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Further changes to the ‘fit note’ regime

July 12, 2022
Employment Law

In April 2022, we reported on the new phenomenon of the ‘electronic fit-note’. Well now we can report on yet further changes to the way in which fit notes can be issued.

What’s happening?

Until now, only doctors have been able to sign off fit notes issued for statutory sick pay purposes. However, with effect from 1 July 2022, the categories of medical professional permitted to issue fit notes has been extended to include:

  • registered nurses;
  • occupational therapists;
  • pharmacists; and 
  • physiotherapists. 

These professionals will be permitted to issue fit notes, as long as they are working in hospitals or GP practices. The hope is that this will reduce the burden previously placed on doctors and allow sick notes to be issued more efficiently and more effectively.

Good news?

It will be interesting to see how this new arrangement works. Will it have a positive effect on the speed with which fit notes are provided? Will it impact on the quality and helpfulness of the information and advice they contain? Could it have the effect of increasing the number of fit notes issued to workers? Only time will tell.

Want to read more?

If you would like to read more about this change in the rules, you can find a copy of the relevant Government press release via the link below:


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