If you are off work sick for seven days or less your employer 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.

“Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): Employee’s statement of sickness” forms can be completed by clicking the following link:


If you’re off work sick for more than seven days, your employer will usually ask you to provide proof that you’ve been ill. They will normally ask for a Fit Note from your GP. To request a Fit Note, please complete the fit note request form, available from reception. Regrettably, we cannot take your request over the telephone .

Your doctor will assess you, and if he or she decides that your health affects your fitness for work, they can issue a fit note and advise that:

  • you are “not fit for work”
  • you “may be fit for work taking into account the following advice”

Your GP cannot issue a fit note for non-medical problems (such as problems at home or relationship trouble at work). Please note that a fit note is classed as advice from your GP and your employer can decide whether or not to accept it.

Please allow 5 working days to process your Fit Note.

Data extraction by the Government regarding Fit Notes

Fit notes are also known as a ‘Statement of fitness for work’ or a ‘Med3 form’ and were introduced in April 2010 replacing the ‘sick note’. Doctors issue fit notes to people to record the advice they have given about their fitness for work.

From January 2016, the DWP will start to collect anonymous data on fit notes issued in England and will start publishing the data from spring 2016.

The data will help the DWP to gain a better understanding of sickness absence and develop policies to help people with health conditions return to work earlier:

“We know that for the majority of people, work can be good for their health. Understanding more about sickness absences will allow us to provide services where they are most needed to support patients, their families and communities”

The data being collected will be fully anonymised and will include:

  • The number of computer-generated fit notes issued;
  • The number of patients recorded as ‘unfit’ or ‘maybe fit’ for work;
  • Fit note duration;
  • Gender;
  • Health condition type aggregated to high-level diagnosis code;
  • Location, including CCG area;
  • Whether workplace adaptations were recommended.

This notice fulfills a legal requirement under the Data Protection Act (DPA) for practices to inform their patients of the data extract.

Please note that data will not be extracted for those patients with a Type 1 objection recorded i.e. those who have objected to their identifiable data from leaving the practice for purposes beyond their direct care. These objections will be respected, even though the extract does not include any patient identifiable data.

Data will be collected in February 2016 (to include fit notes issued from December 2014) and subsequently on a weekly basis until August 2018. The results will be published from spring 2016. Aggregated data will be published on the HSCIC website at CCG level and above.

Further information for practices is available online.

For further information


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