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eMED3 (fit notes) Data Provision Notice
Data Provision Notice for the collection of anonymised data on patients who have been issued with a fit note under the Fit for Work scheme.
Overview of the collection
Appropriate provision of support services for people to be able to return to work is an important priority for both the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The anonymised data is being collected on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of the Fit for Work programme.
The data is also important to help identify geographic level differences in return to work so that national and local providers can respond to provide appropriate services.
Scope of the collection
All general practices in England are in scope.
Legal basis for provision of data
Section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act.