Self Certification Sick / Fit Note for less than 28 days

If you have been ill for 28 days or less you don’t need to see a doctor. You can complete a Self Certification form yourself. However some employers insist on a doctor’s note regardless. A doctors note under these circumstances involves a charge.

The rules changed in December 2021 to allow GPs to focus on covid vaccination and so it is no longer after 7 days that you need to get a sick note from a GP.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can download this Self Certification Form (PDF). Please  print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a doctor.