New legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to certify fit notes has been introduced by the UK government.
Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists are now all able to legally certify fit notes in addition to doctors.
This change does not otherwise alter the purpose and function of the fit note.
It will continue to support and empower better conversations about work and health between employers and staff.
This change makes it easier to get advice certified by the most relevant healthcare professional.
These professionals should be working within general practice or delivering NHS services as access to the new version of the fit note is limited to these settings.
Updated guidance and training for the healthcare professionals in scope has been delivered, and updated guidance for employers and patients is available, by clicking HERE.