Illness, health beliefs, and personal and organisational issues are important determinants of sickness absence.
It is a common misperception that work is bad for your recovery and that a return cannot take place until completely symptom free.
A Fit Note allows doctors to advise people who are on sick absence for over 7 days on whether particular types of support from their employer may be helpful to allow an early return to work.
Returning to work can in many cases help recovery as work is generally good for health and wellbeing.
What to do
- Record sickness absence and keep in touch
- Plan and implement workplace amendments/adjustments where appropriate
- Use professional advice if necessary
- Agree and review a plan for return to work
- Co-ordinate the process of returning to work
- Working together to prevent sickness absence becoming job loss -HSE(GB) website (pdf format)
- Fit note - GOV.UK website
- Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (www.legislation.gov.uk)
- The Access to Personal Files and Medical Reports (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 (www.legislation.gov.uk)
- Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (www.legislation.gov.uk)
Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.