What is a H1?
The term H1 is regularly used when referring to injury awards, but what does it mean and where does it come from?
In simple terms, it refers to the certificate provided by the Selected Medical Practitioner (‘SMP’) confirming the following questions,
- whether the person concerned is disabled
- whether the disablement is likely to be permanent
- whether the disablement is the result of an injury received in the execution of duty
- the degree of the person’s disablement
The mnemonic ‘H1’ derives from the Police Pension Regulations 1987, which curiously used a system of letters and number to identify the various sections of the act. This is the section,
H1-(4) The decision of the selected medical practitioner on the questions referred to him under this Regulation shall be expressed in the form of a certificate and shall, subject to Regulations H2 and H3, be final.
Injury awards are now administered under The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006, and regulation 30 of replaces section H1, where instead of a certificate, a report is now provided,
30-(6) The decision of the selected medical practitioner on the question or questions referred to him under this regulation shall be expressed in the form of a report and shall, subject to regulations 31 and 32, be final.
That said, people often still refer to this report as a H1.