Sickness Certificates

Do I need a sickness certificate from the doctor?

Employees only need a doctors’ note (now called ‘Fit Notes’) for illnesses lasting more than seven days.  This government web page explains more, and also has a link to a downloadable self certification form.

Please don’t request sickness certification for illness lasting seven days or less.

Can the doctor give me a backdated sick note?

Backdated notes can only be given by a doctor based on a previous assessment.  Government guidance on this case be found on the first page of this document. 

Do I need a ‘return to work’ note?

No.  This is clearly stated on page 8 of the ‘Guidance for Employers and Line managers’ document from the government.

Notes for treatment in hospital

If you are off work for more than seven days for an illness that has been treated in hospital, either as an inpatient, an outpatient, or in A+E, then you should obtain a note from the hospital doctor responsible for your care.  Some hospital doctors are unaware of this, so we have provided a link here for government advice on this matter.

Students

There is a separate page on our website giving details about Student sickness certification.  Here’s the link.