Changes to health professionals who can issue fit notes

From 1 July 2022 a new range of healthcare professionals will be able to issue fit for work notes in England, Scotland and Wales. 

Increased pressure on GPs, due to the pandemic and a fall in the number of GPs, has meant patients have found it more difficult to get a fit for work note.

Acknowledging this, the Government has changed the law in England, Scotland and Wales to enable other healthcare professionals to authorise fit notes. 

The good news for people with Parkinson’s is that from 1 July - when the new rules come into effect - nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists will have the power to issue fit notes, in both GP and hospital settings. 

We’re pleased about this, as these professionals will often have a more comprehensive understanding of how their patient’s Parkinson’s symptoms, or medication side effects, might affect their ability to carry out their job. 

Welcome news

Sue Christoforou, Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at Parkinson's UK, said: “This is good news for working people with Parkinson’s, who, perhaps because they are adapting to new medication or their symptoms have been affected by work related stress and need to take sick leave.

"They will be able to call on these additional healthcare professionals who know them best to assess their fitness for work.”

Share how working with Parkinson’s is impacting you

We want to hear about your experiences of taking time off work when needed. Please share your experience with us.

And don’t forget if you need information and support or advice on Parkinson’s and employment, please call (0808 800 0303) or email our helpline.