The Secretary of State has laid before parliament changes to The Social Security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 in respect of who is eligible to issue and sign fit notes for SSP purposes. The change in legislation is for England, Wales, and Scotland.

Where the original regulation showed the requirement of a doctor’s assessment and signature on the fit note, this has been changed to “healthcare professional” and incorporates other healthcare individuals below:

  • a registered medical practitioner
  • a registered nurse
  • a registered occupational therapist or registered physiotherapist
  • a registered pharmacist within the meaning of article 3 of the Pharmacy Order 2010

Further details of the regulation can be found here:

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