Sick (fit) notes

If you’ve been off sick for more than 7 days

To request a sick note:

If you’ve been off sick for 7 days or less

If you’re off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead, they can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill. You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. We call this self-certification.

If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can:

Please remember you will need to hand a copy of your self-certification form to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor. 

Find out more about sick notes on the NHS website.