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Pharmacists and the certification of fit notes

The PDA recently set out its position on the change to legislation allowing pharmacists to sign fit notes in an article on 16 June 2022. Subsequently, members working in general practice have queried whether they should start signing fit notes.

Wed 29th June 2022 The PDA

The government guidance on fit notes only provides guidance for GPs, employers, hospital doctors, and occupational health practitioners. This excludes pharmacists. The PDA’s understanding is that the healthcare professionals legally able to sign fit notes from 1 July 2022 must complete mandatory training before they start to do so. This e-learning is being developed by Health Education England and will be made available after 1 July 2022.

The PDA is therefore advising members that they should not be agreeing to certify or sign fit notes until they have completed the mandatory training once it is made available. In addition, the PDA advises that pharmacists should not be signing fit notes where the required therapeutic, diagnostic, or examination skills lie outside their scope of competence.

The PDA expects further information and guidance to be available from 1 July 2022.

Pharmacists with questions and concerns or under pressure to sign fit notes prematurely are encouraged to contact the PDA at enquiries@the-pda.org.

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