Sick/Fit Note

More than 7 days off sick

If you are sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will normally ask you to provide a medical certificate from your GP.

When you need a certificate will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need a note.

To find out about your employer's policy:

  • ask your team leader or supervisor
  • speak to someone from your human resources (HR) or personnel department

To request a sick note:


7 days off sick 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. This is called self-certification.


This can be filled out here Ask your employer for Statutory Sick Pay - GOV.UK (

When your fit note runs out

If your certificate expires, but you’re still sick, you can book an appointment with our Employment Support Health Coach who can review your fit note extension. This does not require a GP Appointment.