From 1 July 2022, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists will be able to certify fit notes – something that before that date only GPs or hospital doctors could legally do.
Note that as fit notes can only be issued following an assessment of a person’s fitness for work, they cannot be issued on request or via over-the-counter services. So if this is provided by a pharmacist, it will be after a consultation with the individual.
Therefore as employers you should not be surprised to see a change in who signs the medical certificates that employees provide.
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Award-winning HR consultant Helen Astill has considerable experience in all aspects of practical human resource management and development, gained from a variety of senior positions in both public and private sectors.
Cherington HR joined HR Solutions in July 2021, providing Cherington HR’s clients with a wider service offering and extensive additional experienced staff.