find out more about the fit note
CPD Advice

Fit note and form

Download the fit note and form but don't forget to read the guidance on completion first.

Download fit note and form

Questions and answers

These questions and answers help to explain the fit note.

Frequently asked questions
Media releases

Fitness for work paper

This resource is relevant to all physiotherapy staff whose patients, service users and clients include people of working age.

It is designed to support physiotherapy staff working in all sectors to understand both their responsibilities and opportunities in considering work as a health outcome for working-age adults.

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Patients will be able to book appointments with physiotherapists at their local GP practice

Physiotherapy Works for Fitness for Work

Referral to physiotherapy can help people to work.

For those already in work, physiotherapists can help to prevent sickness absence in the first place, and facilitate sustainable return to work following sickness absence.

For those not working, physiotherapy can enable individuals to take opportunities to work. Early access to physiotherapy benefits individuals, workplaces and the economy.

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How you can stay fit for work