Sick Notes (Fit Notes)


The fit note was introduced to replace the old sick note on 6 April 2010. Doctors issue fit notes to individuals to provide evidence of the advice the doctor has given about the individual’s fitness for work. The fit note allows doctors to advise that individuals “may be fit for work” taking into account the doctor’s advice, or that they are “not fit for work”. Doctors use fit notes to record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so that individuals and employers can consider ways to help the individual return to work.

Please note that you only need a fit note if you are unable to work due to illness for longer than seven calendar days. We do not issue sick notes for illnesses less than seven calendar days. Please ask your employer for a SC2 self-certificate form or you can download it here.

Help & Guidance

Fit Note
Visit the Department for Work and Pensions to read all documents relating to the fit note (statement of fitness for work).

Fit Note: Guidance for Employees & Patients
This guide explains to patients and employees what different sections of the fit note mean and how they can use it to talk with their doctor and employer about returning to work.

Fit Note: Guidance for Employers & Line Managers
A guide that explains what to do if an employee gives you a fit note and how you can use the note most effectively to help your organisation. This includes information on how you can support the employee back to work, as well as option for how to get more information.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): Guidance for Employers
Employer information  on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates and eligibility, including when you need to pay SSP and when you don't

Statutory pay
More detailed guidance about Statutory Sick Pay