Sick notes

You only need a doctor’s note if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than seven calendar days. SC2 self-certification forms for shorter periods of illness (up to seven calendar days) can be completed electronically.

If your employer is not willing to accept an SC2 self-certification form, a charge will be made for a private sick note.

  • Recurrent sick notes can be backdated.
For more information regarding sicknotes please visit

Fit note: guidance for patients and employees - GOV.UK (

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