REQUEST A FIT NOTE 

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Fit (Sick) Note

You do not need a sick note for the first 7 days of an illness - you can still self-certify your illness.

For isolating due to COVID-19 you can get an isolation note for up to 14 days here: 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

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 may involve a charge. Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can complete the Employee's Statement of Sickness (SC2) form online

When you’ve filled in the form give it to your employer, it will help them decide if you can get SSP. Keep a copy for your own information.

E.g. could you work from home, do fewer hours, or do different tasks at work?
 
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Query: Fit (Sick) Note

Have you already had a note about this?

Tell us briefly about your illness or medical problem

When would you like the note to start? When do you think you can return to work?

If possible, is there anything your employer could do to help you return sooner?

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You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

 

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)