Sick/Fit Note Certificates

Self Certification Sick/Fit Note for less than 7 days

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to contact a Doctor, if all you need is certification. You can complete a Self-Certification form yourself, Self Cert Form. However some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless, this is not in line with national guidance. A Doctors note under these circumstances will involve a charge as this is not an NHS service.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download the Self Certification Form. Please complete and send it to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.

LC Forms ( - Statutory Sick Pay- Employees statement of sickness.


Doctor’s Sick/Fit Note for more than 7 days

If you have been ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor’s certificate. These certificates are called ‘Fitness to Work’ Certificates. The doctor may wish to discuss your condition.

If you have already been in contact with your Doctor about this illness your certificate will be sent to you within a week.