The AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report
What is the AHP Advisory Fitness to Work Report?
The Allied Health Professions Advisory Fitness for Work Report (AHP Fitness Report) is an A4 form which provides an employee, their employer and GP with information which may be used to help keep that employee in work if possible or be signed off, usually for a specified length of time while recovering from injury, illness or a procedure.
The AHP Fitness Report is appropriate for a physical or mental health work-related issue to help employers and GPs to understand practical modifications that may help an individual remain engaged with or return to work. It is designed to be clearly recognisable and easily read, with contact details for employers to follow up recommendations with practitioners if necessary.
Why was the AHP Advisory Fitness to Work Report developed?
Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) were keen to establish their role as potential alternative signatories for fit notes currently signed by GPs and consultants. Following agreement by the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) it was agreed that a group of representatives would be established to develop the AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report.
The AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report would be for use by AHPs in all four nations to establish the AHP expertise in assisting individuals to return or remain in work that would be recognised by employers and GPs.
Who developed it?
In the original call out to all the AHP groups for engagement in designing the AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report, the professional bodies of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP),The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) were the three who signed up.
Is it endorsed by the DH and DWP?
Other Stakeholders involved
- Download the AHP Advisory Fitness to Work Report and further information
- Download the guidance for completion of the AHP Advisory Fitness to Work Report
- Download the FAQ document
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