Sick note: Why you no longer need to ask your GP for one – new government rules

“You should ask your healthcare professional to give you practical advice in the fit note about what you can do at work, rather than simply record your health condition.”

It adds: “You should then discuss this advice with your employer, to see if they can make any changes to help you return to work.”

The move has been welcomed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Head of nursing practice at the RCN, Wendy Preston, said: “We have been pushing and influencing for this to happen.

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