New legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to certify fit notes has been introduced by the UK government.

From 1 July 2022, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists are all able to legally certify fit notes in addition to doctors.

This makes it easier to get advice certified by the most relevant healthcare professional.

The new legislation does not otherwise alter the purpose and function of the fit note, which will continue to support and empower better conversations about work and health between employers and workers.

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.

Visit GOV.UK for the latest guidance on fit notes for employers and line managers.

HSE has further advice and guidance on managing sick leave and return to work.

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