Statement of Fitness for Work or Fit Note (Med 3)
The Statement of Fitness for Work has two options:
- Not fit for work
- May be fit for work taking account of the following advice
When is a fit note required?
Fit notes are issued to patients by doctors following an assessment of their fitness for work. A fit note is issued after the first seven days of sickness absence (when patients can self-certify) if the doctor assesses that the patient’s health affects their fitness for work. The doctor can decide the patient is ‘unfit for work’ or ‘may be fit for work subject to the following advice…’ with accompanying notes on suggested adjustments or adaptations to the job role or workplace.
While they can be written by hand, most fit notes provided by a GP are now computer-generated.
You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.