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.

Read the Data Priovision Notice: eMED3 (fit notes)

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.


Weekly collections (starting from January 2016) for the period 1 December 2014 - 31 August 2018.

Please note that due to the time elapsed between issuing this Data Provision Notice and the collection, analysis and dissemination of these data, some aspects of it may now be out of date. However, we will endeavour to keep this web page up to date.