Adam was last seen by your GP colleague at the surgery and was diagnosed with Depression 2 weeks ago. He has commenced antidepressants and is awaiting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He feels unable to work in any capacity at present and is struggling to motivate himself to leave the house or carry out daily tasks. You speak to him on the telephone and both agree that it would be sensible to issue him with a fit note stating he is unable to work for the next 2 weeks.
What is the maximum length of time a fit note can be signed for during the first 6 months of an illness?