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Exploring Physiotherapists’ Perspectives on Using the Fit Note in Practice: A Survey Study

Please find below information about the study, along with the survey link. The participant information sheet is embedded in the survey.

What is the research about?

In this research project we want to understand how physiotherapists think and feel about using the Fit Note, across a range of settings, bands, and practice contexts. We are asking physiotherapists opinions on whether the Fit Note is relevant in their role, whether it is within their scope of practice, how confident they feel about this development, what might prevent them from using the Fit Note, what might help them, and what training or support may be required. This understanding will inform recommendations for the effective roll out of Fit Notes in physiotherapy practice.

Please note that this research intends to understand your experience and thoughts, not to test your knowledge or competence. It is an opportunity to reflect on your own practice and that of your profession and to contribute to the development of guidance in this topic area. You will remain anonymous in the data collection and analysis.


What does the research involve?

At this stage, you are being invited to take part in an online survey but at a later stage there may also be an opportunity to take part in a focus group, should you wish to

We want to explore all physiotherapists’ perspectives on using the Fit Note in practice, whether positive or negative, whether you think it is relevant to you or not. We want to understand the opportunities, facilitators, and challenges physiotherapists may face, and identify the support, learning and development they may need if they want to incorporate Fit Note certification into their practice.

This research is being carried out by a research team at the University of Salford. This survey took on average 12minutes minutes to complete during testing.

We are keen for as many people to take part in this survey as possible, with a broad range of perspectives, to give us as much evidence to inform our findings as we can. Please forward this on to anyone you think might be willing to take part and share their views.

Thank you for reading this invitation, please find the survey here (

Ethics approved by the University of Salford:  11559