The AHP Advisory Fitness for 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.

They subsequently worked together, with their specialist occupational health members/specialist interest groups, to develop the AHP Fitness Report in consultation with the Department of Health (DH) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

We are grateful to all of those groups who assisted with the pilots in 2011 and 2012 that have informed the final information and report.

Is it endorsed by the DH and DWP?

The DH (England) and DWP have been consulted throughout the development and have been generous in their advice. The DWP is keen to encourage AHPs to use the Report as a useful resource to support people to stay in/ return to work.

Other Stakeholders involved

Throughout the process we have engaged with a number of employer organisations, human resource organisations and also the Royal College of General Practitioners to seek their thoughts, involvement and support.

Additional documents

NHS Fife e-learning module

This innovative piece of work led by NHS Fife Occupational Therapy service for Mental Health supported the introduction of the Allied Health Professions Advisory Fitness for Work Report by the creation of an e-learning module.