Sick/Fit Note Certificates

Self Certification Sick/Fit Note for less than 7 days

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to see a Doctor. You can complete a Self-Certification form yourself. However some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. A Doctors note under these circumstances involves a charge of £40.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download the Self Certification Form. Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.

Doctor’s Sick/Fit Note for more than 7 days

If you have been ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor’s certificate. These certificates are called ‘Fitness to Work’ Certificates. For day 1 to 6 of your absence you will still need to self certify using the form on the left labelled 'First Sick/Fit Note'. In some cases where it is clear you are going to absent for a long time your doctor can backdate the initial sick note to the first day of absence, for example if you have had an operation requiring a prolonged recovery.

The doctor may call you or arrange for an appointment if there is any doubt or the reasons for the absence need to be clarified.

If you have already been seen by your Doctor about this illness your certificate will usually be available within a week.

Requesting an additional Sick/Fit Note

If you have already had a Sick Note (Fit Note) for this illness your Doctor may not need to see you to issue an additional Sick Note. Please complete this form. We will contact you to let you know when you can collect your Sick / Fit Note or we may contact you to arrange an appointment.

Coronavirus sick notes