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" (SC2). You do not need to see the doctor for this.  Please click the link below to download a copy of the SC2 form to complete and hand into your employer.
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2
  • 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 doctors’ note. 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.
  • If you wish to request an extension to your current Fitness for Work note, please speak to one of our receptionists who will be able to help. 

Fitness for Work notes needed before 7 days illness will incur a charge of £20.00.  If your employer is insisting on a Fitness for Work note outside of DWP guidelines they should bear the cost of our providing this. 

Visit the Department for Work and Pensions website for more information.