Fit (Sick) notes
These are only needed for periods of illness making you unfit to work for greater than a week. Shorter periods are covered by a self-certificate from your employer. Private sick notes for short periods will incur a charge.
When a hospital recommends a period of time off work they should provide you with the note. Usually we need a face-to-face consultation.
Fit Notes now include a section recommending a return to work with restrictions according to the disability. In general being at work is a good thing with many health benefits, and this change is to promote a return to work.