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OTs urged to use AHP Fitness for Work report after government gives the thumbs up

Government approves Allied Health Professional Fitness for Work Report as permissible for SSP

Published on 2nd April 2018

Occupational therapists are being urged to use the AHP Fitness for Work Advisory Report in their professional remits after the government has confirmed that it is admissible as evidence for Statutory Sick Pay.

AHP Fitness for Work Advisory Report for the purposes of Statutory Sick Pay in its command paper Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability .

The Department for Health and Social Care and Department for Work and Pensions Health Unit has acknowledged that the report is suitable medical evidence for SSP.

“Acceptable medical evidence for SSP would normally be in the form of a statement given by a doctor i.e. a fit note, however if both the employer and employee agree then an appropriately completed and signed Allied Health Professional Fitness for Work Report could be permissible,” said a statement from the Joint Work and Health Unit.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is encouraging occupational therapists working in employment and vocation are encouraged to amplify their use of this document within their professional remits, and the College is encouraging members to ensure they take full advantage of the department’s revised stance on the AHP Fitness for Work Advisory Reports. 

Assistant Director for Professional Practice at RCOT, Karin Bishop says: “Occupational therapists and their unique skillset are well placed to carry out a variety of assessments relating to fitness for work. This announcement from the Joint Work and Health Unit is the first step towards widening the extension of fit note certification to other health care professionals. We believe this will relieve significant pressure on GPs, freeing them up to work more effectively with primary care issues.”

RCOT members can access the report and guidance here.

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