Skip Navigation

Data Provision Notice eMED3 (fit notes)

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.

icon Read the Data Priovision Notice: eMED3 (fit notes) [422.48KB]

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.
NHS Digital will receive patient-level data but it will not be identifiable (i.e. NHS number and other variables that could identify an individual will not be collected). An Information Governance assessment of this collection advised that the data extracted is non-identifiable and there is no requirement for fair processing under the Data Protection Act 1998.
The data collected will be published on the NHS Digital website on a quarterly basis starting in August 2017.

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this Data Provision Notice and the collection, analysis and dissemination of these data, some aspects of it may now be out of date.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.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact

Tell us what you think of the new website beta.

We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies. Find out more