Fit Notes

Are you allowed to sign the Fit notes?

There is evidence that the longer someone is off work due to ill-health, the less likely they are to return, despite the health benefits that being at work can have.

Up until July 2022 only registered medical practitioners could legally certify fit notes.

The legislation was amended by DWP with effect from July 1st 2022. This enables nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists to certify fit notes.

However, the legislation requires these health care professionals to undertake an assessment to complete a fit note.

The link below explains the legislation in more detail.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/who-can-issue-fit-notes-guidance-for-healthcare-professionals-and-their-employers/who-can-issue-fit-notes-guidance-for-healthcare-professionals-and-their-employers#:~:text=3.,physiotherapists%20to%20certify%20fit%20notes.

The above link is for guidance that has been developed to provide advice to clinicians and their employers about certifying fit notes, it also has an e-learning fit note training module attached.