Healthcare professionals issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work.
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A new version of the fit note has been introduced that contains the name of the healthcare professional authorising the form, rather than needing it to be physically signed. While this change is being rolled out the previous version of the fit note that requires physically signing will still be legally valid.
From July 2022, fit notes can be certified and issued by nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists in addition to doctors.