Sick Note / Fit Note Certificates

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The law says that Employees can take time off work if they’re ill. They need to give their employer proof if they’re ill for more than 7 days.

If they’re ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.



if you have been sick for 7 days or less in a row including non working days you do not need to give your employer a fit note or other proof of sickness from a healthcare professional.

When you return to work, your employer can ask you to confirm you have been off sick. This is called ‘self-certification’. The employer and employee will agree on how the employee should do this. You might need to fill in a form or send an email.


Getting a fit note

You only need to give your employer proof if you have been ill for more than 7 days in a row and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays.

Employees can get a fit note from the following healthcare professionals:

  • GP or hospital doctor
  • registered nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist

The healthcare professional needs to assess the employee’s fitness for work before giving a fit note.

Fit notes are free if the employee has been ill for more than 7 days when they ask for one. The healthcare professional might charge a fee if the employee has been ill for 7 days or less.

Other proof of sickness

If their employer agrees, the employee can use a similar document called an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Health and Work Report instead. Someone working in any of the following occupations can provide this:

  • Art Therapist
  • Dramatherapist
  • Chiropodist
  • Dietitian
  • Music therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Operating Department Practitioner
  • Orthoptist
  • Osteopath
  • Orthotist
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Prosthetist
  • Radiographer
  • Speech and language therapist