Obtain A Fitness For Work Note

The DWP has issued strict guidelines for doctors to follow when issuing Fitness for Work notes (formerly known as sick notes). 

If the illness is: 

  • Less than 3 days: your employer should not require a Fitness for Work note. 
  • Between 3 and 7 days: you should hand your employer a self certificate(SC1). You do not need to see the doctor for this. 
  • More than 7 days: You will need a Fitness for Work note and must see the doctor to get one. It is only at 7 days that you need a doctorsnote. If you require a note covering illness when you saw a different doctor (e.g. casualty) the doctor at the surgery must be in receipt of written evidence that you saw another doctor. 

Fitness for Work notes needed before 7 days illness will incur a charge that should be borne by your employer. 

Please visit the Department for Work and Pensions website for more information.